- dir. Helke Sander
- year. 2001
- country. Germany
- run-time. 90 mins
The first of two screenings of the work of acclaimed Feminist filmmaker Helke Sander. This screening is in collaboration with the Goethe Institut London
A woman from a big city moves to a small village near the former border zone between East and West Germany. What is she looking for? What will she encounter? Rural life in the era of globalisation turns into an adventure. History lives in objects, stories and customs here since it was first recorded 800 years ago. Wars and famines have left their traces, just as churches, political parties and various forms of government. The change of the times, structured by television, has almost obscurely changed the old rhythms of life; supermarket offers changed eating habits and food stock economy. Is it folklore, nostalgia or a matter of preserving one’s way and quality of life to keep the old customs and habits, such as preserving old types of plants and boiling down cucumbers? The village - a mutual exchange of experiences and garden products. The village is like an onion: it shows ever new surprising layers and leads us deep into unwritten pasts.
We are showing Village as part of our programme for Scalarama.
Deptford Cinema is proud to be taking part in Scalarama. This annual celebration sees September transform into a month of amazing films, screened in various locations and by all different types of people – from established picture palaces to newbies, completely new to screening films. Scalarama is by everyone, for everyone, everywhere, with DIY in its veins.