This screening brings together Margarethe von Trotta’s The German Sisters (1981) and Joyce Wieland’s Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968).
Margarethe von Trotta’s New German Cinema classic The German Sisters is a study of sisterhood based on the real-life story of the Ensslin sisters. Juliane and Marianne have taken divergent paths in pursuit of political emancipation in post-war West Germany. Juliane is a feminist activist, and Marianne is a violent revolutionary in a Baader-Meinhof-like terrorist group. Following Marianne’s arrest, Juliane is forced to contend with the brutal powers of the state.
Joyce Weiland’s Rat Life and Diet in North America is a jail-break satire in which rats escape from political imprisonment in the United States and make an escape to Canada. Made in 1968, this witty political allegory intercuts newsreel footage of revolution and rebellion as the rats hone their skills as guerilla fighters.
A specially commissioned essay by Lucy Reynolds accompanies this screening.
Sat, 23 Mar 2019
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