The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York will host a live online screening of the compelling eyewitness documentary There's a Whisper Spreading round the World on Kurt Eisner's Bavarian Revolution and Republic of 1918/19. Director Uli Bez and Eisner biographer Albert Gurganus will briefly introduce and contextualize her film, then the 67-minute screening will be followed by open discussion with the Munich-based filmmaker.
At anti-nuclear demonstrations in the mid 1980s young activists came into contact with lifelong anarcho-syndicalist Benno Scharmanski, who experienced the revolutionary Republic as a child of an impoverished proletarian family. Fascinated by Scharmanski's firsthand account of the historical watershed, Bez determined to document reminiscences of the last surviving revolutionaries and their sympathizers, a veritable race against time. Es geht durch die Welt ein Geflüster was released in 1989, another critical turning point. Not until the centenary of the short-lived Republic did her picture find its popular resonance and claim its critical due.