Center Stage and The German Klub at Tennessee Tech University will hold a mini film festival, featuring celebrated Austrian filmmaker Marcus J. Carney and German-American award-winning author and political activist Anna Rosmus.
The free three-day film festival is open to the public and begins Monday, Sept. 26.
The first film, “The Nasty Girl,” is based on the true experiences of Rosmus, who worked to uncover the truth about her hometown’s involvement with the Nazis during World War II, against the will of its residents. The film tells the story of her resilient pursuit of the truth in face of violent opposition. Directed by Michael Verhoeven, of Germany, it was released in 1990.
The second film, Carney’s “The End of the Neubacher Project,” will be screened Tuesday, Sept. 27. The autobiographical documentary tells the story of how he came to terms with the Nazi past of his mother’s family. Adding to the film’s depth, Carney’s mother was diagnosed with cancer during filming.
With gut-wrenching imagery, Carney’s film explores his Austrian family, from its love of hunting to its feeling of guilt for its and the nation’s involvement in National Socialism.
Both films show the consequences of questioning the truth by portraying the conflicts Rosmus and Carney encountered in their personal lives.
Carney and Rosmus will be present at a discussion at the end of the festival on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Each event starts at 7 p.m. The films will be shown in the Backdoor Playhouse in the Jere Whitson building on TTU’s campus. The final discussion will be in Johnson Hall Auditorium.