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Come together. Dresden and the 13th February

On 13th and 14th February 1945, Dresden became the target of allied bombing raids. The theme of the ‘senseless‘ destruction of an ‘innocent‘ culture city was immediately exploited for propaganda purposes. This myth, established by Goebbels, also proved to be an excellent tool to mobilise against the West during the Cold War. In the 1980s, the peace movement used the 13th February to protest against war and rearmament but with the fall of the Iron Curtain other groups started to show interest in this date.
Today, one of the biggest neonazi marches in Europe takes place in Dresden on 13th February. Clashes between neonazis, the police and counter-demonstrators dominate the scene on this day. The traditional commemoration has changed to a conflict in the streets that sets the whole city in motion. Many differing opinions clash. Against the backdrop of an iconic city the film creates a dialogue between these different positions. By giving the protagonists a voice the film looks back at the history of the memorial culture since 1945 and reflects the current developments by looking at the preparations for 13th February 2012. The change that the commemoration discourse has experienced in the past 5 years has gained even more momentum in 2012.

  • Barbara Lubich
  • Michael Sommermeyer
  • Barbara Lubich
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    1 hour 34 minutes
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    October 12, 2012
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    30,000 USD
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  • 29. Kassler Dok Fest
    November 15, 2012
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Barbara Lubich

Barbara Lubich (*1977 in Trento) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Dresden. Her works are documentaries, installations and interdisciplinary collaborative projects. She works along the borders between art and documentaries to explore the intersection of research and sensorial experiences. She studied Sociology both in Italy and Germany. PhD in contemporary history. Her artistic work started in dance in the 90ies and developed towards camera. Her works were shown at Kunstfilm Biennale Köln, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, DOK Leipzig, Festival de Videodanca Buenos Aires or in exhibitions at Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Founding member of Zentralwerk e.V. (received the Kunstförderpreis der Stadt Dresden in 2013) and Zentralwerk Kultur- und Wohngenossenschaft Dresden eG. She is shareholder of the filmmaker collective hechtfilm filmproduction.

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