SBS on Demand: Ku’Damm 56 & Ku’damm 59

German period drama Ku’Damm 56 & Ku’damm 59 begins tomorrow at SBS on Demand.

Seasons 1 & 2 will both be available. This screens with English subtitles.

Set in Berlin 1956, at the traditional dance school ‘Galant’‚ worlds collide and the struggle between prudishness and emancipation is carried out. Caterina Schöllack, owner of the school and mother of three marriageable daughters, tries to integrate herself and her family into a hierarchically structured society. Two of her daughters seem to abide by their mother‘s wish – Helga appears to have made a brilliant move with her marriage to the lawyer Wolfgang von Boost, and Nurse Eva does everything she can to get married to the Head Professor Fassbender.
Only Monika, the middle daughter, rejects her given path and discovers rock ‘n’ roll for herself. Monika‘s story and that of her two sisters are exemplary for many lives in a time when a woman‘s place was in the home to serve the needs of her husband. At the same time, however, the women of this generation were searching for a new female identity, and were inspired by the burgeoning demand for equal rights. This is the story about the generation of our own mothers and grandmothers – and a filmic call to arms for women‘s emancipation.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 on SBS On Demand.

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