The next German Monday movie is as controversial as it is thrilling. It is based on a real event from a Californian high school in 1967 and transposed to Germany today, The Wave is a cautionary tale about the roots of fascism.

DIE WELLE – THE WAVE (2008)
(102 min, Dir. Dennis Gansel, starring Jϋrgen Vogel, English subtitles)
 
DATE: 29 August
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251
 
Story:
Based on the novel “The Wave” by Todd Strasser (under the pen name Morton Rhue), a fictionalized account of the “Third Wave” teaching experiment by Ron Jones that took place in a Cubberley High School history class in Palo Alto, California in April 1967.

The film opens with charismatic teacher Rainer Wegner (Juergen Vogel)who is struggling to motivate his students for their school’s project week on autocracy. To indifferent students, it’s a hard sell, but Wegner gets an idea for an experiment: as their leader he asks the students to call him Mr. Wegner, chooses the motto, creates a logo, decides that everyone wears a white shirt, and names the group, ‘The Wave’ adding a secret sign reminiscent of a Nazi salute. Much to their surprise the students find that they like the power of unity and soon this new found discipline spills over to other school activities and newcomers join the group. The Wave gives the kids something to believe in for a change, until they go too far and The Wave spins out of control.
 

For more details please contact: 

Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Language, Literature & Linguistics
German Programme
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
TEL: 031-260 1086/2380
FAX: 031-260 1242

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