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German Film Day at University of Leeds

Region: 
Yorkshire and the Humber

62 students from 9 Yorkshire schools attended a German Film Day at the University of Leeds, funded jointly by the University of Leeds and Routes into Languages

The Year 11, 12 and 13 students spent the day studying Dennis Gansel’s film Die Welle. The programme was designed to deepen students’ understanding of the film, director and key themes (including how these link into the wider context of German Studies), while also allowing them to experience university-style teaching, and meet current students and staff from the German department.

As well as finding out about Die Welle, delegates also learned more about how to read a film and explored how Germany’s complex history is reflected on film. The sessions were led by a combination of academics and postgraduate research students.

The event was a great success, with the vast majority of attendees commenting that they would like to continue studying languages and/or go on to university.

It is hoped that the event will be repeated in 2016 and will continue to go from strength to strength!