Department of Languages

Film and Event Series: The Fall of the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Iron Curtain film and event series will continue on Tuesday, October 22nd with “Dancing in the Death Strip: How Techno Reunited Germany”, a presentation by the Department of Languages’ own Harris King.

Organized by Gabriela Stoicea together with three faculty members from the Department of English (Aga Skrodzka, Kati Beck, and Lucian Ghita), the Fall of the Iron Curtain film and event series commemorates 30 years since the Fall of the Iron Curtain. The series includes screenings of five films from countries that used to be part of the Eastern Bloc (Hungary, Poland, Romania, East Germany), as well as presentations, lectures, and a workshop.

The series kicked off on October 1st with a screening of the Hungarian film “The Exam” (Dir. Péter Bergendy, Hungary, 2011), followed by screenings of the films “Goodbye, Lenin!” (Dir. Wolfgang Becker, Germany, 2004) and “Cold War” (Dir. Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland, 2018). Also included earlier this month were a lecture and a workshop by film scholar Katarzyna Marciniak from Ohio University. The series runs through Wednesday, November 6th, so be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming events in late October and early November. All films are shown with English subtitles and are introduced by Clemson faculty.

Upcoming Events in the Fall of the Iron Curtain Series:

Tuesday, October 22nd

“Dancing in the Death Strip: How Techno Reunited Germany”

6:00-9:00 PM (ASC 118)

Harris King (Dept. of Languages, Clemson University)


Tuesday, October 29th

The Paper Will Be Blue

(Dir. Radu Muntean, Romania, 2006)

6:00–9:00 PM (ASC 118)

Introduced by Lucian Ghita (Dept. of English, Clemson University)


Wednesday, November 6th

The Lives of Others

(Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2006)

6:00-9:00 PM (ASC 118)

Introduced by Gabriela Stoicea (Dept. of Languages, Clemson University)


Following these events, a thematic display will go up in Cooper Library highlighting some of the materials on this topic that are in the Library’s collection. Various genres will be represented: history, autobiography, fiction, children’s/young adult, and films. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the topic can stop by the display in November and check out some of these materials.


The series is generously sponsored by the Department of Languages, the World Cinema Program, the Department of History, RCID, and the Humanities Hub. All events are free and open to the public.