Nov 5, 2017
Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre)
MY WONDERFUL WEST BERLIN describes gay life in the western half of the city in the dynamic period between the end of WWII and the fall of the Berlin Wall, all the while referencing current social issues. The stories and experiences of political activists, party-goers, hedonists, club owners, musicians, fashion designers, a DJ, and a make-up artist paint a vivid picture of the gay scene in that period. The use of never before seen archival film footage completes the picture by allowing viewers to travel through time to a hitherto unknown WestBerlin.
MY WONDERFUL WEST BERLIN explores the historic roots of the fascinating city that is a dream destination and a place of refuge for gay men from across the world to this day. The film is the second part of filmmaker Jochen Hick’s Berlin trilogy, the final part of which will focus on the period after the fall of the Wall, up until today. Viewer discretion advised.
Preceded by the short film:
ALEPH MELBOURNE: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS | Directed by Michael Barnett | 10′ | 2017 | Australia
The amazing story of Aleph Melbourne, the controversial support group that changed the face of LGBTIQ acceptance in Jewish Australia. Rich with archival material, take a captivating and nostalgic journey from inception in 1995 through to 2015.