The Circle:

An Evening with the Swiss writers for Der Kreis
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An evening of conversation with Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, who met and became life partners in the 1950s as members of the pioneering Swiss organization Der Kreis (The Circle), which published a magazine and provided support for gay men through a dark era of antigay repression and into the changes of the late 1960s. In 2002, they were the first couple recognized under the registered partnership law passed by the Canton of Zurich. Their story inspired the film "The Circle," winner of the Teddy for best documentary at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and selected by Switzerland as its entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. Historian and rare book-dealer Gerard Koskovich will serve as interviewer.


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