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Director Rosalia Namsai Engchuan and Nontawat Numbenchapol

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Followed by a talk with Nontawat Numbenchapol

Soil Without Land + Complicated Happiness

Director: Nontawat Numbenchapol, Thailand 2019, 80 Min.

After fleeing the fighting between Burmese forces and the Shan minority, Jai Sang Lod arrives with his family in 2001 in a camp on the Thai border. There, he does his military service with the Shan State Army in order to obtain an identity card and state recognition. Against the backdrop of the conflicts between the Shan and Myanmar, Soil Without Land deals with the construction of masculinity in the military.

Director: Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, Germany/Thailand 2020, 30 Min.

The supporting film Complicated Happiness shows the Thai community in Berlin against the background of colonial entanglements and sexual power relations. The film, created as a point of contact and in cooperation with the Thaipark community, deals with the notion of female power and the participation in a historiography that is mostly dominated by men.

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Nontawat Numbenchapol is a Thai film director and screenwriter, who is widely recognized for his documentary works. He has frequently collaborated on Cannes Palm d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s works. His films were screened at Berlinale, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. His film By the River (2013) became the first Thai film to receive the Special Mention award from the Locarno International Film Festival.

Director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Thailand 2018

105 Min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Koen de Rooij

Manta Ray

In a small Thai fishing village, a fisherman finds an unconscious, mute man; probably one of the many Rohinya refugees from Myanmar. The fisherman takes him home and gives him the name Thongchai. A few days later the fisherman disappears and Thongchai starts to take over his life, his home and his job. Instead of reproducing the usual media narratives about Rohingya refugees, the film portrays the complex dimensions and negotiations of power in everyday life.

After the screening there will be a discussion + Closing Party with southern Thai food

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Koen de Rooij is a film programmer specialised in East and South-East Asian cinema, and a part of the IFFR Short Film selection committee since 2017. His main interest lies in the continuing influences of national borders, migration and the colonial past. He holds MA degrees in Asian Studies and Media Studies from Leiden University.

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Followed by a talk with Monira Al Qadiri

Body, Identity, Performance: Films by Tao Hui and Monira Al Qadiri

谈身体 Talk About Body
Tao Hui, China 2013, 4 Min.

德黑兰的黄昏 The Dusk of Tehran
Tao Hui, China 2014, 4 Min.

演技教程 The Acting Tutorial
Tao Hui, China 2015, 19 Min.

我们共同的形象 Joint Images
Tao Hui, China 2016, 15 Min.

Wa Waila (Oh Torment)
Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2008, 10 Min.

Rumors of Affluence
Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2012,​ 4 Min.

Abu Athiyya (Father of Pain)
Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2013, 6 Min.

Monira Al Qadiri, Kuwait 2014,​ 8 Min.

In the video work Talk About Body, Tao sits in a bedroom, wearing a hijab, and as the title suggests, talks about his body. The Dusk of Tehran is a Persian actress' reenactment of the speech that the Hong Kong pop star Anita Mui gave at her final concert. The Acting Tutorial brings together amateur actors for a rehearsal of extreme situations. Joint Images shows a live synchronization of ten randomly selected TV clips, posing questions about the relationship between mass media and acting. Wa Waila (Oh Torment) is a surreal music video based on an old Kuwaiti folk song, where the artist plays the part of the male main singer. Rumors of Affluence addresses the long history of corruption and wealth in Kuwait by tracing the rumors about the stock market crash in the early 1980s up to more recent scandals. Abu Athiyya is a music video based on a lamentation song performed by the southern Iraqi singer Yas Khodhor. Here, Al Qadiri plays the role of the singer, as well as performing a knife-dancing ritual. SOAP juxtaposes the TV soap operas with the migrant workers who are cleaning the luxurious villas the main characters are living in.

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Monira Al Qadiri is a Berlin based Kuwaiti artist born in Senegal. She received a PhD in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where she researched the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle East in poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, and the legacies of corruption.

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Followed by a talk with Sholeh Zahraei and Kamil Saldun

Family, Border, Separation: Films by Liang Ying and Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun

九月二十八日·晴 A Sunny Day
Liang Ying, Fiction, Netherlands/Hong Kong 2016, 25 Min.

 妈妈的口供 I Have Nothing To Say
Liang Ying, Hong Kong/Taiwan 2017, 25 Min.

Granny's Garden
Sholeh Zahraei/Kamil Saldun, Cyprus/Iran 2012, 5 Min.

Letters To Cyprus
Sholeh Zahraei/Kamil Saldun, Cyprus 2014, 22 Min.

Celluloid Me
Sholeh Zahraei/Kamil Saldun, Cyprus/Iran 2014, 3 Min.

The Olive Tree At The Border
Sholeh Zahraei/Kamil Saldun, Cyprus 2014, 6 Min.

This short film programme focuses on exile, separation and family dispersed over borders. In A Sunny Day a young woman visits her father in his Hong Kong flat. She has not seen him for a while and tries to have lunch with him before the Umbrella Movement reaches a critical juncture. In I Have Nothing To Say,a Chinese mother meets with her exiled daughter from Hong Kong. Drawing from his personal experience living in exile, the director Liang Ying tells their moving story, subtly depicting the political dilemma of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Granny's Garden shows a young man in his final hour, having flashbacks to his granny's garden where there was life, love, nature and hope. Letters To Cyprus isbased on the pen-friendship that the mother of one of the directors maintained during the war in 1974.After 42 years of waiting for peace, a Cypriot woman returns back to the home that she was previously forced to leave. Celluloid Me is a poetic film about abandoning a body, transforming into other bodies and the desire to become one with water, nature and celluloid. The Olive Tree At The Border is areflection on Cyprus, nature, division, and a man who goes beyond borders.

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Sholeh Zahraei was born in Tehran, grew up in Berlin, and studied in Amsterdam and Cyprus. Sholeh has worked with directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Bahram Beyzaie, and Derviş Zaim. In 2016, she participated in Berlinale Talents as a writer and director. Since 2011, she has made several experimental, fiction, and documentary shorts, music videos and TV ads with Kamil Saldun.

Kamil Saldun was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. He graduated at Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta. Since 2013 Kamil has been working as a film editor. Sholeh and Kamil were selected to participate in a filmmaking
workshop mentored by Abbas Kiarostami and are part of the Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection.

Director Helga Reidemeister BRD 1978

121 Min., OV

Von wegen “Schicksal”

“Besides, this is bullshit anyway!” After twenty years of marriage, Irene Rakowitz divorces her husband who lives a few floors down. She fights for self-determination and hurls at her daughter: “We raise kids, we run a huge household, we serve the man. For nothing! And when we’re divorced, then it’s zilch, nothing! When I work as a housemaid, I’m doing the same work. Here, I am a housemaid for nothing!” Helga Reidemeister, who worked as a social worker on site at Märkisches Viertel, is involved with the difficult search for independence. Mostly standing in solidarity to Irene, she is, however, sometimes also antagonistic to her. The question that remains outstanding: “Okay, I got divorced, I have my freedom. So what can I do with it now?”

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Current Series

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

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.

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 in 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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Curated by Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova


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

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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Film Workshop with Pimpaka Towira and un.thai.tled collective in cooperation with bi’bak

Workshop Leaders Pimpaka Towira



Cinematic practice can offer an opportunity to address hopes and fears that are not easy to put into words. The workshop provides young people of color with the necessary technical and methodological basic knowledge in the areas of story development, public pitching, production preparation, production and post-production to enable them to critically examine their own stories and experiences in film. The production of the four short films created during the workshop will be intensively supervised and developed together with the mentors to potentially circulate at film festivals. The aim of the workshop is to increase the visibility of PoC filmmakers and to enable future generations to enter the world of filmmaking. The four short films will be shown at the un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021 in Berlin.

The workshop will be led by Pimpaka Towira. Pimpaka was one of the first Thai filmmakers whose films were internationally successful. She served as a jury at international film festivals and was awarded the Silpathorn Award of the Thai Ministry of Culture in 2009. Her film The Island Funeral (2015) won the Best Asian Future Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Since 2019, Pimpaka has been a mentor of the Deep South Young Filmmakers initiative supported by the Thai Ministry of Culture, through which young filmmakers from the conflict region in southern Thailand can produce their debut films.

Supported by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Purin Pictures and Goethe-Institut Thailand


Curated by LaborBerlin e.V.

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.

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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Curated by Sarnt Utamachote and Rosalia Namsai Engchuan

un.thai.tled FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN 2020

"Thai" identity has become a kind of hyperreality. For decades, images about Thailand have been circulated and reproduced. These images have become, for many people (also for many Thais) overwhelming and internalized as a part of their identities. As these images of promiscuous women and desexualised men are normalized, the Thai people behind such stereotypes are rendered invisible. The un.thai.tled Film Festival aims to look beyond these one-dimensional, superficial representations and asks the questions: how can we critically deconstruct these reproduced stereotypes? What kind of images appear in the films of Thai filmmakers themselves? This film programme - a mixture of documentaries, poetry and fiction - will delve beyond the surface to offer different insights into Thailand. These hybrid films convey the social experience and lived social realities in Thailand and in the diaspora. 

un.thai.tled is a collective of Thai/diasporic creatives in Germany, which stands against misunderstanding, stereotypes and ignorance within the public discourses in the west and encourages socio-cultural exchanges. un.thai.tled gathers artists and creatives from Thailand or with Thai diasporic background and curates film and cultural programmes that critically untangle the stereotypes and support political engagements. 

Funded by Stiftung Nord-Süd Brücken aus Mitteln der LEZ

Rosalia Namsai Engchuan is a social anthropologist, filmmaker and curator working with audio visual media creators in Southeast Asia. Currently she is being promoted at Max Planck Institut for Social Anthropology with a dissertation on cinematic practices as collective worldmaking. In her video works, she sees film as a method to uncover and overcome invisible structures. Her works have been exhibited in many international film festivals.

Sarnt Utamachote was born in Bangkok in 1992 and has lived in Berlin since 2015. As a filmmaker, he attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of social issues and search for the humans behind the surface. He works as a screenwriter, director and editor of many short films and music videos, as well as working in the field of audiovisual media. On top of this, he also curates exhibitions and many events.

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Curated by Popo Fan

How Can We See (each other)?

Historically, the main routes of the Silk Road connected China with Central and West Asia, up to North Africa. These cross-borders exchanges went beyond the economic transfer of goods, transporting and thus influencing the cultures along with it too.

The film series How Can We See (each other)? searches beyond eurocentrism for (pop)cultural, social and political connections of an “East-East referencing” and takes a look at transcultural relations among these regions. By pairing filmmakers from different areas, we hope to create a form of transnational dialogue between artists and filmmakers. From Hong Kong to Cairo, Urumchi to Kobanê, and Beijing to a small village in Morocco, the films performatively cross gender boundaries and national affiliations. Through "cultural drag", reenactments and other transgressive strategies, the films open up a space in which cultural identity can be conceptualised in new ways, beyond questions of potential differences and commonalities. The programme contributes to an understanding of a political resistance that equally reflects the power of cultural, national, ethnic and gender categories and imagines their dissolution.

Community Partners:
Wir für Hongkong

Special Thanks:
Kurdish Film Festival Berlin
Times Art Center
Videoart at Midnight
Michael Dreyer

Popo Fan, born 1985, is a Berlin-based Chinese diaspora filmmaker, curator and writer. Hisfilms include queer activism documentaries and scripted, sex-positive shorts. For more than a decade, he has organized the Beijing Queer Film Festival and founded the Queer University Video Training Camp in China. In 2019 he curated film series “More Than A Midnight Rainbow” about Chinese-made and Chinese-speaking queer films at bi’bak.

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Curated by Kaspar Aebi

Accounting the Household!

From the 1900s, Berlin was the largest industrial location in Germany. Yet behind the visible work in the factories lay the invisible work at home. Cooking, caring, cleaning, educating, sex - or as Silvia Federici and Nicole Cox wrote in 1975: “Housework, in fact, is much more than house cleaning. It is servicing the wage earner physically, emotionally, sexually, getting him ready to work day after day for the wage.” Accounting the Household! takes a look at homes, bedrooms and kitchens in the industrial northwest of Berlin. The films show care work and reproductive work between economic coercion and refusal, domestic community and abandonment, children and childlessness, marriage, divorce and social retreat, entangled in dependencies, resistance and social expectations. A special focus is on the years of change from the early sixties to the eighties. After industrial work had dominated everyday life in the north of West Berlin for almost a century, the region's largest employers closed their plants within just twenty years following the construction of the Berlin Wall. What happens to the “servicing of the wage earner” in a time of great uncertainty, between mass layoffs and the construction of the Wall, against the backdrop of the emerging Second Wave Feminism?

Funded by Aktionsfonds QM Soldinerstr

Kaspar Aebi is a film and media studies scholar, curator and author. His main interests are pop culture, architecture, documentary and experimental filmmaking.

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Caravan, Kargo, car parade

Things, people and images in motion

By Florian Höhr and Ulrike Melsbach

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 Erika Mann Grundschule
Funded by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

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Analogue Film Workshop

Workshop Leaders Svenja Schulte and Dennis Vetter


Cinema, whether analogue or digital, historical or brand new, is undeniably part of social reality. Yet, it is only as political, as conservative, as progressive as those who shape the films, the venues, and ultimately the film industry itself. To approach cinema critically, we therefore need to look at its films and images that already exist. This can mean altering the images, placing them in a new context or even sabotaging them.

In the "Experiment: Film" workshop, we therefore invite you to join us in questioning internationally popular images of US cinema in a practical way. We want to take a closer look at blockbuster films of the past decades by looking at their trailers on analogue film reels, by playing with them, editing them, and changing their form. With scratching tools, paint,  and adhesive tape we want to probe and poke, to scrutinize and dissect. Using this found film material, completely new short films will ultimately be created. "Experiment: Film" is aimed at all those who perceive images as political. No previous knowledge of analogue film is required.

Workshop times: Friday: 20:00 - 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 - 18:00.

Register by 25.10.2020 through the form here. 
The number of participants is limited to 15. 

Ein Projekt from bi’bakwerk in cooperation with MiK Jugendkunstschule Berlin Mitte.
Funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.

More Event times:

  • 30.10.2020 (20:00) - 30.10.2020 (23:00)
  • 31.10.2020 (11:00) - 31.10.2020 (18:00)
  • 01.11.2020 (11:00) - 01.11.2020 (18:00)