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Followed by a talk with Ekaterina Borisova and Yuriy Gurzhy

Yanka Dyagileva

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Yana “Yanka” Dyagileva (1966 - 1991) is a well-known Russian singer/songwriter. Born in Novosibirsk (Siberia) she was never in showbiz but was (and still is) a true underground rock icon in Russia. Based on punk, psychedelic rock and Russian folk and poetical traditions, her songs deal with themes of despair, depression and nihilism. At the age of 25 she drowned in the Inja river near Novosibirisk. Her legacy of 30+ songs and a few verses only became known in Russia after her death, but these songs are deeply loved and widely covered by many people – Massive Attack among them. Songs that are full of emotions and genuine beauty and can touch every soul.

Ekaterina Borisova is a music journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Since the mid-80s she has been writing articles on rock music for Russian magazines and newspapers, whilst remaining a major fan and developing a deep knowledge about the Russian underground rock scene. She’s also the author of several books – two books about Yanka Dyagileva among them, issued and reissued between 1998 - 2005.

Yuriy Gurzhy was born in the Ukraine and lives in Berlin. He is a musician, songwriter, DJ and producer and is known for his work with RotFront, Shtetl Superstars and The Disorientalists as well as his party series Russendisko, Born in UA and Disko Kosmopolit.

Director Michel K. Zongo Burkina Faso/Germany 2019

90 Min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Malve Lippmann and Michel K. Zongo

No Gold for Kalsaka

When the government of Burkina Faso started to issue mining permits in 2000, gold fever struck. The people of Kalsaka were promised mountains of gold: jobs for the villagers, scholarships for their children, money for the government coffers, and development aid for the next 10 years. But six years later, these promises rang hollow as the mountains of gold were simply taken away, leaving them with nothing but polluted land. Through the interweaving of fictional and documentary elements, No Gold for Kalsaka reinterprets the tale of good and evil so familiarly depicted in the Western. References to West African griot traditions, cowboys and Ennio Morricone's film music create a Wild-West-like world caught up in the gold rush.

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Michel K. Zongo, born in 1974 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, is a director, cameraman and scriptwriter. From 2003 to 2008, he was responsible for the Interactive Debate-Cinema at Cinomade, an association based in Burkina Faso whose objective is to create and distribute tools to increase awareness, notably through the cinema.

Director Kulikar Sotho/Anysay Keola/Sai Naw Kham/Anocha Suwichakornpong/Pham Ngoc Lân Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/Thailand/Vietnam 2020

94 Min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Sarnt Utamachote and Pham Ngoc Lân

Mekong 2030

In the 1970s, paramilitary governments in Southeast Asia initiated geopolitically-motivated privatizations along the Mekong. The resulting environmental damage robbed local communities of their resources and sparked interregional conflicts. The ecological imbalances affected both the rural population and the metropolitan areas, forcing them to rethink their needs and reorient their production practices. Mekong 2030 is an anthology of five collaboratively-produced short films (Soul River, The Che Brother, The Forgotten Voices of Mekong, The Line, The Unseen River), which came out of a filmmakers' workshop with local environment activists initiated by Luang Prabang Film Festival.

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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.

Pham Ngoc Lân (*Hanoi, 1986) studied urban planning at Hanoi Architectural University. His work focuses on the influence of cityscapes on human relationships. His short films have 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.

Director Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre Mexico/USA 2006

68 Min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Vicky Funari and Pia Chakraverti-Würthwein & Eirini Fountedaki

Maquilápolis

Maquilápolis follows the story of women factory workers on the Mexican border, fighting against environmental degradation and the exploitation of their labour at the hands of U.S. and multinational companies. Carmen Durán and Lourdes Luján chronicle their struggles in video diaries, documenting their work as promotoras: community advocates for social justice. The process behind the film is especially valuable, as it actively involved the promotoras in planning, filming, and distribution, as well as the fact that it directly led to the cleanup of an abandoned factory in Chilpancingo.

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Vicky Funari is a documentary filmmaker and teacher. Her films include Paulina (1998) and Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000). Funari is committed to co-creative processes that aim to be of use to the individuals and communities represented. She is a Senior Lecturer of Visual Studies at Haverford College.

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.

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Followed by a talk with Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, Riar Rizaldi and Yeo Siew Hua

Stories from the South

Fordlandia Malaise
Susana de Sousa Dias, Portugal 2019, 40 Min.

Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings
Bo Wang/Pan Lu, China 2017, 28 Min.

An Invocation to the Earth
Yeo Siew Hua, Singapore 2020, 16 Min.

Tellurian Drama (Early Cut)
Riar Rizaldi, Indonesia 2020, 27 Min.

Stories from the South features places where the world has ended multiple times already due to colonial expansion. The short film programme explores new forms that escape hegemonic modes of thinking, knowing that we cannot solve the problems of the present within the framework that caused these issues in the first place. Fordlandia Malaise explores the aftermath of Fordlandia, a company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rainforest in 1928. Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings looks at acclimatization efforts during the expansion of the British Empire and exposes the entanglements of imperialism, scientific modes of examining the environment, and the construction of racial boundaries. An Invocation to the Earth confronts climate collapse through the lens of pre-colonial folktales and animistic rituals. Tellurian Drama, of which we will screen an early cut, looks at the material remnants of a colonial radio station in West Java to problematize the notion of decolonization, technology and the historicity of communication. 

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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.

Riar Rizaldi is a Hong Kong based Indonesian artist and amateur researcher. His main focus is on the relationship between capital and technology, extractivism, and theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at Locarno Film Festival, BFI Southbank London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others.

Yeo Siew Hua is a Singaporean director and writer. His last feature film, A Land Imagined (2018), won the Golden Leopard at the 71st Locarno Film Festival and was selected as Singapore’s entry to the 92nd Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film category.

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By Sebastian Reier aka Booty Carrell, Pamela Owusu-Brenyah aka DJ Pam Bam, Florian Sievers, Oded Erez, Kornelia Binicewicz, Mountains of Tongues, Rahman Məmmədli, Ekaterina Borisova, Yuriy Gurzhy and Can Sungu

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OUTERNATIONALE: Stars from Outer Space

The new bi’bakaudio series OUTERNATIONALE: Stars from Outer Space is devoted to the concept of Outernational Music, a counterposition to so-called “World music”. While “World music” tends to exoticize or tame music produced outside of the Western world, Outernational Music sees the distinction between Western music and World music as an extension of the colonial perspective. In contrast, the emphasis is on sound productions that are received and celebrated in cross-border geographies far away from the Western music market - neither mainstream nor underground, but multilingual and influenced by diverse musical traditions and cultures. The music talk series OUTERNATIONALE presents selected artists, along with their artistic creations and biographies, in conversation with experts. Venturing beyond cultural or linguistic barriers, we begin a project of collective musicological research.

Funded by Berliner Senat für Kultur und Europa

Ekaterina Borisova is a music journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Since the mid-80s she has been writing articles on rock music for Russian magazines and newspapers, whilst remaining a major fan and developing a deep knowledge about the Russian underground rock scene. She’s also the author of several books – two books about Yanka Dyagileva among them, issued and reissued between 1998 - 2005.

Florian Sievers is a journalist, author, and curator who loves to tell alternative stories from African urban spaces where at present a rising middle class is producing hip cultural expressions, from fashion and art to especially music. Originally a trained journalist for politics and economics, Florian researches his forward-looking stories from the mother continent on at least yearly trips to continuously new African metropolises. On a sideline during these trips Florian has also become a hobby collector of old vinyl records from Africa.

Kornelia Binicewicz is a Polish record collector, curator, DJ, and founder of Ladies on Records, a multifaceted endeavour focused on the musical legacy of women all over the world, presenting female music from the past decades. Her passion for female music brought her to Turkey where she started to explore the undiscovered world of Turkish female music scene. She curated “Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1973 - 1988” (Epic Istanbul) compilation and “Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu” compilation (Uzelli), both released on vinyl. Kornelia is currently working on a special project dedicated to female singers from Turkey from one of the Turkish label’s back catalogues.

Mountains of Tongues, founded by Ben Wheeler and Stefan Williamson-Fa, have spent the last seven years traveling across the Caucasus region making recordings and collecting examples of lesser known musical traditions. Through selected samples from their hours of field recordings, coupled with carefully curated tracks from a personal archive of collected LPs, tapes, CDs, and home VHS recordings from across the region, their live shows present a unique and vibrant take on the soundscapes and cultures of the Caucasus, highlighting the music’s diverse forms and settings and the local musicians that make all of it possible. Whether it’s lo-fi bootlegs of Azeri guitarists, the vocal gymnastics of Gurian polyphony, blaring Yezidi woodwinds at an engagement party, auto-tuned Dagestani techno, circling Chechen Sufi rituals, or vintage Yamaha synthesizers accompany songs in isolate languages, Mountains of Tongues presents music at the intersection of the modern/traditional, the participatory/presentational, and the sacred/secular.

Oded Erez (Dept. of Music, Bar-Ilan University) is a scholar of popular music and film music, working in the intersection of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and cultural studies. His work focuses on the relationship between politics and aesthetics, with an emphasis  on music in Israel and the Mediterranean. He is currently completing a book manuscript on Greek music and ethno-class politics in Israel. 

Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is a music consultant, festival organiser, and DJ, working on an enhanced visibility of contemporary African Pop culture in Germany. With her community platform AFRO x POP she regularly offers a music festival stage for rising artists of the Afro-German scene. Pamela, a studied political scientist, is based in Berlin and has family roots in Ghana. She has worked in Ghana’s capital Accra as a DJ for three years and since then has been commuting back and forth between both musical worlds.

Rahman Məmmədli was born in 1961 in the Füzüli district of Qarabağ and grew up surrounded by and immersed in the music of that region. In his childhood he had already mastered the garmon before coming across the guitar. Being deeply connected to traditional music, both muğam and aşıq music, he has managed to transpose these genres onto the electric guitar through his creation of new and distinct playing techniques. His ability to emulate the voice of classic muğam xanənde singers led to him being known as the man with ‘oxuyan barmaqlar’, (singing fingers). Along with his many solo releases on cassette, VHS, and CD he has performed with many of the greatest artists of Azerbaijan. He has performed at concerts throughout Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran and Russia. As a master musician Məmmədli continues to inspire new generations of guitarists who continue to develop a unique guitar subculture and style in Azerbaijan.

Booty Carrell is the DJ alias of Vinyl archaeologist, Golden Pudel resident and outernational deejay Sebastian Reier. Carrell does his research in the deep spaces of the vinyl universe. He likes to dig into the second wave of musical globalization.

Yuriy Gurzhy was born in the Ukraine and lives in Berlin. He is a musician, songwriter, DJ and producer and is known for his work with RotFront, Shtetl Superstars and The Disorientalists as well as his party series Russendisko, Born in UA and Disko Kosmopolit.

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Things, people and images in motion

A series of filmeducation Workshops

Cooperation partners Trickmisch, Erika Mann Grundschule, MIK

Concept by Malve Lippmann

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Things, people and images in motion

More than ever before, our world is determined by mobility: whether for professional reasons, tourism or forced by war and conflict, people around the world are on the move. However, who is allowed to travel and who is not is unequally regulated. Depending on the term "expat", "tourist" or "migrant", these concepts are used to differentiate who has a right to mobility and who does not. A closer look reveals even more that mobility is not a right accessible for all, but depends on income, one’s residence status and physical ability. And in times of Corona everything is different again.  Completely different rules apply to the world of things and goods than to human travelers, as the former are often allowed to freely move around in global trade networks without any problems. In contrast to the laborious and risky beginnings of world trade of the caravans traders, today millions of goods and commodities are on the move around the globe.

We invite you to join us in describing, illustrating and animating different forms of travel, people and things. Based on various routes, means of transport and travel destinations, we investigate all forms of mobility that transport people as well as goods and commodities from one place to another. 

In a serie of workshops, we deal with different forms of being on the road of people and things. Based on various routes, means of transport and travel occasions, we investigate forms of any kind of mobility that lead people as well as goods and goods from one place to another. 

Based on the considerations and personal experiences of the participants, we will develop scenes that they will then process in animations. After all, what better way to tell about mobility than with “moving” images? We are inspired by the origins of  film, in which the process of movement, in contrast to digital technologies, is still visible: the Zoetrop, the Thaumatrop, the Laterna Magica and the flip book. We experiment with these old moving-image devices analoge filmaterial and animations. 

Funded by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

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Curated by Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova

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ART IN DARK TIMES

The current pandemic paralysis of world societies has changed the definition of the term of ‘‘crisis’’ irreversibly, reinforcing the sense of deepening tectonic changes in relation with the inner structuring of our contemporary societies and the destruction of nature under capitalism. Yet, the appeal to the term of ‘‘crisis’’ decade has already escalated along with successive complications within the political sphere: the turbulence of state sovereignty, the unravelling of basic premises of secularisation by the hands of new and traditional ideological movements, the rise of historical revisionism erasing past crimes to open up for new ones, increasing appeal to misogyny, majoritarian politics and authoritarianism, catastrophic consequences of hyper-consumption and conversely, undeclared resurgence of human slavery. The series of talks framed as ART IN DARK TIMES will try to trace the ways in which artistic and cultural practices (curatorial projects, academic texts, activist campaigns, video and films) have been responding to these antagonising complications. Relating to the specific conflicts of their own burdened geographies, the invited guests will examine the interconnected and global character of these shifting grounds. The program of the series was conceived last autumn and adapted recently to the current pandemic circumstances.

Funded by the Bezirkskulturfonds Bezirksamt Mitte in Berlin

Erden Kosova is an art critic in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2017 he curated the exhibition "Contemporary Syndromes", which was shown in Thessaloniki, Izmir, Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2019, he was a co-organizer of the Young Curators Academy, which took place at the Maxim Gorki Theater as part of the 4th Berlin Herbst Salon. In 2019 he was also involved in the exhibition of the SIS collective "In the blink of an eye" at the nGbK. Kosova is the editor of the Istanbul online magazine red-thread.org.

Galit Eilat is an interdependent curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She developed her practice through a variety of platforms and roles as an institute director and editor of books and a magazine. Her current research trajectories are dealing with the Syndrome of the Present and Art under authoritarianism. Eilat is the recipient of Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, Bard College, 2017-18 and she is the director of Meduza Foundation since 2018.

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Curated by LaborBerlin e.V.

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Out of Focus LaborBerlin

LaborBerlin´s vitality comes from the shared interest in sustaining a collective space built around practices involving photo-chemical film. This space is constantly in flux thanks to the people who pass through it, their various perspectives, and origins. Out of Focus LaborBerlin is a film series that approaches the laboratory as a transitory place. On five evenings, the limits of the collective’s visible structure will be explored. Join us for conversations with and works by current and former members exploring themes and perspectives beyond actual analogue film-making itself.

Funded by Berliner Senats für Kultur und Europa

LaborBerlin e.V. is a self-organized space for working with film. The collective is open to anyone interested in an experimental approach to analogue film practice. LaborBerlin is a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences of film making, and provides all the tools necessary to its members.

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From optical toys to the first projector

Workshop Leaders Tuna Arkun and Charlotte Kendrick

Things, people and images in motion

What makes a film a film? What experiments had to be made with moving images before the medium of film conquered the world?  These are the questions we investigate in a playful way when we look at various optical toys such as the thaumatrope, the zoetrope and the laterna magica, or when we deal with the pioneers of film in a film presentation.  Attentive observation and plenty of creativity are required, as, under guidance, the participants can create their own optical toys and finally also a short animated story which we present on the laterna magica - and thus bring the pictures to life.

A bi’bakwerk project 
In cooperation with the Hort of Erika Mann Grundschule
Funded by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

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BITTER THINGS | LUCRURI CARE DOR | Timisoara

Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

By Malve Lippmann and Can Sungu

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BITTER THINGS | LUCRURI CARE DOR  | Timisoara

From 23 October 2020 to 04 December 2020, BITTER THINGS - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families is presented in Timisoara, Romania, as part of the Timisoara - European Capital of Culture 2021 project STATIONARY FIREPLACES organized by Prin Banat Association.

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 publication with academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives has been released. Order your copy here. A booklet with selected texts in German and photographs of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

The exhibition is accompanied by a side program including film screenings, discussions and lectures.

Funded by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

In ccoperation with TM2021, Prin Banat Association and Faber 

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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

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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Curated by Özge Calafato

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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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