Filmmaker's Series


Frank Beyer's visit to UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges was supported by: the DEFA Film Library, the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass Amherst; the Department of German and Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College; the Department  of German Studies at Mount Holyoke College; the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University; the Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center and L'Chaim! Jewish Film Festival; the DEFA Stiftung, ICESTORM International and Progress Film-Verleih in Berlin; the Bulgarian National Film Center and Goethe-Institut/Inter Nationes New York. The accompanying exhibition was supported by the Filmmuseum Potsdam and a grant from the UMass Arts Council.

The Films of Frank Beyer

Premiere 2002
University of Massachusetts Amherst


In the fall of 2002, director Frank Beyer presented his work at 28 different North American universities, colleges and cultural institutions as part of a two-month-long tour. The tour, which included a series of film screenings, numerous talks, and readings from Beyer’s recent memoir Wenn der Wind sich dreht (trans. When the Wind Turns, 2001), was organized by the DEFA Film Library in cooperation with Colorado College.


Frank Beyer’s visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five Colleges, from October 20 to 24, also coincided with screenings in the film series Shadows and Sojourners: Images of Jews and Antifascism in East German Film—which includes two of Beyer’s films—and the opening of the exhibition accompanying the series.

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