Displaced: Representing the (R)Emigrant in Postwar Cinema

Displaced: Representing the (R)Emigrant in Postwar Cinema

Talk by Dr. Heike Klapdorf (Berlin)

May 15th, 4:30 PM
Black Family Visual Arts Center 001
Talk conducted in German


In 1948, Alfred Polgar meant: the fate of the emigrants is that the homeland had become foreign to them. Autobiographies and

correspondence testify that those returning after the war are not welcome, superfluous, humiliated, ignored, homeless, and desolate - that

means: displaced persons. An annotated montage (60 min) of film sequences and texts characterizes the marginal, but revealing topos: remigration - between

longing and disappointment, between forgiveness and revenge, between re-eduction and outsider.