Arresting Legacies of the Berlin Wall
Forum Theatre, Level 1, Room 153
Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, many questions remain unanswered and many scars are yet to heal. Especially for those families whose loved ones died escaping across the inner-German border or were shot at the Berlin Wall, justice has been elusive and the past remains unsettled. Unable to find answers as to what really happened, not even in the clinical Stasi records of their relatives’ deaths, the bereaved have become victims themselves. Filmmaker Stefan Weinert, an internationally active German actor, director and author will introduce his harrowing documentary film The Family, which is a painful and important documentation of recent German history, and speak to its arresting legacies.
Mr Stefan Weinert
Stefan Weinert is an internationally active German actor, director and author. In addition to his acting education in Cologne and New York, Stefan Weinert has completed further training in stage and film design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he earned a master’s degree. Until 1996 he worked exclusively for theatres and opera houses among others: Liceu Barcelona, Vienna Opera and Opera of Cologne. He then switched to film and first directed and produced short films and later ´45´90minutes films. Since 1996 he has been standing in front of and behind the camera. He was twice on the shortlist for “Best supporting Actor” at the leading Spanish film awards, “Premios Goya 2019 + 2018”, for his interpretation of “Coronel Maier” in “El Jugador de Ajedrez” and as Kommandant from Mauthausen in “El Fotografo de Mauthausen”. This year he took over a leading part in historical Series in Poland and in Spain. Stefan's main focus is historical memory. As a director, apart from numerous international nominations in Sao Paolo, Montreal or Zürich he received the "Cinema for Peace Award" for his latest feature documentary film during the “Berlinale” film festival and has won numerous prizes for short comedies he wrote and directed. His current production deals with forced “adoptions” in the GDRDictatorship.