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Das Weisse Band

Das Weisse Band

The White Ribbon

144 minutes

German with English subtitles.

German Lesson Plan

Introduction: Introduce your students to the haunting and enigmatic world of "Das Weisse Band" with our comprehensive German lesson plan. Directed by Michael Haneke, this film explores themes of innocence, cruelty, and societal dysfunction, making it an excellent resource for language learning and cultural exploration.

Film Summary: In the years just before World War I, strange events occur in a small village in northern Germany. These incidents, which seem to be acts of ritual punishment, are shrouded in mystery. At the heart of these unsettling occurrences are the village's abused and suppressed children. "Das Weisse Band" masterfully unveils the dark undercurrents of the seemingly peaceful village life.

Additional Details: Released in 2009, "Das Weisse Band" stars Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi (voice), and Leonie Benesch. The film received numerous accolades, including the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The DVD includes German audio with English subtitles, making it accessible for language learners.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, discussing the roots of societal dysfunction
  • May 16: Michael Haneke’s birthday, exploring the director’s cinematic impact
  • June 6: Anniversary of the film's release, reflecting on its themes and critical reception
  • November 11: Armistice Day, discussing the prelude to World War I

Conclusion: Using "Das Weisse Band" in your classroom enhances language skills while providing deep insights into themes of societal dysfunction and the loss of innocence. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi(voice), Leonie Benesch

Audio: German with English subtitles.

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