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Gundermann

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The Toronto premiere of Gundermann, plus a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Special early Paradise event! Get your first tickets to Paradise before we launch our full program on November 27, and open our doors on December 5.

The German Consulate Toronto and the Goethe-Institut present a one-time free screening and the Toronto premiere of the award-winning biopic Gundermann, about famed East German singer Gerhard Gundermann. Director Andreas Dresen presents the storied life of the titular political singer-songwriter and eventual Stasi spy, covering his struggles with music, life and the secret police. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of former GDR citizens as well as journalists sharing their very personal stories of life before and during the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago.

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Claude Adams is a freelance writer, producer, videophotographer , and documentary filmmaker who has worked in all media for more than four decades. He was the chief European correspondent for CBC’s The National, and covered the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and the end of Communism in Europe. Having grown up as a German-Canadian he describes this as one special moment in his career.

Nadine Jocaitis was born in Gotha, Thuringia, in 1980 and grew up in a small community in the surrounding area. Her memory of the GDR is that of a carefree childhood; holiday camps, West Packages, summers in Hungary where they with friends and relatives from West Germany. For her, GDR, and above all its end, stands for the unbelievable things that people achieved with their peaceful demonstrations. Nadine now lives in Canada.

Jim Sheppard was appointed London Bureau Chief of The Canadian Press in 1986, with an assignment to cover all of Europe from that base. In October, 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, he completed his first reporting assignment in the former Soviet Union with a multi-week assignment to Moscow. He was in Berlin as the Wall came down and often thereafter. Six months later, he was appointed Moscow Bureau Chief of The Canadian Press where his mandate included coverage of all of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He also covered first the social and economic union of the two Germanys, followed by unification itself.

Gabriele Mueller is Associate Professor in German Studies at York University. Her research interests lie in the areas of German cultural studies, contemporary German film, and East German studies. She has concentrated mainly on two areas: an exploration of cinematic responses to social change, and cinematic discourses on cultural memory, in particular related to the remembering of the GDR.

Presented by German Consulate Toronto and the Goethe-Institut.

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