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This public film screening is offered as part of 21G.420 – Visual Histories: German Cinema after 1945, taught by Kurt Fendt, Senior Lecturer, MIT.
Germany, color, 108 min., 2019/2020 Director: Johannes Naber Genre: Drama, Political Satire
About the film
Although his search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a member of an UN mission was unsuccessful, German bio-weapons expert Arndt Wolf is still obsessed with the idea that Saddam Hussein is hiding something. Nobody around him is interested in this topic any more. This changes abruptly when an Iraqi asylum seeker claims to have been involved in the manufacture of biological weapons. The German Federal Intelligence Service summons Dr. Wolf to ascertain the legitimacy of the claims made by the informant, who has been given the code name “Curveball.” Meanwhile, the 9/11 attacks have shaken the world and put Americans on edge…
Johannes Naber shrewdly observes the burgeoning friendship between two unlikely men who find themselves engulfed by the absurd drama they have set in motion. Moreover, as we are warned from the beginning, this is – unfortunately – a true story. Naber’s outrage is contagious. Even those previously aware of the facts can only be struck as the surreal sequence of events unfold that to lead to the 2003 Iraq invasion. (Text: Goethe-Institute: https://www.goethe.de)
Film screening is free but open only to members of the MIT community. Use your MIT email address to register with Eventbrite. On or after March 12, 2021 you wil be given a link to register with Rights Trade, the company that handles the film screening. Screening sponsored and made possible by Rights Trade, Los Angeles