Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices

The Department of German organized a week-long project in Vienna, Austria, during spring break for nine Barnard and Columbia advanced German-language students. The trip was led by Senior Associate in German and Language Program Coordinator Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj for her course “Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices.” 

To study identity, stereotypes, and the notion of homeland, the students met, interviewed, and filmed refugees, recent immigrants, and native Viennese citizens. The students produced a documentary from this footage, which is available through the department's website. 

To find out more about students' experiences while in Vienna, visit

Read "Beyond Borders" to learm more about last year's trip to Vienna.