Lehmann – the last cultural diplomat

Oct 29, 2023 | Culture, People, Social, Videos

Klaus-Dieter Lehmann is a name that commands respect in the cultural sphere of Germany. Considered a pragmatic visionary by many, Lehmann has spent half a century contributing to the cultural diplomacy of his country. He played an instrumental role in uniting the Frankfurt Library and the German Library in Leipzig to form the German National Library after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He went on to become President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage foundation in Berlin and led the restoration and renovation of major cultural centers in the German capital.
In 2008, he was appointed as President of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural arm of the German government with a global presence. This documentary follows Lehmann during his final year in office and his business trips in Africa and Asia where he reflects on his impressive career. Through interviews with his colleagues and those who have worked closely with him, the film traces the story of Germany’s cultural diplomacy over the past decades. Join Lehmann on this journey and discover the transformative power of cultural diplomacy in telling the story of a nation.

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