Upcoming Events

Online Documentary Screening: DIE KANDIDATEN


The programme includes a screening of the documentary film DIE KANDIDATEN (The Kandidates) by Michael Schwarz followed by a live discussion with the producers and the filmmaker.

Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/436756930 

Please note that the link will be active from 6:30 pm IST on 12th August 2020.

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'After the screening, from about 8:00 pm IST, you can join the open discussion with Dr. Thorsten Holzhauser from the University of Mainz along with the filmmaker, Michael Schwarz on Facebook.'


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The German federal election of 2017 is considered historic and, like no other election before, still has an immense influence on current politics. Whereas the election campaigns of the top candidates such as Merkel and Schulz were exploited in detail by the media, we lack a focus on the campaigns of the grass roots of the political parties, far away from Berlin.

The film accompanies six young politicians of the biggest political parties from Rhineland-Palatinate during the crucial phase of the election campaign: Jan Metzler (Christian Democratic Union, 36), Thomas Hitschler (Social Democratic Party, 34), David Dietz (Free Democratic Party, 35), Misbah Khan (Bündnis 90 / the Greens, 27), Max Keck (The Left, 19) and Sebastian Münzenmaier (Alternative for Germany, 28).

By attending panel discussions, door-to-door campaigning, visits at the local fair and interviews we learn how election campaigns work on a small scale, and we see the variety of challenges young politicians have to face. Our protagonists are always close to the people, who support, criticize or reject them. Despite the difficulties, they all have to act according to the motto “Keep on fighting!”.

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz initially worked for numerous film and television companies; e.g. at Bavaria Film, for the television series SISKA and on behalf of the Neue Münchner Filmproduktion as script supervisor and first assistant director.  From 2002-2007, he studied film and theatre studies in Mainz while working as a freelance director and assistant director. In 2007 he began to study Film/Video at the Art Academy Mainz. After getting his art diploma in 2011, Michael Schwarz became master apprentice of Prof. Dr. Harald Schleicher (Art Academy Mainz, film class) and carries on working as a freelance director and author. His films received multiple awards and have been presented at over 170 national and international film festivals.

Thorsten Holzhauser

Thorsten Holzhauser, studied history, German literature and political science in Mainz as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation. Since 2013 he has been a research assistant in the Department of Modern History at the Department of History. After a four-month guest lectureship at the University of Glasgow in 2017, he received his doctorate in Mainz in April 2018. His dissertation "The 'Successor Party'. Die Integration der PDS in das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1990-2005" was awarded the Research Promotion Prize of the Friends of the University of Mainz in 2019. He is currently a research assistant in the project "Regime Change and Elite Continuity in Post-Totalitarian Democracies after 1945".





An evening of Readings to celebrate "Senior Citizen's Day 2020"

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/3i5Okbm

The World Senior Citizen's Day is celebrated on 21 August each year. The celebration took place for the first time on 1 October 1991. It's a day to remember and celebrate the older persons and thank them for their contributions. 

We take this opportunity to thank all GZH well-wishers who have accompanied our journey for over 15 years. We have learnt from their laughter, from their experience, their knowledge and most importantly their company. We celebrate this day with readings. Our readers will select a text, poetry or prose of their preference. 

Do join us ONLINE as we stop to tell them how much we appreciate their presence in our lives!

Readings by:

B S Prakash

Daphne Rebello

Frauke Qader

Ismat Mehdi

Professor Satyanarayana

Shankar Melkote

Vasanth Kannabiran

Vithal Rajan



Chandana Chakrabarti

Distinguished Speakers' Series: Brain Mechanisms of Sight Recovery

GZH launches the Distinguished Speakers' Series to invite eminent professionals to speak to our audiences. This could be a lecture by the specialist or a panel discussion with other colleagues in their area of expertise. We are happy to present you the first of this series.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/2DAaiEl

Brain Mechanisms of Sight Recovery

Speaker: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Brigitte Röder,

Head of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Hamburg, Germany

If infants are born blind, their brains are able to adjust by enhancing non-visual senses such as hearing and touch in order to compensate for visual loss. If sight is restored later in life, it is often assumed that recovery is highly limited in those who receive e.g. cataract surgery only in late childhood or as adults. In fact, visual impairments remain in these individuals but there is a lot of recovery too and some functions reach close to typical levels. Neuroscience research in sight-recovery individuals uncovers the neural mechanisms of regaining visual functioning on which future treatment and rehabilitation efforts can built on.


Prof. D Balasubramanian

Distinguished Scientist & Director of Research Emeritus, L V Prasad Eye Institute


Dr. Ramesh Kekunnaya

Head, Children’s Eye Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute


Dr. Idris Shareef, L V Prasad Eye Institute


Prof. Anuradha Lohia

Manovikas Kendra, Kolkata


Dr. Neeraj Jain

Director, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar


Dr. Shrikant R. Bharadwaj, BSopt

Director - Brien Holden Institute of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Scientist - Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute


Dr. Premnandhini Satgunam

Consultant Optometrist; Scientist, L V Prasad Eye Institute

Listen to our Podcast Series: Pinjra Tod Kar

Are you getting bored at home? Why not listen to our Podcast series, Pinjra Tod Kar. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad in collaboration with Suno India and Bol Hyderabad is proud to present to you the first of their podcast series ‘Pinjra Tod Kar’. This podcast will bring to you powerful and poignant stories told by the women whose lives were impacted by Shaheen.