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April 2011 - Nr. 4
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Afternoon pleasures at the Hansa Club

This German Club on the outskirts of Toronto, right on the cusp between Mississauga and Brampton, also elected a new board of directors and for the first time in a long while a new president was elected. Reiner Walter who was at the helm for many years can now enjoy his club as a visitor. Robert Gutwein is taking over from him, we just heard.

Ekko Hildebrandt announces the movieOn the first Sunday in April we went to the club to test a pilot program that if successful, will become regular Sunday fair at the Hansa Club. We certainly hope so, because we feel it is a great idea to have an afternoon in good company with “Eintopf” and a movie for very little money.

Good food and drink$10 dollars bought a visitor a plate of goulash soup with a bun and butter, a piece of apple or cherry “Streusselkuchen” and a cup of coffee. What a deal! The goulash soup should probably have cost a bit more than say pea soup, after all, meat is expansive and there was no shortage of it in the soup.

A packed room waiting for the movieThe backroom of the club was packed with people who loved the idea. The movie was “The white Ribbon” a grippingly dark story of pre-WWI life in Germany, when authoritarian ideas ruled families and communities and democracy was still far off. A lot of people remembered that in their family too it was customary to address the parents in a formal way: “Frau Mutter” or “Herr Vater”, children were seen but not heard, woman were treated like objects and possessions as were the labourers that had to work for the Baron and his farm (“Landgut”). The children abused and terrorized by their elders appear to become a sullen group of kids that takes action against such a world. They become as cruel as they have been treated.

This multi award winning movie (several European film prizes and a Golden Globe in the US) was in true Michael Haneke fashion, (he was the writer and director of the film) in contrast to Hollywood movies, a dark and psychologically deep scraping film, that tells a story which aims to educate, not entertain.

I do not know if this is the kind of movie the people will favour. I however was surprised, because often only the oldies but goodies are being shown.

There is another worthwhile cause we should mention: On a table donated books are on display which can be bought for 2 bucks a piece. I always find something I want to read. The donated money goes towards a chairlift for the club, which we think is a marvellous idea, since building an elevator would not be practical for obvious reasons.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

Sybille reports as a German-Canadian about culture, arts, entertainment, community events from her unique perspective as an artist.

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