EVENT: Online Film: The Brasch Family (2018) with panel discussion (9 –13 June 2022)

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Centre for Jewish Studies University of Manchester event

Online streaming of Annekatrin Hendel’s film The Brasch Family (Germany, 2018), followed by panel discussion.

Dir. Annekatrin Hendel | Germany 2018 | 102 mins | German with English subtitles

The film will be available on the UKJF streaming platform from 9-13 June 2022.

It is followed by an online live discussion panel on 13 June, 18.00 BST (British Summer Time). Register for the panel discussion in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Born Jewish but raised Catholic, Horst Brasch fled Nazi Germany to England but returned to the newly formed GDR after the war as a devoted communist. Rising quickly through the ranks, Brasch played a major role in creating a whole new national culture, but failed miserably when it came to shaping the minds of his own four children: his eldest son Thomas, for example, took part in the 1968 protests, a transgressive act that put an end to his father’s career, and later became a provocative filmmaker in West Germany. In this documentary, author Marion Brasch, the youngest daughter and sole surviving member of her nuclear family, tells the story of her parents and brothers – a multigenerational saga that captures their fascinating lives as influential politicians and artists, and the ever-changing political and cultural landscape of their homeland in the 20th century.

The discussion panel includes the film’s director, Annekatrin Hendel (Berlin); Katie Trumpener, Emily Sanford Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Film and Media Studies (Yale University), and the writer and political educator Juliette Brungs (Berlin). The panel will be moderated by Cathy Gelbin, who is Professor of Film and German Studies (University of Manchester).

Supported by the AHRC and the University of Manchester. In collaboration with UK Jewish Film.