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Film series continue at ASU

Article Published: Mar. 8, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 18, 2012
Film series continue at ASU

German history and sustainability are the themes for two film series currently running at Appalachian State University, with screenings to be held in March and April.

German History Series

During spring semester 2012, Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will present a series of feature films and documentaries on Germany in the 20th century.

The films will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Greenbriar Cinema of ASU’s Plemmons Student Union. The series is sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, ASU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Joseph and Frieda Ross Foundation.

Each film will be introduced briefly by one of the center’s co-directors, who will be available to answer questions. All films are free and open to the public.

March 25 - ‘The Murderers Are Among Us’
(1946, English subtitles)
Critically ranked in Germany’s Top 10 post-1945 films, this picture offers a penetrating examination of German society’s earliest attempts to cope with the shame and guilt for Nazism and the Holocaust. Filmed in the ruins of Berlin in 1946, “Murderers” follows the struggles of a medical doctor who can’t overcome his sense of guilt at silently witnessing the Nazi murder of women and children. (81 minutes)

April 1 - ‘Marriage of Maria Braun’
(1979, English subtitles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The “Marriage of Maria Braun” is about postwar Germany’s reconstruction as seen through the struggles and prosperity of an aggressive young war bride. An excellent performance by Hanna Schygulla, this film presents Fassbinder at his very best. (85 minutes)

Sustainability Series

The sustainability film series at Appalachian State University enters its third year with films that focus on environmental and economic issues and social justice.

A feature-length film will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge. A 30-minute panel discussion will follow. Visit for more information.

Sponsors of this year’s series are the Office of Sustainable Development, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Belk Library and Information Commons, and Appalachian’s Renewable Energy Initiative and Energy Center.

‘The Last Mountain’
Tuesday, March 20
“The Last Mountain” is a film about the ongoing battle between the need to balance America’s energy needs with the environmental and social effects on communities in West Virginia. Sponsored by the Renewable Energy Initiative and Belk Library.

Tuesday, April 17
“Wasteland” follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys through Brazil and the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro. Muniz recreates images of the city’s trash pickers, “catadores,” using trash as one of his mediums. It becomes a mission to help the catadores transform their lives through art and the re-imagination of their lives. Sponsored by the Energy Center.

The series is hosted by Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Geology. For more information about the film series, contact Brian Zimmer in the Department of Geology at (

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