bi'bakino #32


Thursday, 06.07.2017, at 9pm

In presence of Angelika Levi and Sandy Kaltenborn (Kotti & Co)

On the night of May 26th, 2012 some of the inhabitants of the social flats at Kottbusser Tor, mainly neighbours of Turkish origin, built a protest house made of Euro-pallets. They called the construction “Gecekondu”, which means “built over night” in Turkish. Through the squatting of a public square in the middle of Kreuzberg, the renter initiative Kotti & Co started a protest still visible today and have thus managed to put the issue of social house building and the expulsion of people with low income on the political agenda. People with very different biographies and political opinions started talking with one another and sharing their stories. Prejudices were replaced by a positive uncertainty, neighbours became friends.

Miete essen Seele auf is documenting two years of neighbourly self-organization and protest. The initiative demands limitations for the rent and the return of social flats into the property of the state. The film, made by Angelika Levis and Christoph Dreher, connects the question of urban living with the history of migration and highlights the link between racism and urban expulsion.

Director: Angelika Levi
DE 2015, 55 min.
Original in German with English subtitles