The University of Iowa

‘The Forgetting Game’ screening and director talk to be held March 27

March 22nd, 2012

The European Studies Group continues its spring 2012 lecture series with a film screening of “The Forgetting Game” followed by a conversation with director Russell Sheaffer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

This event is free and open to the public.

Russell Sheaffer is an experimental film and documentary maker. Most recently, a short film he co-wrote and co-directed with James Franco, “Masculinity & Me,” was an official selection of the 2011 Torino LGBT Film Festival and was featured in Franco’s solo exhibition, “The Dangerous Book Four Boys.” His work has screened nationally and internationally at the MoMA, UCLA, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Torino GLBTFilm Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, and the Anthology Film Archives.

“The Forgetting Game” tells the story of Beate Kernke, a 5-year-old East German girl who became the first person to be legally and peacefully transferred across the Berlin Wall in March 1963 after intense negotiations between the Red Cross and the East German government. This event was then erased from historical record as soon as it happened.

Sponsors for the event are the European Studies Group, the UI Center for Human Rights and International Programs.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at or 319-353-2199.