The Einstein of Sex

Dir. Rosa von Praunheim | 100 min
Narrative Germany 1999
German with English subtitles

Saturday, May 111:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre Pre-sale only*

*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

In 1897, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld—a gay Jewish sexologist based in Berlin—founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, the first LGBTQ+ rights organization in history. Von Praunheim’s film, a mixture of fact and fiction, examines Hirschfeld’s close inner circle of friends and their collective efforts to achieve equal rights for queer people—including the 1919 establishment of the Institute for Sex Research, and their battle to continue their movement despite the rise of the Nazis.

Screening as part of Kino-Q, a film and discussion series accompanying the exhibition and programs encompassed by “Queer as German Folk”– reflecting on 50 years since the Stonewall uprising, in both Germany and the United States.

Presented with the Goethe-Institut Washington.

Co-presented by Embassy of Germany German Historical Institute Goethe-Institut Washington Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington


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