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German professor to screen students' films at KU

Thursday, November 14, 2013

German filmmaking professor Marille Hahne will screen student films from the acclaimed Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) at the University of Kansas. The films will be screened on Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Zurich University of the Arts is one of Europe’s largest universities of the arts with more than 2,500 students studying in five different departments and 40 different directions of study. Hahne serves as a filmmaking professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. The Zurich University of the Arts offers Switzerland’s only professional education in cinema creation. Student productions consistently win prestigious international film awards.

Hahne will highlight some of these outstanding student films – including one film that won a student Oscar – and will discuss the Zurich University of the Arts' approaches to student filmmaking. She will be available for Q&A at both screenings.

Both screenings are free and open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 18
330 Strong Hall, 6:30-10 p.m.

"Ma Na Sapna (A Mother's Dream)
By Valerie Gudenus (Director), Gabriela Betschart (DOP), Dario Schoch (Production) and Natascha Cartolaro (Montage) – MA FILM

"Ma Na Sapna – A Mother's Dream" is a documentary following six women and their surrogate broker through different stages of surrogacy in a clinic in the Northwest of India.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, 5-8 p.m.
Short documentaries and fiction films concerning issues of migration

"​Oifn Weg - A Portrait of Cioma Schönhaus" 
by Sarah Horst – BA Film

Short documentary of Cioma Schönhaus talking about his life during wartime Berlin.

"Paraveh" (student Oscar winner)
by Talkhon Hamzavi – MA Film

A story of Parvaneh, a young Afghan migrant who lives in a transit centre for asylum in the Swiss mountains, on a mission to send her savings to her sick father in her homeland.

"Wenn ich eine Blume wäre (If I were a Flower)"
by Barbara Burger – MA Film

A documentary of five children who successfully act as intermediary between two worlds and nonetheless are already marginalized by society.

"Little Fighters"
by Ivana Lalovic

In the outskirts of a town during a war, a little girl begins to believe her two brothers' stories to shield her from the fearful shellfire, unknowingly placing herself in danger.

The screenings are sponsored by the School of the Arts, Department of Film and Media Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the European Studies Program. All sponsors are part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.