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Sternchen (Ruby O. Fee) and Dani (Merlin Rose)© Rommel Film / Pandora Film / Photo: Peter Hartwig

Goethe on Demand

On Goethe on Demand, the streaming platform of the Goethe-Institut, we present a variety of online film programs, film festivals and film series that can be streamed from home. More information about the alternating film series can be found here. The films are presented in original language with subtitles. They are accessible online and free of charge after registration.

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Current film series

Fiktionsbescheinigung. Cinematic Perspectives on Germany © Goethe-Institut / Zara Zandieh: Octavia`s Visions

Goethe on Demand: Cinematic Perspectives on Germany

With its focus on the filmmaking of Black directors and directors of colour in Germany, the film series Fiktionsbescheinigung deals with a chapter of German film history that is still too little known. It poses the question: who is able to enter German cultural history, cinemas and the film canon and who is left outside? Who determines what is shown?

Gebrochene Tabus © AF Films

Online Film series
Broken Taboos

To mark the 75th anniversary of DEFA, the series presents five films by filmmakers from the GDR. They deal with social problems such as housing shortages, unemployment, criminality, and non-conformist youth and music culture. As special historical documents, the selected films provide a socially critical insight into life in the GDR.  

Goethe on Demand Film Calendar © Goethe-Institut

Happy Birthday

A number of major birthdays of famous filmmakers are coming up again in 2022. We want to celebrate filmmakers beyond the big names – young and old, who work in front of and behind the camera. 
And how better to do this than with a film from their respective oeuvres?