DEFA-Stiftung/Peter Roberts

Monday 14 March 2022 -
18:30 to 20:45

The British Council and Czech Centre Berlin are delighted to be able to invite you to a special screening as part of the European National Institutes of Culture’s (EUNIC) Dokumontag series at the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s cinema: 

From Marx and Engels to Marks & Spencer 
From Marks & Spencer to Marx and Engels 

(GDR/GB, 1988) 

The first co-production between the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the UK, the two-part film was meant to inspire a better understanding of the living and working conditions as well as attitudes in the two political systems. The film looks at the lives of dockworkers, fishermen, the brigade and family of a cook active in the local labour union as well unemployed people of different ages and occupations in Newcastle on the one hand and a brigade of female crane drivers at the Warnow shipyard and fishermen at the Warnemünde cooperative on the other to give glimpses into the lives and way of thinking of these groups of people in the late 1980s. 

The film is in two parts, both 60 minutes long: In the first part, “From Marx and Engels to Marks & Spencer”, a DEFA film team visits Newcastle – the second, “From Marks & Spencer to Marx and Engels”, follows an Amber Films crew on their trip to Rostock. 

We will be showing both films in English and are looking forward to speaking to Ellin Hare and Richard Grassick, who were both an important part of the production of the second part of the film. 

Please note that, due to the current situation, only a limited number of tickets will be available for this event and that booking is therefore required. 

Free entry – RSVP: https://bit.ly/3GQIk2i  

2G+ (vaccinated/recovered + lateral flow test no older than 24hrs or proof of booster vaccination) 

An FFP2 mask will need to be worn throughout the whole event. 

This event is made possible through the kind support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin and the British Embassy Berlin.