How can a new kind of cinema be collectively created within a transnational society? SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, the cinema-experiment by bi’bak, explores cinema as a space of social discourse, exchange, and solidarity. The curated film series brings together diverse social communities and connects places both near and geographically distant; it links pasts, presents and futures and moves away from a eurocentric gaze towards transnational, (post-)migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a different kind of cinema, one simultaneously committed to local and international communities, that understands cinema as an important public sphere of sociality; it considers film history as crucial to the work of cultural memory and is committed to a diversity of film culture and film art. In Haus der Statistik at Berlin-Alexanderplatz, SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA builds a bridge between urban practice and film to create a space that opens access, stimulates discussion, educates, moves, provokes and encourages. 

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is funded by Haupstadtkulturfonds, Conrad Stiftung and the Programm NEUSTART KULTUR

Past event series can be found in the archive.



Children's cinema from SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Concept by Malve Lippmann and Dr. Martin Ganguly


Common Cold

un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote and Rosalia Namsai Engchuan


Sounding Womanhood

Feminist Gestures in Film

Curated by Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein & Eirini Fountedaki


To the archive


OV with English subs

Common Ground Presents: Precarities of Migrant Work

Migrant laborers’ lives are permeated with struggles hidden in plain sight: from small but deeply alienating misunderstandings to brutal exploitation. Their precarity is a web of mutually reinforcing vulnerabilities that can be traced back to systemic forms of oppression. This film and performance program presents irregular ways of narrating such experiences⁠ — all of which are different⁠, yet inextricably linked. It draws attention to critical conditions and inner lives of real and fictional migrant laborers via an intimate and empathetic look.

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Following the screening of four short films, Brazilian artist Laura Carvalho will present LAURA AkiÓ-> Pützfrau_trucke⁠a live interactive performance that reflects her experience as an immigrant domestic worker in Berlin while drawing a parallel between the artist and domestic worker.

The one-night program at the cinema will be expanded with What's my Line?, a series of experimental videos by Sugano Matsusaki and Pegah Kashmirshekan, which will be projected on Sinema Transtopia’s window screen from March 29th to April 3rd. 

The program is part of Common Ground Presents, a series of events curated by Lisa Hoffmann and Adela Lovric, members of the initiative Common Ground at the Berlin University of the Arts. 


Raphaël Grisey/Kàddu Yaraax, France/Senegal/Norway 2017, 27 min.

Radio Ghetto Relay
Alessandra Ferrini, Italy 2016, 16 min.

Agua Viva
Alexa Lim Haas, USA 2018, 7 min.

Blue Boy 
Manuel Abramovich, Argentina/Germany 2019, 19 min.