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Introduction, Film Screening and Discussion: Fighting for Sexual Rights in the Early Twentieth Century: Magnus Hirschfeld, Sexual Science and Anders als die Andern (1919)

17th February 2016 @ 18:30 - 20:30


Anders_als_die_Andern_018Special film screening of Anders als die Andern (1919) with introduction and discussion.

Released in 1919, Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] is one of the first films in history to portray male homosexuality in a sympathetic light. It was directed by Richard Oswald (1880-1963) and tells the story of a homosexual musician who get blackmailed after falling in love with one of his protégés. The film was co-written by German-Jewish sexual scientist Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), who also makes a brief appearance in the film. Hirschfeld was one of the most important early sexual scientists and founder of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin. He is also remembered as a pioneering activist who advocated for gay, lesbian, trans and intersex rights throughout his life.

Our project director Dr Jana Funke will introduce the film and discuss Hirschfeld’s work as a sexual scientist and as a sexual rights activist.

Anders als die Andern is a silent film, accompanied by a musical score, and will be shown with English inter titles.

Organised by Exeter LGBTQ+ Soc

Free but please register your attendance on the Facebook event or by emailing


Part of LGBTQ+ History Month.

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17th February 2016
18:30 - 20:30
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University of Exeter LGBTQ+ Society
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LT1 Queens Building
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, EX4 4QH United Kingdom
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