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Posted by on May 9, 2024 in Theater | 0 comments

Encounter RWF.

Fassbinder Archive Education

Photo: Isabelle Bastian, Source: DFF

A book featuring many essays that I translated is out now in this DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum publication.

This book describes and expounds on a film education project on the work and archival collection of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who died prematurely in 1982 at 37, is considered an outstanding representative of New German Cinema, having made more than 40 films in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. The director’s extensive literary estate, which came into the DFF’s care in 2018, is a treasure of recent German film history that can be unearthed from many perspectives. Participants in the “Encounter RWF” project made use of the DFF Fassbinder Center, which is housed in the DFF Archive and Study Center.

The aim of the “Encounter RWF” project, which ran from 2022 to 2024, was to find out which formats can be used to make Fassbinder’s films more accessible to today’s younger generation. Six teams of film educators and artists in five European cities (Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna, Paris and Zurich) worked with schoolchildren, youth groups and students to explore Fassbinder’s work in the context of relevant social issues. Essays written by experts associated with the project discuss outreach practices and intersectional, particularly queer, perspectives. 

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