Film Series

German-Austrian Film Festival

Mondays, October 20 through November 3

10/20: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
10/27: Yella
11/3: Der letzte Tanz (The Last Dance)

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The Last Dance

Starring: Emi Mangold, Daniel Straesser

Julia Ecker, a patient in the geriatic ward of a psychiatric clinic, develops a deep affection and sympathy, even love, for her new male nurse. The relationship can be precarious.

  • Director: Houchang Allahyari
  • Genre: Drama

The German-Austrian Film Festival is presented by the Williams College Department of German, with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Special Showing

The Unknown Known

Sunday, November 16 at 8pm

Errol Morris' portrait of Donald Rumsfeld. Free for Williams students. Regular ticket prices for all others.

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The Unknown Known

Starring: Donald Rumsfeld

In The Unknown Known, Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts.

  • Director: Errol Morris
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“It's hard to believe a story this serious can be told in such an involving way, but that is one of this expert documentarian's greatest gifts.”

– Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Sponsored by the Williams College English Department

Special Showing

Cesar Chavez

Monday, November 17, at 6:30pm

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.

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Cesar Chavez

Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann, John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.

  • Director: Diego Luna
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“In the title role, Michael Peña has a no-nonsense fire: He captures how Chavez borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr. but also fueled the struggle with his own improvisatory brilliance.”

– Entertainment Weekly

The is event is part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series. Sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center.