21 Feb. 2021

There’s a Whisper Spreading round the World: On the Bavarian Revolution and Republic 1918/19

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Live Online Screening and Open Discussion of Ulrike Bez’ Documentary “There’s a Whisper Spreading round the World: On the Bavarian Revolution and Republic 1918/19”

Sunday, February 21, 2021, 1 PM EST

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office will host a live online screening of the compelling eyewitness documentary “There’s a Whisper Spreading round the World” on Kurt Eisner’s Bavarian Revolution and Republic of 1918/19. Director Uli Bez and Eisner biographer Albert Gurganus will briefly introduce and contextualize the film. The 67-minute screening will be followed by open discussion with the Munich-based filmmaker.

At anti-nuclear demonstrations in the mid-1980s young activists came into contact with lifelong anarcho-syndicalist Benno Scharmanski, who experienced the revolutionary Republic as a child of an impoverished proletarian family. Fascinated by Scharmanski’s firsthand account of the historical watershed, Bez determined to document reminiscences of the last surviving revolutionaries and their sympathizers, a veritable race against time. `Es geht durch die Welt ein Geflüster´ was released in 1989, another critical turning point. Not until the centenary of the short-lived Republic did her picture find its popular resonance and claim its critical due.

Albert Earle Gurganus is Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Uli Bez, film director, feminist and social activist, Munich, Germany
Andreas Günther, Executive Director, RLS-NYC