Alone In Berlin
Directed by Vincent Perez, France, 2016, English, 103 min
How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? This true-life tale of courage unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson & Emma Thompson) are a working class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. When their son is killed fighting on the frontlines, however, everything changes. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector (Daniel Brühl) who will not rest until the culprits have been caught. Based on the bestselling novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin is both a gripping thriller and a stirring ode to resistance.
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Johan Åhr
Dr. Johan Åhr is Associate Professor of history at Hofstra University. He teaches Modern European history, especially France and Germany in World War Two. He writes on the Holocaust, frequently on the problem of the monument and commemorative, public art; and he is currently completing a book on Auschwitz and Primo Levi, an author of both fiction and non-fiction.