ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL, 1974, 93 min. When robust young Moroccan guest worker Ali and quiet, unassuming Emmi, a white German woman easily 20 years his senior, meet in a bar, the chemistry is palpable and the two become a couple. But 1970s Germany is not kind to cross-generational, cross-racial relationships, and Emmi and Ali find their romance suddenly up against a closely guarded barrier of hostility and envy from friends and family. In German with English subtitles.
MOTHER KUSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN, 1975, 120 min. Frau Kusters gets the terrible news that her husband Herrmann has gone berserk after layoff announcements at the local tire factory, killed his supervisor and then committed suicide. As reporters sensationalize the deaths, Frau Kusters finds befriends German Communist Party members Karl and Marianne Thalman, who crash Herrmann’s funeral and see his death as a revolutionary act. In German with English subtitles.