TUESDAY, 21. March, 8 PM, GOETHE-INSTITUT Riyadh
When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitA film by Caroline Link. Germany/Switzerland, 2019, 114 MIN, German with Arabic subtitles.
Berlin in January 1933. For nine-year-old Anna Kemper, the light-heartedness of her childhood ended with Hitler's seizure of power. Her father Arthur, a highly respected publicist, was on the Nazi arrest lists as a Jewish intellectual and a staunch democrat. Shortly before Hitler's election victory, Arthur fled to Switzerland to catch up with his family as quickly as possible. Anna, her mother Dorothea and her brother Max can only take a small amount of luggage with them when they flee.
Ironically, Anna's favorite toy, a pink rabbit, is left behind! This loss is not the only thing that makes a new start abroad difficult. However, bad news from Uncle Julius leaves no doubt that there is no going back to Germany.
When the Kempers move on to Paris, the worries increase because Arthur hopes in vain for lucrative engagements as an author. Meanwhile, Anna is struggling with the unfamiliar language at school. But the support of her family gives her the strength to assert herself.
TUESDAY, 18. APRIL, 8 PM, GOETHE-INSTITUT Riyadh
ExileA film by Visar Morina, Germany/Belgium/Kosovo, 2020, 121 MIN, German with Arabic subtitles
In his company, the Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer Xhafer feels harassed, bullied and marginalized by his work colleagues and doesn't want to put up with it any longer. But is everything really as it seems?
TUESDAY, 20. June, 9 PM, GOETHE-INSTITUT Riyadh
Too far awayA film by Sarah Winkenstette, Germany, 2019 88 MIN, German with Arabic subtitles
11-year-old Ben has to move with his family from his home village to the next larger city, as it is being relocated due to lignite mining. At his new school, he meets another newcomer, 12-year-old Tariq, a refugee boy from Syria.
Ben is an outsider at his new school while Tariq steals the show not only in class but on the soccer field too. But the two boys have more in common than they would like and they quickly become friends.