Staying with the topic Fall of the Wall and subsequent re-unification of East and West Germany in 1989/90, our next screening is a documentary film which takes an intimate look into the STASI, the “Staatssicherheit” (state security) of East Germany
AUS LIEBE ZUM VOLK – I LOVE YOU ALL
2004, 88 min., dir. Eyal Sivan, Audrey Maurion, German with English subtitles
DATE: 13 OCTOBER
VENUE: Howard College, MTB North Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251
About the film:
Trust is good – control is better….. Mr B has worked for twenty years as a public servant “in service of the people”. Out of love. An unconditional and absolute love for “his people”. A blind and destructive love. When the times change and the regime he adheres to is defeated, he becomes a social reject and life as he has always known it falls apart. Fired from his job, his “House”, Mr B. is left with nothing, no perspective, no future. He sits alone in this office which is no longer his. Once he walks out that door, he will never come back.
In February 1990, a few weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Ministry for State Security of the GDR is dismantled. This marks the end of the “Stasi”, the East German secret police. Major B. was a Stasi officer. Relieved of his duties, he delivers a detailed account of twenty years of his life and work within this institution.
I love you all is based on this extraordinary personal testimony, supported by never seen before archive footage. This is a film about surveillance and blindness, about faith and disillusion.
Eyal Sivan was born in 1964 in Haifa/Israel and grew up in Jerusalem. He began his career working as a fashion photographer and moved to Paris in 1985. In 1987, he began making documentary films. His Adolf Eichmann portrait Der Spezialist (1999) caused quite a stir on the international circuit. A selection of his other films includes: Aqabat Jaber – Vie de Passage (1987), Israland (1991), Jerusalems le Syndrome Borderline (1994), Aqabat Jaber – Friede ohne Wiederkehr? (1995), and I Love You All (Aus Liebe zum Volk, 2004).
Audrey Maurion Audrey Maurion studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she lives and works as a film editor. She was head of the editing team on a number of features and documentaries, including Eyal Sivan’s Der Spezialist and Emmanuelle Sardou’s and Michel Vézina’s Singing Bridges, among others. She co-directed I Love You All (Aus Liebe zum Volk, 2004) with Eyal Sivan.
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For further details please contact:
Dr Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242