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Dotted Lines: Women Filmmakers Connect the Past and the Present

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
7:30 p.m. DDR/DDR
Amie Siegel (U.S., 2008)

Amie Siegel in Person

DDR/DDR is one in a series of what the
artist and filmmaker has termed “ciné-constellations,” self-reflexive essays concerned with memory, psychoanalysis, and modern architecture. “The film is a mosaic of interviews and incidents that gradually connect, allowing issues of history, state control, personal identity, and memory to emerge. A man walking across streets and fields as if on a tightrope is a recurring motif—an apt metaphor for the East-West divide. The camera moves through derelict East German buildings and records a man throwing Stasi-style electronic equipment from a moving truck; East German emulators of American Indian culture explain that their hobby began as a clandestine cry for freedom from Soviet oppression. The sociocultural theme is complicated, however, by a former East German mother who reminisces about her family’s more comfortable life before reunification. The ruminating psychological and intellectual content of Siegel's works posits that everything is subject to shifting interpretation” (Jason Edward Kaufman, Whitney Biennial 2008).

• (135 mins, Color, DigiBeta)