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Followed by a talk with Quarteera and Assel Aushakimova

Westward Journey

Followed by a talk with a representative from Quarteera and Assel Aushakimova (Russian with live English subtitles, transl. Alexandr Lange)

Through the use of oral storytelling and animation, Adamantine is a story of forgotten desire and the search for a sense of belonging, one that centers around a magical turn of events and the passage of self-discovery. Welcome to the USA tells a similar story, but follows the path of a lesbian who is suddenly able to migrate to start a new life and the challenges they face along the way. It is one of just a few feature-length Kazakh films with a protagonist from the LGBTQ community. With both films ultimately expressing a form of wishful thinking and the kind of “magical” energy that lies behind all emancipatory projects, each sheds light on the often forgotten narratives of queer persons in/from post-soviet central Asia.

Adamantine
Art Arutyunyan, USA 2017, 9 min.

Welcome to the USA
Assel Aushakimova, Kazakhstan 2019, 94 min.

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Quarteera has been connecting Russian-speaking LGBTQI* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersexual) people in Germany since 2012. The organization counteracts the multiple disadvantages Russian-speaking LGBTIQ* people face as non-Germans and as LGBTQI*. Fields of work include political education, counseling services for LGBTQI* people and its parents, and international cooperation projects with LGBTQI* organizations especially in the countries of the former USSR.

Assel Aushakimova is a Kazakhstani director, screenwriter, and producer. Her first feature film Welcome to the USA had its world premiere at AFI Fest 2019 and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize as Best International Narrative Feature of NewFest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2020. She is currently working on her second feature film that has been selected for the first workshop of the Biennale College Cinema 2020-2021 of Venice IFF.

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Followed by a talk with Mark Lutta and Sarnt Utamachote

Alternative Kinship

No Romo is a short film about questioning the ways in which we perform romantic love in society and the many shapes that love can take. Baby Girl tells the story of Jessica, a first-year university student who suffers an emotional breakdown following the discovery that she was born intersex. Yet when Jessica meets the free-spirited Sally, she realizes that she can be herself and still find true acceptance. Polyamorous Family documents a poly family containing black, white, Chinese, and Indian members, exploring relationships, globalization, and sexuality. In Plain Sight documents how an LGBTQ+ community functions in Uganda, as the filmmaker shares an insight into the dynamics of life in a country where being gay is considered unlawful and immoral.

No Romo
Elliot Blue, Germany 2021, 15 min.

Baby Girl 
Selasie Djameh, Ghana 2019, 24 min.

Polyamorous Family
He Xiaopei, China 2010, 26 min.

In Plain Sight
Achiro P. Olwoch, Uganda 2019, 17 min.

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Mark Lutta is from Jinja, Eastern Uganda. He recently graduated with a BA at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He worked with Achiro Media House (AMH) and Lillian Kelle Productions, an organization focused on content that brings awareness to Child Sexual Abuse. He was an assistant coordinator at the Kampala International Theatre Festival. Mark currently lives in Cologne.

Sarnt Utamachote is a filmmaker, photographer and curator. He is a co-founder of un.thai.tled, a collective of Thai-diasporic creatives in Germany, through which he curated un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin as well as Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park. His video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was officially exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Followed by a talk with Zara Zandieh and Popo Fan

Re-Placement

While The Sea Runs Thru My Veins is an assemblage of multiple post-migrant voices from different geopolitical spheres, At Home But Not at Home evokes postcolonial memories through the use of contrasting footage. Together with cartographic appropriation and re-mapping in Sewing Borders and the aesthetics of opacity, rumours and secrets in Endnote, each of these short films reflect queer, if not asexual, counter-narrative aesthetics and decolonial knowledge. Here we can explore (un)seen subjects and how they cross over to occupy new bodily spaces.

Endnote 
Ashish Avikunthak, India 2005, 18 min.

The Sea Runs Thru My Veins
Zara Zandieh, Germany 2019, 20 min.

Sewing Borders
Mohamad Hafeda, Lebanon 2018, 25 min.

At Home But Not at Home
Suneil Sanzgiri, USA 2019,11 min.

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Zara Zandieh (they/she) is a filmmaker born and based in Berlin. Zara’s works have been nominated for awards at various film festivals including the BFI FLARE Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, and Dok Leipzig. Zara’s most current project, Octavia’s Visions premiered at Oberhausen Film Festival 2021. Zara was selected for the 2021 edition of Berlinale Talents.

Popo Fan, born 1985, is a Berlin-based Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer. His films include queer activism documentaries and scripted, sex-positive shorts. For more than a decade, he has organized the Beijing Queer Film Festival and founded the Queer University Video Training Camp in China. In 2019 he curated film series “More Than A Midnight Rainbow” about Chinese-made and Chinese-speaking queer films at bi’bak.

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Followed by a talk with Elliot Blue and Zoya

Trans-Gressive

The comedy-drama Wa, Nan shows a beauty pageant, My Name is Untac takes a look at African-Cambodian identity, Emak Menolak puts a supportive mother at the center, Void tackles the queer politics of IDs, and ONTEM unfolds a contemplative picture about the losses and pain some have to undergo in order to be truly themselves. Each of these short films showcases grass-root productions centering trans* voices and experiences as well as ongoing campaigns for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

*In this context, trans is an inclusive “decolonial” umbrella term referring to all gender diverse people who depart from normative Western ideas of gender. Trans = a non-cis-gender person.

Wa, Nan
Marie Bernadette Tayag / Eliza Santos / Danette Orlido, Philippines 2018, 20 min.

My Name is Untac
Vana Hem, Cambodia 2012, 13 min.

Emak Menolak 
Anggun Pradesha, Indonesia 2020, 9 min.

Void 
Asya Leman, Turkey 2017, 13 min.

ONTEM (Before Today)
Thiago Kistenmacker and Sanni Est, Brazil 2017, 13 min.

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Elliot Blueis a filmmaker and light designer. Their short films Black is Me (2017), Home? (2018), and No Romo (2021) have been shown at film festivals around the world. Since 2016, Elliot also gives film workshops to enable empowerment and self-determination.

Zoya is a translator, curator, and educator based in Berlin. They are an organizer and programmer of TransFormations – Trans* Film Festival Berlin, a biennial grassroots, community-focused festival organized by an exclusively Black and PoC trans*, two-spirit, gender-non-conforming team.

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Followed by a talk with Popo Fan and Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo

Female+

Pink Pill is a hard-hitting examination of gender/sexuality-based bullying and its emotional consequences. Goodbye Mr. B Hello Ms. B is an autobiographical documentary about director Beatrice Wong’s experiences as a transgender woman. Period@Period expresses the experience of having a period, one which might not only be assigned to female cis-gender people but to anyone. What I Would’ve Told My Daughter if I knew what to Say Back Then features over 13 years of home video footage concluding with an unraveling of the filmmaker's identity. Protest and Desire is a video artwork that challenges popular discourse around sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV by focusing on how women of color deal with intimacy, sex, and age within the landscape of white Europe. 

Pink Pill 
Xie Xiaoshan, China 2017, 30 min.

Goodbye Mr. B Hello Ms. B
Beatrix Wong, Hong Kong 2017, 15 min.

Period@Period
Hnin Ei Hlaing, Myanmar 2018, 8 min.

What I Would’ve Told My Daughter if I knew what to Say Back Then
Cha Roque, Philippines 2017, 13 min.

Protest and Desire
Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo, Germany 2019, 20 min.

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Popo Fan, born 1985, is a Berlin-based Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer. His films include queer activism documentaries and scripted, sex-positive shorts. For more than a decade, he has organized the Beijing Queer Film Festival and founded the Queer University Video Training Camp in China. In 2019 he curated film series “More Than A Midnight Rainbow” about Chinese-made and Chinese-speaking queer films at bi’bak.

Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo studied under TJ Demos at The Maryland Institute College of Art and later The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow Poland. D'Angelo's work confronts fear and vulnerability through video, neon, installation, and sculpture. Her works have been exhibited at The Screen City Biennial, Halle 14, Hua International, VOLTANY, Taiwan Digital Arts Center, Galeria Studio Warsaw, and The Goethe Institute. 

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Curated by Sarnt Utamachote, Popo Fan and Ragil Huda

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IMAGINING QUEER BANDUNG

“But what harm is in diversity, when there is unity in desire?” With this question, the Indonesian president Sukarno opened the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung. Whilst being known as one of the earliest global alliances of people of color in non-alignment politics, these political acteurs represented only the interests of their own nation-states, at the cost of oppressing marginal queer and indigenous groups. Hence the absence of these perspectives in the linear and heteronormative historical narrative of anti-colonial struggles. Imagining Queer Bandung aims to draw a bridge between this “unity in desire” and LGBTQ+ social activism, decolonial knowledge, and cinematic imagination. How can we imagine alternative approaches in which queer bodies – across Asian, African, and Caribbean contexts – participate in, produce and reclaim these larger discourses for themselves, their communities, and their liberation, as neither national nor sexual objects?

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany

Popo Fan, born 1985, is a Berlin-based Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer. His films include queer activism documentaries and scripted, sex-positive shorts. For more than a decade, he has organized the Beijing Queer Film Festival and founded the Queer University Video Training Camp in China. In 2019 he curated film series “More Than A Midnight Rainbow” about Chinese-made and Chinese-speaking queer films at bi’bak.

Ragil Huda is an organizer, independent curator, and graduate student at the Asien-Afrika Institut, Universität Hamburg. He co-founded QTIBIPOC Hamburg and is also one of the organizing committees of the international platform and network called Queer' Asia in Berlin. His community engagement and academic work specifically center on queerness, intersectionality, community building, critical pedagogy, and the social-political realities of marginalized communities through various methodologies and collaborative curatorial practices.

Sarnt Utamachote is a filmmaker, photographer and curator. He is a co-founder of un.thai.tled, a collective of Thai-diasporic creatives in Germany, through which he curated un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin as well as Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park. His video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was officially exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Curated by Eirini Fountedaki, fluctuating images, Philip Rizk and Shohreh Shakoory

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Disrupt, Dismantle, Desire

In Disrupt, Dismantle, Desire we aim to explore cinematic languages that challenge hegemonic narratives. Each of the films selected looks deeper at (neo)colonial ways of being and queries how we might dismantle colonial modes of knowledge production. By highlighting various aesthetic strategies that interrogate cinematic forms developed in the self-proclaimed “center of civilization,” the films collectively ask: Can the ways in which we perceive, produce and distribute cinema play a critical role in our struggles to question and subvert neo-colonial and capitalist infrastructures, borders, and gender norms?

Funded by Berliner Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung, the Berliner Senat für Kultur und Europa and the Projektfonds Urbane Praxis

Eirini Fountedaki is an independent curator, writer and researcher. Between 2018 and 2020 she worked at SAVVY Contemporary as a curator of film. She is a co-editor of the publication How does the world breathe now? She studied musicology and violin in Greece, and Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 20202020, she co-founded the curatorial collective Cruising Curators.

fluctuating images is an independent and non-commercial platform for the presentation of and reflection on (media) art and design run by Cornelia Lund and Holger Lund. Its aim is to foster a fruitful exchange between aesthetic and discursive approaches to the multilayered challenges presented by our technology- and media-driven world from a global and decolonial perspective.

Philip Rizk is a filmmaker from Cairo living in Berlin. Amongst others, he co-directed the film Out on the Street (2015) with Jasmina Metwaly, which premiered at the Berlinale and was part of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Rizk is a member of the Mosireen, the collective behind the video archive 858.ma. His texts have appeared online, in journals and in collected volumes.

Shohreh Shakoory is an independent researcher and editor based in Berlin. Born and raised in Tehran, she finished her BA in art history and film and media studies in Rome and graduated with a master of fine arts from Bauhaus university in Weimar. Her research deals with politics of representation, aesthetic and archival knowledge.

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A DREAM FOR EACH

While the corona pandemic keeps a privileged part of the world population in quarantine, precarious living conditions mean that many can’t afford to stay at home. The global economic inequalities have become more visible through this polarization, pointing to a longer history of authority and unequal distribution of labour and wealth, all entangled within neoliberal power relations. With films that leave room for nuances, A Dream for Each deals with the colonial residues of globalised trade, technology and tourism.

Funded by Stiftung Nord-Süd Brücken aus Mitteln der LEZ

Özge Calafato is a curator, editor and writer. She has worked for numerous film festivals and institutions, including Cinema Akil, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), SANAD Development and Post-Production Fund, Documentarist, DOK Leipzig, DokuFest, The Arab Fund for Arts and the Imagine Science Film Festival. She is co-founder of the National Film Library of the United Arab Emirates.

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Critical Conditions

Fields of action in the environmental crisis

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote, Malve Lippmann, Rosalia Namsai Engchuan and Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein & Eirini Fountedaki

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Critical Conditions

The causes of the man-made environmental crisis and the social disruptions it triggers are closely linked to questions of global justice. Despite contributing comparatively little to greenhouse gas emissions and the production of waste, the countries of the Global South are generally hit first by the repercussions. Yet, those responsible are predominantly global corporations, who are able to continuously cause tremendous harm within the framework of neoliberal policies. The collectively-curated programme aims to bring together diverse perspectives from within the environmental crisis, by examining the socioeconomic shifts and continuations of power relations between the Global North and South. The film series draws attention to the neo-colonial structures embedded in the climate crisis, the global consumption of resources, and the role of extractive neoliberal capitalism.   

Funded by Berliner Landeszentrale Politische Bildung and the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

Malve Lippmann studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and at the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts (MA). She worked as a freelance artist and designer. Since 2010 she has also been active as a cultural manager in various cultural and community projects. She is co-founder and artistic director of bi'bak and Sinema Transtopia.

Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein & Eirini Fountedaki form a curatorial duo interested in embodied knowledge and slowing down processes of production. They co-curated the film series Residing in the Borderlands at SAVVY Contemporary, and are now part of the Berlin Biennial 11 curatorial workshop how now to gather.

Rosalia Namsai Engchuan is a social anthropologist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Southeast Asia. She is currently working on a collaborative project with artists and cultural producers in Southeast Asia on artistic investigations and interventions into problem clusters of modernity that pivot around notions of climate change.

Sarnt Utamachote is a filmmaker, photographer and curator. He is a co-founder of un.thai.tled, a collective of Thai-diasporic creatives in Germany, through which he curated un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin as well as Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park. His video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was officially exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Workshop Leaders Sarnt Utamachote

BASIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR QUEER BIPOC

Application deadline: 15th June 2021 23:00 CET
Participants announcement: end of June 2021

This workshop aims to facilitate both technical and intellectual conversations around decolonial queer filmmaking. It aims to provide basic tools for each participant to realize at least two small projects during the one-month intensive workshop. From the history of postcolonial queer cinema, decolonial aesthetics, basic storytelling to pitching, basic camera and documentary techniques to montage, the participants’ project conceptualization and production will be accompanied by the main mentor (Kit Hung). Throughout the process, participants will be inspired, provoked, and urged to reflect through sessions hosted by invited guests.

How to apply?

For more information and details of the workshops and how to apply, click the links below: 

Imagining Queer Bandung Filmmaking Workshop

If you have any queries or problems with using the forms, please email: hudaragil-at-gmail.com

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany.

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  • 17.07.2021 (10:00) - 17.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 18.07.2021 (10:00) - 18.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 24.07.2021 (10:00) - 24.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 25.07.2021 (10:00) - 25.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 31.07.2021 (10:00) - 31.07.2021 (18:00)
  • 01.08.2021 (10:00) - 01.08.2021 (18:00)
  • 07.08.2021 (10:00) - 07.08.2021 (18:00)
  • 08.08.2021 (10:00) - 08.08.2021 (18:00)

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Curated by Necati Sönmez

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Decolonizing the Screen

As Louis Malle once put it, “A westerner with a camera is twice a westerner”. Afterall, cinema started its long journey in a colonial context, considering the Lumière Brothers visited countries of the Global South in order to film the “Other”. Consequently, the early ethnographical documentary works were often associated with an authoritative colonial gaze. At present, the documentary industry is still to a large extent based on well-funded films produced by western filmmakers framing the Global South as a site of misery, exploiting images in order to satisfy the demand of the West. In response, non-western filmmakers created their own images by reversing the colonizer's gaze, and some western filmmakers ended up questioning themselves rather than feeding into the expectations. Decolonizing the Screen shows a selection of perspectives which challenge the continued history of the colonial gaze and open up discussions on the legacy of ethnographic films as well as the politics of documentary production.

Necati Sönmez works as a film critic, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the initiator of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and one of the founders of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, which soon became the most important documentary festival in Turkey. He has served as jury member in over 30 festivals and curated documentary programmes as a guest curator. For 2021 he is a fellow at bi’bak.

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Curated by Sebahattin Şen

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THE GHOST ON BOARD / GEMIDEKI HAYALET

This film program, centering around the 2019 book titled The Ghost on Board: The Construction of Kurdishness and Turkishness in Turkish Cinema, will trace the Kurdish issue in Turkish cinema from the 2000s to the present and the forms in which Kurdishness and Turkishness are represented in relation to it. How do the representation practices and methods of these films differ from previous periods? How are conventions and representations of, and discourses about, Turkishness and Kurdishness constructed in relation to the Kurdish issue? With which emotions and ideas were the films conceived and fictionalized? The Ghost on Board is a program consisting of eight films and aims to critically discuss the construction of Turkish and Kurdish identities around these critical questions.

Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

Sebahattin Şen studied Media at Akdeniz University (BA) and Sociology at Muğla University (MA) before receiving his PhD degree from Dep. of Sociology, Istanbul Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 2016. His articles have been published in various journals such as Cogito, Kültür ve İletişim, Teorik Bakış and Dipnot. In 2017 he was expelled from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, where he used to work as a research associate, because he signed the petition “Academics for Peace”. In 2019 his book The Ghost on Board: The Construction of Kurdishness and Turkishness in Turkish Cinema was published by Metis Publishing.

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Workshop Leaders Ragil Huda

PODCASTING WORKSHOPS FOR QUEER BIPOC

Application deadline: 15th June 2021 23:00 CET
Participants announcement: end of June 2021

These workshops are designed to provide you with the knowledge, practical skills, and tools to produce your own podcasts, as well as knowledge of gender and sexuality, culture and history outside a Western/Eurocentric perspective. This workshop will cover audio storytelling basics, including concept, format, structure, the art of the interview (researching guests, forming questions, active listening, and how to prepare and conduct various interview types), sound-mixing, editing, distribution, and project sustainability. The workshops are suitable for those who have zero to basic knowledge yet have interests in podcasting. 

The selection criteria are your project’s conceptual potential, artistic originality, and logistical realizability. The applicants should also reflect on the visions of Imagining Queer Bandung and be willing to solidarize and create a safe space. We also aim for a well-balanced set of representations amongst the participants. 

How to apply?

For more information and details of the workshops and how to apply, click the links below: 

Imagining Queer Bandung Podcasting Workshop

If you have any queries or problems with using the forms, please email: hudaragil-at-gmail.com

Funded by Fonds Soziokultur and The European Solidarity Corps in cooperation with  ‘Queer’ Asia in Germany.

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  • 14.08.2021 (11:00) - 14.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 15.08.2021 (11:00) - 15.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 21.08.2021 (11:00) - 21.08.2021 (13:30)
  • 22.08.2021 (11:00) - 22.08.2021 (13:30)

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Workshop Leaders Alejandro Bachmann, André Siegers and Bernd Schoch

Abgeguckt #8: Change of Perspective

The focus of the workshop Abgeguckt is the exchange of and through images. Being a copycat (abgucken) means to peer unabashedly, all lopsided and wonderfully, at images, wholly unnoticed by those in authority. Copycat means to embrace a community that is constituted through this way of seeing. Abgeguckt #8 examines this notion of a change of perspective. Here, the aesthetic and the political merge into one. The participants are sent a (film) excerpt on this topic, to which they will respond with a clip. This marks the beginning of a collective chain of images and thoughts. 

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  • 02.10.2021 (17:00) - 09.10.2021 (19:00)
  • 03.10.2021 (12:00) - 10.10.2021 (18:00)