The Goethe-Institut celebrates the anniversary of German reunification with the Screening of the film The Forgotten Treasure

The Goethe-Institut presents the documentary
On the anniversary of German reunification

From October 1 to 10 on the ARTS.FILM platform

On the occasion of the commemoration day of German reunification on October 3, the Goethe-Institut Montreal and the International Festival of Films on Art are pleased to present the documentary The Forgotten Treasure (Der Vergessene Schatz) by German filmmaker Tom Ehrhardt. The feature film will be available for free and upon registration on the FIFA ARTS.FILM platform from October 1 to 10. Note that on October 3, the presentation of the film will be accompanied by an online and live discussion between the director Tom Ehrhardt and Katharina Niemeyer, professor at the School of Media at the University of Quebec in Montreal and director of CELAT-UQAM (Cultures-Arts-Societies research center).

A treasure is stored in a secret place in Brasilia: the largest private collection of non-conformist art in the GDR. Its collector, Brazilian diplomat Chagas Freitas, is the key to an almost forgotten chapter in German history. United in a silent but stubborn resistance to the dictatorship and yet bound to it by passionate disloyalty, populated by highly skilled and introverted individualists – this describes this collective of maverick artists of the former GDR. At the time, 30 years ago, many experts predicted a breakthrough of this group, and yet these artists and their works were never seen by the general public: neither under socialism nor in the Reunified Germany.

Directed by Tom Ehrhadt, the documentary highlights the audacity of artists who fought to work freely, at a time when art was ruled by the socialist realists and strictly controlled by the East German regime.

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