In cooperation with Department of Humanities & Social Sciences- IIT(Madras), Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, Madras Film Society, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy, SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, The Cinema Resource Centre
16.07. 2016 to 17.07.2016, 6.30 p.m.
Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, better known as DEFA, was the state-owned film studio in the German Democratic Republic (in East Germany) throughout that country's history. On May 17, 1946, the Soviet Military Administration in Germany granted a license to the DEFA Studio for the production of films. Just after five months the first DEFA film, The Murderers Are among Us (Dir.Wolfgang Staudte), premiered in Berlin and won international recognition—the first German film made after WW-II.
By the time the DEFA Studios were closed in 1990, almost 8,000 documentary, feature, and animation films had been produced. Far from being trapped behind the Wall, East German films were screened around the world and won recognition at important international festivals. International exchanges took place through the film trade, co-productions and international stars.
16 July 2016
06. 30 p.m. Skype Interview with Ms. Hiltrud Schulz, DEFA Expert
07.00 p.m. The Murderers are among us
Dir: Wolfgang Staudte | 1946 | 81 min
17 July 2016
07.00 p.m. Jacob the Liar
Dir: Frank Beyer | 1974 | 101 min.