'Lives of Others' (released 2006, Germany) takes place in 1984 in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Its topic is the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi (the GDR's secret police). A successful playwriter is spied upon, mainly because the Minister of Culture has taken a liking to the playwriter's girlfriend, a famous actress. The Minister abuses his powers to try to rid himself of a romantic rival. In the course of the actions the actual spy develops a much higher moral standing than his superiors. The revealing of real human being, hidden in the spy who is just doing his duty, is the main theme of this movie. A film with a very positive and powerful message.
The movie starts at 6 pm and lasts just over 2 hours. We will take a short break to give everyone time to grab warm food from the fantastic Norwich FoodCycle group, who serve supper in the Friends Meeting House from 7pm and meet for exchange of thoughts. Donations appreciated. (Luzie Wingen)
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