A group of artists and filmmakers plan to recreate the historic Berlin Wall in Germany.
The Berlin Wall was built by Communist East Germany. He divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Organizers say they will build a model of the Berlin Wall inside a small closed area in the center of the German capital. The design will aim to create the feeling that visitors are inside a “city within a city”.
The project is called DAU: Freiheit, or “Freedom”. Event organizer Berliner Festpiele recently announced the project. It is scheduled to open on October 12 in Berlin’s Under den Linden district. The project has yet to be approved by the municipal authorities.
The closure is scheduled for November 9. Event organizers say the wall and exhibitions will be withdrawn that day. The date is significant; the real Berlin Wall began to fall on November 9, 1989.
The organizers called the project a “social and artistic experience”. Visitors will need to purchase “visas,” the Associated Press reported. Visas will cost around $ 17.50.
Once inside, visitors will be asked to hand over their phones. They will then receive another device to transport. This device will guide each person through different exhibits, including presentations of films, music and artistic performances.
The aim of the experiment is to open “a political and social debate on freedom and totalitarianism, surveillance, coexistence and national identity, ”the organizers told the news agency Agence France-Presse, or AFP.
German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said she hoped the project would turn into a successful “global event”.
But some critics expressed concern that the re-creation of the Berlin Wall could harm some people who lived in communist East Germany.
“Out of respect for the victims who have really experienced such situations, we should move away from it, “Berlin politician Sabina Bangert told the German press Tagesspiegel newspaper.
The event will be used to kick off the first screening of a film project by Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky. The DAU film project has been in development for 10 years.
DAU involved hundreds of actors living full time from 2009 to 2011 in an environment modeled on old nuclear research ease in the Soviet Union, AFP reported. Actors who lived in the facility – which was built in Ukraine – were asked to dress, speak, and act as if they were actually living under a Communist Soviet government.
I am Bryan Lynn.
Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. His story was based on reports from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and other sources. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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Words in this story
exposure – nm collection of items placed in one place for people to see or inspect
totalitarianism – nm political system in which those in power have full control and allow no opposition
surveillance – nm careful surveillance of something or someone, especially by the police or the government
respect – nm feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated appropriately
ease – nm place where a particular activity takes place