Devens Ortlieb, Helena

Senior, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Majors: History, German

Certificate: Translation

Honors Course: HON 301: Junior Seminar in Multiculturalism

Faculty: Julia Woesthoff, Department of History

Abstract: In response to the stagnation of German Cinema post-1945, New German Cinema brought a new wave of German multicultural films to popular prominence. Through an analysis of five German multicultural films– Ali: Fear eats the Soul (1974), Yasemin (1988), Head-On (2004), Almanya-Welcome to Germany (2011), and In the Fade (2017)– this essay explores the changing themes of multicultural films as immigrant voices became central during the turn of the 21st century. Through these voices, multicultural representation developed into the representation of individuals with autonomy rather than the previous, native-German representation of characters and their relationships being affected by their environment. This change is seen most drastically in women’s changing representation within multiculturalism throughout these five films.

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