Film & Discussion 70 Years Berlin Airlift

Bridges Kurzfilm © Warnuts Entertainment

Tue, 06/19/2018

Goethe-Institut Washington

Westminster, MD 21157

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the legendary “Berlin Airlift” of the Western Allied Forces that helped more than two million West Berliners survive the 11-month Russian blockade of this iconic city in the wake of the Cold War. Commemorating this historic event, which helped forge the German-American friendship after World War II, the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut will present the short film Bridges. To provide context and insight into the film, Berlin-based producer Florian Frerichs and Major General Stephen Oliver, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the US Air Force (International Affairs), will join us for a panel discussion following the screening. This discussion will be moderated by Stefan Buchwald, Director of the German Information Center.

Germany 2011, 34 Min., Director: Miguel Angelo Pate

The short movie Bridges (2011) is an adaptation of a graphic novel that focuses on the American pilot Saul Bridges and his epic relationship with Traute and Lucas - two young Germans that saved his life after he was shot down by the Nazis in WW2. In the wake of the heroic Berlin Airlift operation, they meet again under circumstances that are no less fateful.

The production of “Bridges” was supported by the Embassy of the United States in Germany and the “Checkpoint Charlie Foundation”.