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VILLAGE (Dorf) (2001)

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  • dir. Helke Sander
  • year. 2001
  • country. Germany
  • run-time. 90 mins


Film 1:30PM

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. 
Helke Sander

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.