Georg Ismael is 23, and he is a Trotskyite. He has been politically committed since the age of 13. He takes us with him to Berlin. We go right into the thick of the demonstration on 1 May, International Workers’ Day, through the Brandenburg Gate and onwards into Kreuzberg. What bothers him about capitalism, what he thinks about broken window panes, and why it is worth continuing to fight for his ideals, Georg tells us in “180 Seconds Berlin”.
The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa
10 Berlin Films
“Rainer Werner Fassbinder exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau got us thinking of all the important and inspiring films set in Berlin. In a subversive metropolis that has seen more changes than anywhere in Western Europe over the last 150 years, many filmmakers have made movies as unmistakable love letters to Berlin. With no lack of deranged tentacle sex, drug abuse and political struggle, we’ve rounded up our favorite films with Berlin playing a major role. Spanning close to 9 decades, our list takes you on a tour of Berlin at different historical points, through all the luxe and glamour, the horror and disillusion.” See what films were chosen on I Heart Berlin.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Berlin Film, Expat Problems, and the Passing of Winnetou.
Berlin in spring. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart
Eurovision is coming
On May 23 the contest for best song in Europe (I guess this is what it is about? Frankly, I can’t stand to watch it) begins. If you want to know what this yearly tradition is all about, here is a Eurovision primer.
How to survive on the Autobahn
“Surviving the German Autobahn. The whole world knows it, you know it, I know it: if you’re not speeding like a mad-man on the German Autobahn you shouldn’t even be there in the first place. But other than testing your Porsche, BMW or Benz, there are a few facts that you need to know before going on the highways to hell.” Read more on Caroline and Mathew.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Surviving the Autobahn, Eurovision, and Berlin.
On his finger Ramin Soleymani wears a small magnet. And this, he says, already makes him a cyborg. For “180 Seconds Berlin”, Theresa Authaler and Florian Falzeder accompany him in the S-Bahn across Berlin – from Alex to Potsdamer Platz – in his search for the invisible world of electromagnetism. Will he find it?
After an 11-month adventure in Berlin I’ve arrived safely in the United States. I’m trying my best to readjust to the American culture but part of my mind is still stuck back in Germany. I could probably write an entire book about my experiences abroad, and one day I just might, but for now I’ll have to keeps things short. On Tuesday morning four of my closest friends in Berlin were kind enough to accompany me to Tegel Airport and bid me farewell before my flight. The night before had been full of laughs and stories in our favorite brewery, where I enjoyed my final sip of fresh German pilsner for the year. The morning after had a slightly different tone though. I was thrilled to have my friends by my side until the very end but there was a bittersweet feeling to everything.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: Returning to the United States.