German Film: Beerland (Ein Amerikaner unterwegs im Land des Bieres)

German Film: Beerland (Ein Amerikaner unterwegs im Land des Bieres)

German Film: Beerland (Ein Amerikaner unterwegs im Land des Bieres)

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Date and Time

Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Founders Hall, Rigsby Language and Culture Commons (F123)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The German Club invites the campus and neighboring communities to see Beerland, filmed in German with English subtitles and some English.

Matt Sweetwood hails from the Midwest. Though he has lived in Germany for over ten years, the people and their culture remain a mystery to him. He undertakes a last-ditch attempt to figure the place out: by exploring the heart of German culture, their beer. If he delves into their rites and rituals, explores all the contradictions and stereotypes, will that make him, finally, a part of them? The infinite variety of beers, breweries and beer fests, the age-old history of beer, is more overwhelming than the American ever imagined. The trail of his research leads him to places far off the beaten tourist path, light-years away from the Oktoberfest. He encounters people whose dialect he barely understands. Amazingly, he finds that a country as small a Germany is subdivided into a thousand different tongues and customs, with beer as the common thread. He discovers a land full of oddities and contradictions. The Germans are deathly serious and silly at the same time, tradition-bound and weirdly visionary. Ultimately, he forms a real bond with them, finding friends where he least expected them.

Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are not needed, but arrive early because there are only 30 seats available.

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