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With carnival last week in Germany, and the cold weather, I felt like indulging in some deep-fried treats. These pastries from southern Germany are called Nonnenfürzchen or Nonnenfürzle. If you understand German, never mind the name, it does not mean what you think. It is based on middle low German and means “what nuns do best”.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: Carnival Delights.
Munich is one of the many thriving locations in Germany; so naturally, it’s a top vacation destination. But if you aren’t able to be there for an extended period of time, check out some of the “must-dos” in 48 hours. Thankfully, we went in October so we were able to do all of these on our bucket list!
If you’re a car enthusiast, then this is your type of museum. Located near Olympia Park, it shows you the history of the car manufacturer BMW. The museum’s architectural design will catch your eye even before you pull up and park. Seen from miles away, it’s large and futuristic design pulls people in to learn more about its history. It’s also near the BMW Welt, another futuristic location to learn about BMW.
This is a preview of Travel Germany: 48 Hours in Munich.
Iranian director and regime critic Jafar Panahi takes the Golden Bear for “Taxi”, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay Silver Bears for best acting in Andrew Haigh’s splendid chamber drama “45 Years”.
Hanna Saeidi stretches her arm, holding the Golden Bear high and smiling from ear to ear. She’s Jafar Panahi’s niece. His wonderful film Taxi has just won the Bear, but Panahi is not attending. The regime critic is under house arrest at home in Iran, where he shot the film although banned from filmmaking. Taxi is “a love letter to cinema”, said jury president Darren Aronofsky upon announcing the winner. The jury’s decision is a clear-cut signal, a plea for artistic liberty and freedom of speech.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: “A love letter to cinema” – The winners at the Berlinale.
In recent years, the gluten-free diet wave has swept through Germany like through so many other industrialized countries. It catapulted the book Wheat Belly by US physician William Davis to the bestseller list (its German title, Die Weizenwampe,is even more colorful than the English – “Wampe” means fat belly in German). And, with the gluten-free wave, scores of gluten-free products have been washed onto supermarket shelves.
This is a preview of Gluten-Free Buckwheat: Once a Poor Man’s Grain in Germany.
When I met Mohamed Siam at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival in November 2014, it took him all of five minutes to get me excited about his “Amal” project. And I was not the only one: the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung has now paid tribute to the film at the Berlinale.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: “Amal” Wins Best Documentary Award.
“Stories of our Lives” from director Jim Chuchu features five individual true stories, which are entangled around the common struggle of living queer in Kenya – a marginalized community in Kenya.
The 62 minutes black and white film is directed by Jim Chuchu and co-written by Njoki Ngumi from the NEST collective in Nairobi. It is a great combination of an exceptional cast, world class cinematography and great editing.
“Ongea na Mimi Poa”
The film opens with a story called Ongea na mimi poa (Talk to me nicely). It is the story of Kate, who is a highschool student. Kate is in dilemma over her sexual orientation and desires versus what the authorities and the world around her expect. Struggling between the two divergent forces, the movie seeks to show Kate’s journey to self-determination.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: Living queer in Kenya.
10 days, 400 films – the Berlinale 2015. I’m here in Berlin covering the films for Goethe.de. What an average day here looks like?
Friday, 6am. I wake up because my short-term flatmates – fellow students from Munich here for the Berlinale too – have to get up and out early. They’ve got student accreditation, which has the decisive drawback of having to queue up from 7am if they want a shot at the most popular screenings. It’s a little more relaxed with my press accreditation, 8.30am will do. I nod to them with a look of commiseration (for which I receive black looks in return) and go back to sleep.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blog A day in the life of a Berlinale blogger.