International Film Festival: “After Winter Comes Spring” Preview

The SUU Languages and Philosophy department is hosting the annual International Film Festival from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 in the Sharwan Smith Student Theatre, room 161D.

“After Winter Comes Spring (Winter Adé)” shows Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. There will be an introduction post-screening discussion with Assistant Professor of English Dr. Kelley Ferguson.

Director Helke Misselwitz made this documentary in 1988 in the final year of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). That is to say, right before the collapse of East Germany with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Misselwitz interviewed women in the GDR about their lives and the state of women in East Germany directly before the collapse of the wall.

The film is German with English subtitles and has a runtime of 115 minutes.

Assistant Professor of German Corey Twitchell chose this film specifically because of his desire to include both a documentary and drama selection for the German films shown at the film festival.

“I have found that my students here at SUU are deeply interested in the social and political history of the former East German republic and wanted one of my film selections to reflect that interest,” Twitchell said. “If you have ever wanted to see what East German punks from the late ’80s look like (I feel a “Stranger Things” coming on), this is the film for you.”

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Story by
Andrew Leavitt

Photo courtesy of
SUU Language Department