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Director Ljupcho Temelkovski Macedonia, Germany 2015

82 min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Ljupcho Temelkovski


MARGINA is an intimate insight into the life of Menan’s family, who live at the edge of the European society in Macedonia. This documentary creates a poignant connection between an individual story and those global structures of injustice, exploitation and racism which force many people to flee their homes. Without the use of overt pathos, the film shows an everyday family life marked by social marginalization, racistic discrimination and economic hardship. Like many Roma of the region, the family is forced to make a living by cutting firewood for the non-Roma neighborhood. In search for a better life, the family decides to try to make their way to Germany, in order to seek asylum and spend the winter there.

Ljupcho Temelkovski was born in 1979 in Macedonia. He has an education in photography, video art, narrative film and generative art. He received a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation for the social engagement shown through his projects. Since 2016 he has also been working as a social worker, helping Roma Families from the south-eastern Europe.

Book Launch Event

Followed by a talk with Ibrahim Arslan, Jasper Kettner and Heike Kleffner

The Relatives

According to the Federal Government, 83 people have been killed by right-wing violence in Germany since 1990. Journalists from Zeit Online and Tagesspiegel have documented 169 fatalities and 61 suspected cases during that same time period, whilst the Amadeu Antonio Foundation names 194 fatalities and 12 suspected cases. For the victims of right-wing violence before 1990, there are no statistics.

The publication dedicates itself, through texts and photographs, to the families of the victims of racism and right-wing violence. It addresses the grieving of the bereaved alongside their struggle to regain their own dignity following false suspicion, and to recognize the dead as victims of politically motivated violence.

The presentation starts with a reading of individual texts by relatives that were created for the publication. The reading is followed by a conversation between Heike Kleffner and the editors Jasper Kettner and Ibrahim Arslan. After the conversation, food will be served by Lars Exit.

Ibrahim Arslan is a survivor of the racially motivated arson attack which took place in Mölln in 1992. He is an activist and an involved participator in the “Circle of Friends in Memory of the Racist Arson Attacks of Mölln 1992”, as well as an ambassador for democracy and tolerance.

Jasper Kettner lives as a freelance photographer in Berlin.

Heike Kleffner is a journalist and managing director of the Association of Counseling Centres for Victoms of Right, Racist and Anti-Semitic Violence (VBRG e.V.). She, along with Frank Jansen, has supervised the long-running research project “death toll of right-wing violence since 1990” for Tagesspiegel and ZEIT online.

Followed by a talk with Çağdaş Erdoğan and Önder Çakar

Nabİcaz Be Kamİl | What Now, Kamİl?
Increasingly authoritarian rule by the government following the military coup attempt in July 2016 led many people in Turkey to consider moving abroad, especially to Germany. For others, leaving was enforced. Scriptwriter and filmmaker Önder Çakar was one of them. 
In the presence of the photographer and filmmaker Çağdaş ErdoğanÖnder Çakar and the 140journos team from Istanbul, we host the premiere of Nabıcaz Be Kamil | What now, Kamil, the first mini-documentary of the series Almanyadan Sevgiler | From Almanya with Love, with English subtitles. The screening is followed by an open discussion about the film with snacks and drinks.

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Çağdaş Erdoğan is a photographer and artist born in 1992 in Eastern Turkey. As a photojournalist, his work focuses on minorities in the Middle East. His works have been  published in world-leading newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Stern, The British Journal of Photography, The Times, The Guardian, İz Magazine and many others. He was selected among the ‘Ones to Watch in 2017’ by The British Journal of Photography. His first photobook titled Control was published Akina Books. He works with the video collective 140journos. He has held a fellowship at bi’bak since October 2019.

Önder Çakar directed many important films in Turkey such as Takva and Gemide, and due to increasing censorship and political oppression he first moved to Berlin and later to Hamburg. 

Director Aaron Yeger Canada 2011

99 min., OV

Followed by a talk with William Bila


On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on the 27th of January, we show the documentary A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED. Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma – including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists, and musicians – A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of poetry, music, and compelling firsthand accounts. As ethnic intolerance flares up across Europe, this documentary presents the story of the Roma as emblematic of the world’s legacy of racism and genocide.

William Bila is one of the film's protagonists. He has served as the Vice President for the Roma Community Centre in Toronto, on the boards of Roma Education Support Trust (UK), Roma Education Fund (CH, SK, RO), and as president of La Voix des Rroms (F). Bila was born and raised in the United States in a Slovak-Roma family. He speaks Slovak, French, Spanish, German, Czech and native English.

Stadtlabor-Forum Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Discussion with Prof. Dr. Helma Lutz, Malve Lippmann und Maike Suhr, Pantoula Vagelakou

care work and relationships in transnational families

Experts, sholars and artists discuss how women in car work deal with work-related separation from their families and children. With the research-based installation "BITTER THINGS - Memories and Narratives of transnational Families" by bi'bak, the Stadtlabor's exhibition places a transdisciplinary focus on this little worked on topic.

Funded by the Women's Department of the City of Frankfurt

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Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

By Can Sungu and Malve Lippmann


BITTER THINGS – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families is a research-based exhibition project by bi’bak that explores the impact of labor migration on the notion of motherhood and family from the perspectives of women migrant workers and children left behind. The installation takes experiences of transnational families from both past and present as a point of departure and brings narratives together with objects, which play a central role within the families.

Labor migration is worldwide creating new models of the transnational family, which despite geographical distances strives to maintain contact between the separated family members. In the time of the recruitment agreements in the 1960s, many parents were forced to leave their children behind since working hours were too demanding to make childcare on the side possible. Today it is predominantly migrant workers from Eastern Europe, who have to leave their families to earn a living in wealthier countries. Turkey, as a former country of emigration, has in turn become a destination for many workers, especially in the care sector, from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus or the Central Asian region.

But, how is the relationship between parents and children to be redefined whenever gifts and material support take the place of shared experience? When physical closeness has to take second place to communication programs like Skype and WhatsApp? How does this changing family landscape impact children and their parents? BITTER THINGS retraces positions on this topic from the 1960s right up to present day perspectives.

Besides the exhibitions a side program with films, lectures and discussions has been curated by bi’bak. Moreover a publication with academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives has been released. Order your copy . A booklet with selected texts in German and photographs of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Concept and Artistic Direction: Malve Lippmann, Can Sungu
Exhibition Design: Malve Lippmann
Editing, Research: Maike Suhr

A project by bi’bak in cooperation with Historisches Museum Frankfurt.

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Romani Perspectives in Film

Curated by Hamze Bytyçi


What is cliche and what is reality when it comes to the Romani people? Can films about Romani people do without stereotypes? The film series SO DIKHEA? WHAT DO YOU SEE? deals with the consequences of the images and narratives which have been created about, and not with Romani people over centuries. For a thousand years the Romani people have been part of Europe and have shaped its cultures and societies; and yet, they are still perceived as foreign and not belonging. Antiziganism makes us blind to the multi-faceted, complex reality: the reasons for the emigration of the Romani people from the Balkan countries are often disregarded, the importance of labour migration for an aging society is being ignored. In order to change this, the film series SO DIKHEA? WHAT DO YOU SEE? invites for a closer look and discussion. 

RomaTrial e.V. is a transcultural self-organised Berliner-Romani group which coordinates the Roma-Filmfestival AKE DIKHEA? once a year, with the goal of bringing the complex problems of Antiziganism into the public consciousness. AKE DIKHEA? – in Romani, NA SIEHST DU? – shows films with and by Rom*nja, Sinti*zzi and other people with Romno background. The festival will take place in Berlin for the third time, between the 5th – 9th December 2019. 

Hamze Bytyçi lives and works in Berlin. In 2012, he founded the association RomaTrial, in 2013 he was founding member of the International Romani Film Commission. In 2017, he has initiated the Festival of Romani Film AKE DIKHEA?, which he directs since then. In 2018, he was co-curator of the 1st Roma Biennale COME OUT NOW!

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Cooperation partners 140journos

By Çağdaş Erdoğan

From Almanya With Love

bi’bak is partnering up with Turkey’s most popular ‘counter-media’ channel 140journos for the short-film series Almanya’dan Sevgiler | From Almanya With Love. The series features six mini-documentaries directed by Çağdaş Erdoğan, focusing on a diverse range of stories of migration from Turkey to Germany.

Turbulent politics has played a major role in shaping transnational migration patterns between Turkey and Germany throughout the last century. After 1961, thousands of Gastarbeiters came to Germany in order to build up the post-war economy, forming the hitherto largest ethnic minority group. Violent ideological clashes in the 1970’s or oppressive politics in the 90’s in Turkey resulted in numerous, mostly leftist and Kurdish asylum seekers coming to Germany. Today, a new wave of migrants from Turkey are settling mainly in Berlin. These journalists, artists, academics and other young professionals are escaping ongoing persecution and seeking for a better future. In his films, Çağdaş Erdoğan investigates a diverse selection of backgrounds and stories of migration from Turkey to Germany and brings to light counter-narratives against dominant stereotypes.

Çağdaş Erdoğan is a photographer and artist born in 1992 in Eastern Turkey. As a photojournalist, his work focuses on minorities in the Middle East. His works have been  published in world-leading newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Stern, The British Journal of Photography, The Times, The Guardian, İz Magazine and many others. He was selected among the ‘Ones to Watch in 2017’ by The British Journal of Photography. His first photobook titled Control was published Akina Books. He works with the video collective 140journos. He has held a fellowship at bi’bak since October 2019.

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