P.O. Box 374 dia Groton, MA 01450 dia 978-448-0178

dc-o ere is the announcement of the GFS's February screening.

Please join the Groton Film Society at Lawrence Academy’s Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on Saturday Feb. 2 for “The Lives of Others.”

This Academy Award-winning film (Best Foreign Film, 2007), set in East Germany before and during the time the Wall fell, is the story of a society in which State Security aims to “know everything” — and of one watcher who found himself being changed by the lives of those he watched.

Frank Fechner, MD will be our guest speaker for the evening. Frank was born and lived in East Berlin until he escaped East Germany just a few months before the Wall fell. In 1984, he served in the East German army. He will discuss the accuracy and impact of the film, as well as what it was like to live behind the Iron Curtain.

Come at 6:30 for a cheese tasting in the spacious gallery, featuring German and other international cheeses and other treats. After the film and Dr. Fechner’s talk, we will enjoy coffee and German pastries back in the gallery.

Lawrence Academy has graciously agreed to let us use the gallery to set up refreshments — a first. This will be much more convenient than everyone having to make their way to and from the MacNeil lounge, which is some distance from the Performing Arts Center complex. We must assure LA that no food or drink will be brought into the auditorium itself, and we thank you all for your cooperation regarding this reasonable restriction.

Non-members of GFS are welcome to attend on a day pass ($12), the cost of which can be applied to annual membership at a later time.

Parking is spelled out on this map. Note that there are three handicap parking spots just outside the gallery entrance on Rte. 40, and these should be the parking of choice for those who need it, before resorting the more numerous but more distant spots on Powder House Road (marked on the map).

— The GFS Committee:

Carole Bouchard
Dorothy Davis
Katharyn Dawson
Keith Dawson
Chase Duffy
Scott Stathis

P.O. Box 374
Groton, MA 01450

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