From September 2020 on bi’bak will embark on a cinema experiment at Haus der Statistik.

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA explores cinema as a space for social discourse, a place for exchange and solidarity. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA brings together diverse social communities, links geographically distant and nearby places, the past, present and future, and decentres an eurocentric view through transnational, (post-) migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a transtopia, a place where “cross-border ties and connections converge, are reinterpreted and condense into everyday contexts” (Erol Yıldız). As part of the pioneering urban policy Initiative Haus der Statistik, the cinema experiment bridges the gap between everyday urban practices and film to create an alternative art form that connects different social perspectives.

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


bi'bakino is a curated film program that focuses on transnational narratives, migration and mobility discourses in film and seeks to stimulate differentiated discussions and changes of perspective. The program highlights films from outside Europe that have often not been shown in Berlin before, as well as archive excavations and rediscoveries. Following the film screenings, moderated discussions take place with filmmakers and experts.

Past event series can be found in the archive.


Curated by Eirini Fountedaki, Cornelia Lund & Holger Lund (fluctuating images), Philip Rizk and Shohreh Shakoory


Critical Conditions

Fields of action in the environmental crisis

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



Children's cinema from SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Concept by Dr. Martin Ganguly


Arriving in a new country is not easy. People speak differently and some things look different too. Are you welcome there? Are you able to find new friends? Do the neighbors like you? These films take you on a time travelling journey up to forty years ago. Many things were different back then: even leaving and arriving. But the reasons for how things are today often lie in the past.

The current SİNEMANINO program takes a look at the history of migration to the BRD and DDR by bringing together children's films from the 1970s and 1980s. The films address the difficulty of arrival in previously unknown countries and show how children and their friends sometimes have to struggle with prejudice and resentment in everyday life. 

SİNEMANINO is the new children's program by SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA and is aimed at both adults and children. Starting at 3pm each Saturday at SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, the program is moderated by Martin Ganguly. It is suitable for children from 8 years and up.

Cinema visits in the mornings for school classes:

Although today almost every fourth person in Germany is attributed with a so-called "migration background," migration history as part of German history is often only available as family knowledge; it is given little consideration in public discourse or school curricula. We want to change that! Therefore, we also offer film events individually or as a series in the mornings for school classes. 

If you would like to come to the cinema with your class, please write to us: info@bi-bak.de.

Funded by the Programm NEUSTART of the Bundesverband Soziokultur in the section kulturelle und soziokulturelle Programmarbeit.

Dr. Martin Ganguly is a university lecturer in teacher training (HVD/TU Berlin) as well as an author and teacher in both (film) pedagogy and artistic fields in Germany and abroad. As a film educator he leads the school project in the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to his teaching degree, he is a doctor of educational science and completed studies in directing and acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna.

To the events


Stories, continued

Films with absent protagonists, after the GDR, after 1990

Curated by Anna Zett and Philipp Goll



Film programme and discussions with a focus on Belarus

Curated by Marina Naprushkina and Agnieszka Kilian


To the archive


Director Vojtech Jasný BRD 1976

95 Min., 16mm, OV

Followed by a talk with Zoran Terzić

Fluchtversuch (Escape Attempt)

Twelve-year-old Ivo Goran has come to Vienna from Yugoslavia with his parents. His father and siblings found work here. Since his mother left for Yugoslavia, Ivo's duties also include taking care of the household. Daily nagging and insults from the neighbors and arguments with the other children leave Ivo feeling all alone in the big city. He dreams of home, so one day he simply decides to run away. An exciting road movie set on the former "guest-worker route".

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Zoran Terzić, author and musician, born in Banja Luka, originally studied fine arts in New York, then devoted himself to writing. His dissertation Kunst des Nationalismus examines the role of cultural workers in the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Terzić is co-founder of the literary combo POEM, which has been touring Germany since 2019. https://www.diaphanes.net/person/zoran-terzi-2590

Director Hannelore Unterberg GDR 1983

67 Min., OV

Isabel auf der Treppe (Isabel On The Stairs)

The singer Rosita Perez and her twelve-year-old daughter Isabel fled from Chile to the DDR. When they arrived six years ago, their neighbors Margot and Dieter Kunze supported them, but their relationship has long since fallen asleep. Rosita has a job and contact with other Chileans, but she feels lonely. Isabel is often found sitting on the stairs, afraid that the postman might deliver news of her father's death from Chile. Meeting on the stairs over the years, Philipp, the Kunzes' son, and Isabel develop their childhood friendship into a cautious love.

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Director Thomas Draeger BRD 1979

82 Min., 16mm, OV


Metin and Anne are the same age. Anne moves into the front apartment block and meets Metin, who lives in the back apartment block. They don't speak the same language, but through curiosity they quickly become familiar to one another. Together, Metin and Anne explore Berlin. In the process, they notice that the people around them have a hard time with their friendship. They have to stand up to prejudice and resentment. A bilingual film by Thomas Draeger, Metin is aimed equally at adults and children.

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