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Films & Schedules - THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA


Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DIRECTOR: Marten Persiel - GERMANY

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this love letter to the subversive power of youth. In East Germany in the 1980s, for three teens—Nico, Dirk, and Dennis—life in the GDR was dominated by skateboarding. But in a nation where “the streets were not for playing around,” skating was as much a revolutionary act of defiance as it was a spectacular sport. Using a clutch of priceless Super-8 films, animations, reenactments, and archival footage, all set against a delirious punk soundtrack, This Ain’t California follows the three through adolescence and into adulthood on the eve of reunification. Through the lenses of the skater kids amongst the Stasi comes a rare, stylishly witty glimpse into East Berlin counterculture. (90 mins.)

First Feature.

Sponsored by Zeitgeist Northwest.


Interests: New Directors, German Language, History, Documentary.

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