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Director Arafat Mazhar

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Followed by a talk with Arafat Mazhar

City of Smile + Swipe

The screenings are followed by a talk with the director, Arafat Mazhar.

Shehr-e-Tabassum (City of Smile)

Director: Arafat Mazhar, Pakistan 2020, 9 min., OmeU

The year is 2071. Pakistan's Great Leader has transitioned the country into an era of peace, stability, and prosperity after a civil war which lasted three decades. There has been no war or violence in almost twenty years. The cost for this new-found peace: constant surveillance, and a world in which the only expression citizens are allowed is - a smile.


Director: Arafat Mazhar, Pakistan, 2020, 5 min., OmeU

Follow a 12 year-old boy as he navigates an unnamed city in a Muslim country, addicted to crowdsourcing fatwas (Islamic legal opinions) of death.

Arafat Mazhar is a researcher and civil society activist from Pakistan. He is the founder of Shehri, a citizen's NGO, and the head of Puffball Studios, an animation and design studio. Arafat first made his foray into animation by creating short online videos promoting civic and legal literacy, which lead to the creation of his own studio. Puffbal debuted in February 2020 with Pakistan's first-ever animated cyberpunk short film.

Current Series


Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

By Can Sungu and Malve Lippmann


From November 27 2019 to April 5 2020, BITTER THINGS - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families is shown in the Hisorisches Museum Frankfurt as part of the exhibition Kein Leben von der Stange .

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 . A booklet with selected texts in German and photographs of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Concept and Artistic Direction: Malve Lippmann, Can Sungu
Exhibition Design: Malve Lippmann
Editing, Research: Maike Suhr

A project by bi’bak in cooperation with Historisches Museum Frankfurt.

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Cooperation partners 140journos

By Çağdaş Erdoğan

From Almanya With Love

bi’bak is partnering up with Turkey’s most popular ‘counter-media’ channel 140journos for the short-film series Almanya’dan Sevgiler | From Almanya With Love. The series features six mini-documentaries directed by Çağdaş Erdoğan, focusing on a diverse range of stories of migration from Turkey to Germany.

Turbulent politics has played a major role in shaping transnational migration patterns between Turkey and Germany throughout the last century. After 1961, thousands of Gastarbeiters came to Germany in order to build up the post-war economy, forming the hitherto largest ethnic minority group. Violent ideological clashes in the 1970’s or oppressive politics in the 90’s in Turkey resulted in numerous, mostly leftist and Kurdish asylum seekers coming to Germany. Today, a new wave of migrants from Turkey are settling mainly in Berlin. These journalists, artists, academics and other young professionals are escaping ongoing persecution and seeking for a better future. In his films, Çağdaş Erdoğan investigates a diverse selection of backgrounds and stories of migration from Turkey to Germany and brings to light counter-narratives against dominant stereotypes.

Çağdaş Erdoğan is a photographer and artist born in 1992 in Eastern Turkey. As a photojournalist, his work focuses on minorities in the Middle East. His works have been  published in world-leading newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Stern, The British Journal of Photography, The Times, The Guardian, İz Magazine and many others. He was selected among the ‘Ones to Watch in 2017’ by The British Journal of Photography. His first photobook titled Control was published Akina Books. He works with the video collective 140journos. He has held a fellowship at bi’bak since October 2019.

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OUTERNATIONALE: Stars from Outer Space

In 2020, bi’bakaudio's OUTERNATIONALE project will be devoted to the concept of so-called Outernational Music, a counterposition to 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 concept Outernational Music turns to sound productions that are received and celebrated in cross-border geographies far away from the Western music market. Outernational Music is neither mainstream nor underground; it is multilingual and influenced by diverse musical traditions and cultures. It even leaves behind concepts such as hybridity, which ultimately derive from dichotomous distinctions. The first series Stars from Outer Space presents selected international stars and their artistic creations and biographies in conversation with experts. Venturing beyond cultural or linguistic barriers, we begin a project of collective musicological research.

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A travel cookbook about the walk of the tiger into the surrounding area of ​​Berlin in search of an answer, as the food comes on the plate.

Workshop Leaders Tuna Arkun and Heather Purcell

The tiger comes to table

Now it's about the sausage! That's what the tiger thought when, for the first time in his life, he saw the meat packed into such small shiny packets. Odor-proof and sterile. He wouldn’t have been able to tell whether it contained pork neck, venison breast or a juicy piece of antelope, if the saleswoman had not shown him the animal symbols on the package. The lady could not say how many animals had found a place in this refrigerator, or where they had come from. Also to the man, who was eating lunch at the meat counter it didn’t really matter, how the sausage came onto his plate. But the tiger knew these animals, with four legs, two ears and a tail, and he was a passionate carnivore. He decided to set off to find the animals that would later become these schnitzels.

Meat and other animal products are present every day in all our meals, but not everyone would appreciate a Sunday visit in a slaughterhouse. We find animals cute, but the stench in the steel is rather uncomfortable. That the schnitzel was an animal is not anymore obvious to everyone. Even more tragic is the fact that the meat is so cheap that we throw it away without hesitation if we do not eat it. 

Meat is valuable to us, because it means the life of an animal. We want to learn more about the history of our food and to see where the animals to which we owe our food live. With our self-bound sketchbooks, we visit various farms around Berlin, inform ourselves about how milk and meat are produced, and draw, ask, taste and cook delicious recipes. As a final product, we want to design a book in which we summarize our image and text research. The book will have the character of a diary documenting the journey of the tiger to the outskirts of Berlin as he visits the places where animals live, complemented by our delicious recipes.

In cooperation with the MIK - Jugendkunstschule Mitte and the Humboldthain Elementary School

Funded by Projekt Jugend ins Zentrum! der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren im Rahmen des Programms Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.



A holiday workshop with children aged 8-12 years in cooperation with the Erika Mann Primary School

Workshop Leaders Svenja Schulte and Dennis Vetter

Experiment Film

You are invited to an experimental film workshop, in which we will learn to understand cinema through a playful examination of real 35mm film material: How is the image we see actually formed? What influence does light have? Can you really cut film? And what part does sound have to play in film?

Even without a camera or screenplay, we can all become filmmakers: with brushes and scissors, we approach existing film material to create vivid colors, shapes and new relationships on the screen.

 During the course of a 4-day workshop, we will dive into the world of analog film. The children grapple with the film material in a playful and experimental way and learn how film is created by light, cut and sound. Analog film trailers are cut up and glued together again or painted with color. The results are viewed in between with a projector to understand what we are able to create, with the help of film and light. We feel the images, and in the second stage, start to think collectively about which tones could accompany them, which music we want to add in live. 

 After the workshop, the results will be presented in a film screening in bi’bak, to which children, friends, family and neighbors will be invited. Each child also receives a DVD with the digital film versions.

A bi’bakwerk project in cooperation with Erika Mann Primary School

Funded by the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education and the Berlin District Office


Caravan, Kargo, car parade

Things, people and images in motion

By Anna Faroqui and Haim Peretz

Caravan, Kargo, car parade

More than ever before in history, our world is determined by mobility: Whether for work, tourism or forced by wars and conflicts, people around the world are on the move. However, who is allowed and who is not allowed to travel is unequally regulated.  Terminology, words like “expat”, “tourist” or “migrant, ”differentiates between who has a right to mobility and who does not. A closer look also makes it clear within the city: Mobility is not a matter of course, but depends on income, residence status and physical requirements. Completely different rules apply to human travelers in the world of things and goods, which can often move freely from one place to another in global trade networks. In contrast to the tedious and risky beginnings of world trade in caravans, millions of goods and goods are in motion around the world today. 

In two 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, the young people will develop scenes that they then be process in animations. After all, what better way to tell about mobility than with “moving” images? We are inspired by the origins of the 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. The youngsters experiment with these old moving-image devices and finally present their animations in a public exhibition. 

A bi’bakwerk project in cooperation with the MiK Youth Art School Berlin Mitte and the Theodor Heuss School
Funded by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

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