Karl Marx City

In 2019-2020, the Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) will present a year of lectures, film screenings, and book discussions on the theme of “War, Peace, and Healing”. Our first event at the Morris Museum is a screening of Karl Marx City with a Q&A featuring director Petra Epperlein

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

Running time: 90 minutes plus Q&A after the film.

Tickets: FREE. RSVP to [email protected] or call 973.328.5469



Photo Credit Top: Scene from the documentary, Karl Marx City.


Nov 01 2019


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm