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Jenseits des Krieges
East of War
White-tiled rooms, neon lighting, on the walls black and white photographs from the exhibition entitled Vernichtungskrieg (War of Extermination) documenting the atrocities committed by the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. Against this background, Ruth Beckermann and cameraman Peter Roehsler have filmed former soldiers talking about their experiences beyond the bounds of "normal" warfare. With a mixture of helplessness, impotence, shame, opportunism and undiminished fanaticism, witnesses from that time tell of atrocities such as shootings of Russian prisoners-of-war, the murder of Jews and the rape and abuse of women. The differing accounts of these events demonstrate how selective perception was even in this most inhuman and brutal of environments. This film seeks not only to contribute to the demolition of the myth of the "decent" Wehrmacht (as opposed to the evil SS) but also to illuminate the period in which the Second Republic was founded in Austria and to make a diagnosis of the present. The images of this war that take shape in the accounts of these "talking heads" have an immediacy and power to move rarely found in historical documents or fictional portrayals.
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Arsenal Kino shows complete oeuvre of RUTH BECKERMANN
The Berlin based Arsenal Kino is dedicating a retrospective to Ruth Beckermann’s complete oeuvre until april 29, 2018. Opportunities to catch up with documentaries and essays signed by Ruth Beckermann since the late 1970ies and her first and only feature film so far, THE DREAMED ONES.