Life In Berlin

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The Vagina Monologues by playwright and activist Eve Ensler were first performed in 1994 in New York. Four years later, Ensler established V-Day to end violence against women and girls and to raise awareness and funds through benefit productions worldwide. The American Women's Club of Berlin will stage benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues this February. I talked with director Molly Moylan Brown.

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"Everything I was doing, I was creating in real time; the voice, the loop of the voice..."

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe creates sounds on the spot. His main tool: a modular synthesizer.

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Writer and director Andres Veiel describes Joseph Beuys as a very German artist

"And at the same time, he is very un-German because of his humor; because of his self irony."

30 years after his death, Beuys' work and ideas are revived by Andres Veiel in an extensive chronicle. His documentary Beuys just premiered at the Berlinale film festival.

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A rare moment at the Berlinale film festival, actor Sakari Kuosmanen breaks into a Finish Tango during a press conference, instigated by director and screenwriter Aki Kaurismäki. The actor and the director have known each other for 30 years. Their latest collaboration: Kaurismäki's Berlinale entry, The Other Side of Hope - the story of a Syrian refugee and a Finish salesman.

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Alongside the independent films, documentaries, and future blockbusters shown at the Berlinale, is the Talents Program. The mentoring platform brings together industry newcomers and established directors to foster creative dialog.

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