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Followed by a talk with Kong Rithdee

Big Brother Is Coming

เพลงกล่อมเด็ก Lullaby 
ปฐมพล เทศประทีป Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Thailand 2019, 8 min.

Thong Pan
ยุทธนา มุกดาสนิท Euthana Mukdasanit / สุรชัย จันทิมาธร Surachai Jantimatorn / ไพจง ไหลสกุล Paijong Laisakul / รัศมี เผ่าเหลืองทอง Rassamee Paoluengthong, Thailand 1977, 63 min.

Thong Pan is an activist-produced film from the times of the student uprisings and massacres in the early 70s – a time in Thai history that still lingers as a trauma that finds no resolution. As much as it is a chronicle of the student movement, the film is also an important archival source of local reactions to terraforming mega-dam projects that violently scarred local ecosystems, especially in the Northeastern region. Thong Pan will be introduced by the cinematic experience that is Lullaby: A meditation on oral folk songs, traditionally inspired storytelling poetry on colonial borders, the Cold War, and national accountability for regional bloodshed. Both films were inspired by Third Cinema, or (socialist) cinema of the people, a driving cultural force in the 1970s.

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Kong Rithdee (ก้อง ฤทธิ์ดี) is a screenwriter, columnist and Thailand’s leading film critic. He is currently  the deputy director of the Thai Film Archive, which was established in 1984 as a national body. It became a public organization in 2009, working to create knowledge on film conservation, and to support film related research.

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Ab-Und-Zugehörigkeitsangelegenheiten I Presentation from the film workshop with Pimpaka Towira and un.thai.tled collective 2020

Followed by a discussion with all filmmakers: Onur Agbaba, Najwa Ahmed, Fernanda Carrasco, Luan Caja, Raras Umaratih, Estelle Pandao Lassus, Jade Singkhorn Krüger, Thao Ho, Nguyen Phuong Thuy, Nguyen Phuong Thanh, Vo Trang

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This evening is dedicated to the films produced at the filmmaking workshop which took place at Sinema Transtopia under the mentorship of Pimpaka Towira during un.thai.tled Film Festival 2020. There will be a conversation with the filmmakers on the works as well as a reflection on the filmmaking process. The topics range from diverse reflections on the experience of existing in Berlin and/or Germany as a member of a particular diasporic community, to the funding system for Southeast Asian cinema.

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Followed by a talk with Stefanie Schlüter

KHANE-YE DOUST KODJAST ?  WHERE IS MY FRIEND'S HOUSE?

Ahmad and Nématzadé sit next to each other in class. They live in Iran, in two neighbouring mountain villages. A hill separates their villages, Koker and Pochté, and a footpath over the hill connects them. After class, Ahmad notices that he has taken Nématzadé's notebook. This wouldn't be so bad if the teacher hadn't already threatened Nématzadé with expulsion from school if he did his assignments on a piece of paper again instead of in his notebook! For Ahmad, one thing is clear: he has to save his friend! Although his mother forbids him to do so, he runs off to Pochté. Ahmad has never been to the other side of the hill, so he has to find his way through an intricate labyrinth of houses and small alleys: Where is my friend's house? 

After the film, all children are invited to take part in a creative activity. (StS)

Stefanie Schlüter (Berlin/Zurich) works as a freelance film educator for the Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst, among others. Here she is involved in the film series "Großes Kino, Kleines Kino". Her main areas of expertise include short form, experimental film, international film history and film archives.

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The Hot & The Cold

The Hot & The Cold
Ojoboca (Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy), 2018, 40 min., 16mm, slide projection

Comfort Stations 
Ojoboca (Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy), 2018, 26 min., 16mm

Voice: Mary Ocher

The Hot & The Cold is an expanded cinema performance using 16mm and anaglyph 3D slide film, sound, light, and a fog machine. Inspired by phantasmagoria, the 18th century magic lantern spectacle of mysticism and horror, the screening uses the cinematic apparatus as a means to generate a state simultaneously suspended between being caught in the illusion while being aware of its unreality. The Hot & The Cold is screened together with the found footage film Comfort Stations. 

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers based in Berlin. Under the moniker Ojoboca they have presented their work in a variety of venues and festivals, including Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Anthology Film Archives, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and New York Film Festival.

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Followed by a talk with Phạm Ngọc Lân and Thùy-Hân Nguyễn-Chí

Landscape Melancholia

สุสานใต้ดิน Underground Cemetery 
วิศรุต ศรีพุธสมบูรณ์ Wisarut Sriputbomboon, Thailand 2020, 30 min.

ก่อนกาล The Reminiscence of Forsaken Place
อภิวันทน์ จรินยากุลวัฒน์ Apiwan Charinyakulwat, Thailand 2019, 16 min.

The In/Extinguishable Fire
Thùy-Hân Nguyễn-Chí, Vietnam/Germany 2019, 28 min.

Một khu đất tốt Blessed Land 
Phạm Ngọc Lân, Vietnam 2019, 19 min.

The films curated under this section are an invitation to think about landscape as a constitutive actor in the unleashing of individual and communal life stories, rather than just a passive backdrop to the main scene. Underground Cemetery opens the program with a reflection on the entanglements of Thai homes, spirits and political memory-landscapes relating to the countryside. The Reminiscence of Forsaken Place is a love letter to Bangkok and a middle finger to late capitalism as it morphs into an unbearable dystopian landscape. TheIn/Extinguishable Fire interweaves histories between the GDR and North Vietnam through intergenerational tales about aircrafts and revolutionaries. Those topics enter into a dialogue with Blessed Land, a deeply nuanced film that brings questions of landscape use across different classes in contemporary Vietnam to the surface.

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Phạm Ngọc Lân studied urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University. His work focuses on the influence of cityscapes on human relationships. His short films have been screened at numerous film festivals and art museums, including Visions du Réel, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Berlinale Shorts. He is currently developing his feature film debut.

Thùy-Hân Nguyễn-Chí is a Berlin- and London-based artist working with sculpture, installation, moving image and interdisciplinary research. She studied Fine Arts at Städelschule, Film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently pursuing a PhD in Film at CREAM, the University of Westminster. Her work explores the intersection of filmmaking and film theory, critical refugee studies and postcolonial studies.

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Sinema +++

Cinema beyond the Screen

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In cooperation with Azin Feizabadi, Jan Kulka, Anja Dornieden, Juan David Gonzales Monroy, Ming Poon und Darunee Terdtoontaveedej

SİNEMA+++ expands the spatial possibilities of cinema beyond the screen and explores its artistic and social potential. What is the relationship between the screen and the theatre, the cinematic images and the bodies in the space? How can newly developed projectors, expansive cinematic experiences and alternative forms of social exchange explore the relationship between film image and the bodies on and in front of the screen?  The event series SİNEMA+++ invites artistic projects to experiment with cinema experiences and develop crossover formats that examine the intersections of film, education, and performance.

Finded by Bezirkskulturfonds Mitte

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Common Cold

un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote and Rosalia Namsai Engchuan

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Common Cold

Social inequality, environmentally destructive extractivism and the violent reverberations of colonial nation-building are the constituent ingredients of dictatorial power regimes. They manifest from national boundaries established during the colonial era – an externally imposed structure that traumatized land, body, mind and spirit in numerous places. The selected films, lifted from both archives and contemporary sources, focus on Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia against the backdrop of the Cold War and its aftermath. In a reparative gesture, the film selection of Common Cold – un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021 is not organized along such violent and confining categories, but follows traces and entanglements that transcend national and geographic boundaries to raise questions regarding the bearing of responsibility for colonial damage in the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia. ​​As such, not only films from the region will be shown but ones produced in Europe which offer diverse, diasporic perspectives.

un.thai.tled brings together artists and creatives from Thailand and those with a Thai diasporic background. The collective curates cinema and cultural events in which stereotypes concerning Thailand and Southeast Asia are broken. un.thai.tled stands for resistance against invisibility but also against labels and external classifications.

Rosalia Namsai Engchuan (โรสาลียา น้ำใส เอ่งฉ้วน) is a social anthropologist and artist living between Berlin and Southeast Asia. She is currently working with artists and cultural actors in Southeast Asia on artistic-theoretical interventions in problem clusters of modernity that go beyond climate change and the environmental crisis. Rosalia is a 2021 Goethe-Institut Fellow at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwartskunst Berlin and one of the founders of with the rubbles, a space for collective research in Berlin.

Sarnt Utamachote (ษาณฑ์ อุตมโชติ) is a nonbinary filmmaker and curator. They are a co-founder of un.thai.tled, an artist collective from the German-Thai diaspora, with whom they curated the un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin and Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park. Their video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and their short film Soy Sauce (2020) was screened at OutFest Fusion LA, Xposed Berlin, and Queer East London 2021, among others.

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Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung @ SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

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Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Lecture Performance and Film Screening

17:30 Marianna Christofides, exercises in becoming uncertain, Exploratory reading
19:30 Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Minamata – The Victims and Their World (1971), Film screening

During the break of the two-part event, a warm soup by soyboy will be served.

In cooperation with Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme

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CiNEMA of Commoning

Symposium, Screenings, Talks

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CiNEMA of Commoning

In cooperation with Bangkok Screening Room (Bangkok), Cinema Akil (Dubai), Cinema ARTA (Cluj-Napoca), Kundura Sinema (Istanbul), Cine CCC (Santiago de Chile), Cimatheque (Cairo), Arkipel/ Forum Lenteng (Jakarta).

In 2021 bi’bak is planning a 4-day symposium titled “Cinema of Commoning” at its new space Sinema Transtopia at Haus der Statistik, Berlin-Alexanderplatz. From non-commercial cinema projects in Beirut, Lagos, Prizren, Berlin and beyond, international actors will be invited who are already involved in the development and design of a commons-oriented cinema. The symposium will bring together and further develop concepts and strategies for a sustainable cinema that is oriented towards both the local and global common good. Cinema will be discussed as an artistic and social practice, as a place of public discourse, as an agent of historical and cultural memory, and as a site to distribute film and video formats that are rarely accessible. The underlying focus is: what should and can cinema look like in order for it to represent a place of equal participation and a negotiation of diverse social relations? Namely, how can cinema become a place of commons? This question is particularly valid in a transnational society shaped by migration, with its constantly changing consumption habits and under difficult economic circumstances. Already since 2015 bi'bak has been developing a curated film and event programme that aims to give a space to transnational and non-European as well as (post-)migrant perspectives. Under the topics of “Cultural Memory”, “Transnationality”, “Collective Experience Before, After, and Beyond the Screening” and “The  Cinema Space”, the symposium offers the opportunity to take a look at the political, societal, aesthetic and social significance of a Sinema of Commoning. With discussion panels, film screenings and an accompanying publication, the symposium aims to strengthen cinema as a central site of public culture, cultural memory, and collective experience and sharing. 

Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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