Das Experiment

Friday, January 12 @ 8 pm


The TRIBULATION cybernetic cinema series focuses on films that deal with social indoctrination and strategies of control.

The first film in this series is Das Experiment (2001), starring Moritz Bleibtreu (“Lola Rennt”)

tribulation - Das Experiment

“The movie is based on the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The ‘prisoners’ are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the ‘guards’ are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority.”

Footage of the the original Stanford Prison Experiment is available at Google video.

See you there!