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Oscar Winner Bill Guttentag to Visit Freie Universität

Presentation on Hollywood Film Industry on June 8 / Screening of Documentary "Nanking" about Japanese War Crimes in China in the 1930s and Panel Discussion on June 9, 2015

№ 151/2015 from Jun 01, 2015

Interview opportunity for media representatives on June 9 in Kreuzberg; RSVP by email:

The two-time Oscar winning director Bill Guttentag will visit Freie Universität Berlin on June 8 and 9. On June 8 he will give a talk about the film industry in Hollywood and answer questions from the audience. On June 9 he will present his documentary film Nanking. The film focuses on the war crimes conducted by the Japanese occupiers of the Chinese capital Nanking at the end of 1937 and beginning of 1938. Nearly 370,000 people were murdered, and tens of thousands of women – with estimates ranging from 20,000 to 80,000 – were raped. To this day, the extent of the crime is not recognized by Japan. The way it is mentioned in Japanese schoolbooks led to a dispute with China just a few months ago. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Bill Guttentag to address the topic and the film.

The discussants in the panel discussion on June 9 will include the professor of theater studies, Gertrud Koch, the professor of Chinese studies, Mechthild Leutner, and the professor of law, Klaus Hoffmann-Holland, all of Freie Universität Berlin. The discussion will be moderated by the professor of economics, Irwin L. Collier of Freie Universität Berlin. Admission to both events is free, and no advance registration is necessary.

Bill Guttentag, born in 1958, is a lecturer in organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a screenwriter, director, and film producer. In his talk on June 8 entitled "The Power Structure and Dynamics of Contemporary Hollywood," he will present the entrainment industry as one of the largest and most important industries in the world. According to Guttentag, it is an industry characterized by tremendous opportunities and major uncertainties alike.

Times and Places

  • Talk by Bill Guttentag about the Hollywood film industry:

June 8, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 101, Gary Street 21, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz, U3

  • Film screening of Nanking followed by a panel discussion: 

Henry Ford Building, Max Kade Auditorium, Gary Street 35, 6 p.m.; subway station: Thielplatz or Dahlem-Dorf, U3

Interview Opportunity

Media representatives may schedule an interview with Bill Guttentag on June 9 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in his hotel near the subway station Warschauer Strasse.  If you are interested, please send an email to

Further Information

Sandra Hallscheidt, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52548, Email:

Links to Information about Bill Guttentag