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Video-Installation on the Facade, Isaac Chong Wai, Hong Kong/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany 2014, 11 Min.

The Silent Wall – Berlin

The video The Silent Wall – Berlin depicts Chong trying to cover the bullet holes from the second world war on a wall in Berlin, recalling the quota of bullets the soldiers had to shoot daily. To not have to shoot at people, some shot the same wall over and over again. In the video, the sound of the city falls into silence gradually. Tuning out the noise of the city, the silence leads us to a gentle intervention into a confounding history of pain.  

Kurartiert von Popo Fan
The installation will be shown every evening from 19:00 to 00:00 at the facade of Sinema Transtopia.


Isaac Chong Wai graduated from Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University with a BA in Visual Arts and Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany, with a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies. He engages themes of collectivism and individualism, geopolitics, migration, historical trauma, identity politics and public sphere. These themes are explored through range of media, including performance, installation, painting, video, photography and multimedia. He works and lives in Berlin and Hong Kong.

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  • 02.12.2021 17:00
  • 03.12.2021 17:00
  • 04.12.2021 17:00
  • 05.12.2021 17:00
  • 06.12.2021 17:00
  • 07.12.2021 17:00
  • 08.12.2021 17:00

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Followed by a talk with Mattie Do

Walk on the Wild Side

ບໍ່ມີວັນຈາກ The Long Walk
Mattie Do, Laos 2019, 116 min.

Trigger Warning: family abuse, corpses and gore

Set in rural Laos, the sci-fi thriller The Long Walk is a powerful critique of the violence enacted by so-called progress narratives and the sharp boundaries that exist between modern technology and traditional shamanic beliefs. The intertwined story – about a time-travelling killer, an innocent boy, and the company of ghosts – gives us a lesson on how generational trauma is cyclical.

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Mattie Do was born to Laotian refugees and raised in Los Angeles. She returned to Laos to help the government create the infrastructure necessary to bring foreign co-productions to Laos. Her debut film Chanthaly (2012) was the first Laotian film to screen outside of Southeast Asia. Her second film Dearest Sister (2016) was Laos’ first submission for Best International Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

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Followed by a talk with Sopheap Chea

Afterlife of Cinema

Le sommeil d'or Golden Slumbers
ដេវី ជូ Davy Chou, Cambodia/France 2011, 96 min. 

Davy Chou’s Golden Slumbers is one for cinema lovers. It is a film which shows how deeply political conditions shape the ups and downs of the movie industry in Cambodia, but also sheds light on the possibility of survival through the lens of the Khmer diaspora. Through conversations with its surviving actors, the film is a nostalgic longing for a time when the Cambodian film industry was flourishing.

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Sopheap Chea (សុភាព ជា) was born in 1984 in Cambodia and grew up with a family who went through the Khmer Rouge regime. He works as Executive Director at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center. The Center was founded by internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh and Ieu Pannakar, former Senator and Minister of the Royal Palace. It aims to preserve the visual memory of Cambodia’s past, providing young Cambodians (from Khmer and ethnic minorities) with vocational training and cinematographic skills. The Center has launched a series of documentary projects focusing on the Cambodian indigenous women, and Khmer Rouge survivors.

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Followed by a talk with Truong Minh Quý

Doing Homework

Nhà Cây The Tree House
Truong Minh Quý, Vietnam/Singapore 2019, 84 min.

This sci-fi documentary, set on Mars in the year 2045, is a window into the lives of the Ruc, Kor and Hmong ethnic minorities. The filmmaker interweaves personal memories and longings with historical footage filmed by American soldiers during the American War in Vietnam. Amidst the visual layers the question about the violence of representation of the other emerges. In the end, The Tree House becomes a meditation on the possibility of re-constructing a collective home.

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Truong Minh Quý was born in Buon Ma Thuot, a small city in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. His short and feature films have been selected for international film festivals and exhibitions such as the Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, IFFR, and Busan Film Festival. He won the main Art Prize at the 20th VideoBrasil in 2017.

Director Narges Kalhor Germany 2019

76 Min., OV with English subs

In the Name of Scheherazade oder der erste Biergarten in Teheran

With a video message from Narges Kalhor

“Just let him know you have a new idea, something about your homeland, something political,” is the advice offered by a friend to filmmaker Narges Kalhor, who is trying to complete her graduation film. Her despair about the project is due to the input of the white male commissioning editor whose comments in voiceover keep interrupting the film. As he puts it, he would like the film to be closer to the audience’s usual “viewing habits”, demanding that “stories from the homeland” be included here and there, as well as images of refugees or “something not so complicated”. The resulting film is many films in one, with the viewers becoming witnesses to the editorial process along the way. With a joyful sense of anarchy and plenty of humour, Kalhor combines a range of different stories to create a mockumentary, which doesn’t ultimately take the editor’s comments so seriously after all.

Narges Kalhor, born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran. She studied directing and visual communication. In 2009, she applied for political asylum in Germany while in the country for a festival. Her graduation film In the Name of Scheherazade premiered at the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon and was awarded the Goethe Institut’s prize for best documentary film at DOK Leipzig.

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Current Series

Sinema +++

Cinema beyond the Screen

Sinema +++

In cooperation with Azin Feizabadi, Jan Kulka, Anja Dornieden, Juan David Gonzales Monroy, Ming Poon und Darunee Terdtoontaveedej

SİNEMA+++ expands the spatial possibilities of cinema beyond the screen and explores its artistic and social potential. What is the relationship between the screen and the theatre, the cinematic images and the bodies in the space? How can newly developed projectors, expansive cinematic experiences and alternative forms of social exchange explore the relationship between film image and the bodies on and in front of the screen?  The event series SİNEMA+++ invites artistic projects to experiment with cinema experiences and develop crossover formats that examine the intersections of film, education, and performance.

Finded by Bezirkskulturfonds Mitte

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Common Cold

un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021

Curated by Sarnt Utamachote and Rosalia Namsai Engchuan

Common Cold

Social inequality, environmentally destructive extractivism and the violent reverberations of colonial nation-building are the constituent ingredients of dictatorial power regimes. They manifest from national boundaries established during the colonial era – an externally imposed structure that traumatized land, body, mind and spirit in numerous places. The selected films, lifted from both archives and contemporary sources, focus on Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia against the backdrop of the Cold War and its aftermath. In a reparative gesture, the film selection of Common Cold – un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021 is not organized along such violent and confining categories, but follows traces and entanglements that transcend national and geographic boundaries to raise questions regarding the bearing of responsibility for colonial damage in the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia. ​​As such, not only films from the region will be shown but ones produced in Europe which offer diverse, diasporic perspectives.

un.thai.tled brings together artists and creatives from Thailand and those with a Thai diasporic background. The collective curates cinema and cultural events in which stereotypes concerning Thailand and Southeast Asia are broken. un.thai.tled stands for resistance against invisibility but also against labels and external classifications.

Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Stiftung Nord-Süd Brücken and Goethe Institut Thailand

Rosalia Namsai Engchuan (โรสาลียา น้ำใส เอ่งฉ้วน) is a social anthropologist and artist living between Berlin and Southeast Asia. She is currently working with artists and cultural actors in Southeast Asia on artistic-theoretical interventions in problem clusters of modernity that go beyond climate change and the environmental crisis. Rosalia is a 2021 Goethe-Institut Fellow at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwartskunst Berlin and one of the founders of with the rubbles, a space for collective research in Berlin.

Sarnt Utamachote (ษาณฑ์ อุตมโชติ) is a nonbinary filmmaker and curator. They are a co-founder of un.thai.tled, an artist collective from the German-Thai diaspora, with whom they curated the un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin and Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park. Their video installation I Am Not Your Mother (2020) was exhibited at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and their short film Soy Sauce (2020) was screened at OutFest Fusion LA, Xposed Berlin, and Queer East London 2021, among others.

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Common Visions Berlin

Common Visions Berlin is a free space dedicated to our friends and comrades. Through events such as film screenings, discussions and lectures, Sinema Transtopia is shared with organizations and initiatives whose work makes a similarly important contribution to the visibility of the transnational urban society in Berlin. It is only through cooperation and collaboration that we move forward. As a Turkish proverb says, “What can one hand do anyway? Only two hands make a sound.” It is precisely this sound that we tune our ears to through Common Visions Berlin – a space of solidarity and exchange that brings together, encourages and inspires.

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Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung @ SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Lecture Performance and Film Screening

17:30 Marianna Christofides, exercises in becoming uncertain, Exploratory reading
19:30 Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Minamata – The Victims and Their World (1971), Film screening

An evening in two parts: EXERCISES IN BECOMING UNCERTAIN Marianna Christofides | MINAMATA – THE VICTIMS AND THEIR WORLD Tsuchimoto Noriaki
During the break of the two-part event, a warm soup by soyboy will be served.

In cooperation with Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme

Tickets are valid for the screening at 19:30 and the reading at 17:30 and can be purchased here

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Light table animations

Workshop Leaders Julia Kapelle


Open workshop for children and adults 

Saturday 04.12.2021 from 11:00 - 17:00

Led by Julia Kapelle

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More than ever before, our world is defined by mobility. But who is allowed to travel and who is not is unequally regulated - by visas, passports, entry regulations and much more. Furthermore, completely different rules apply to goods moving in global trade networks. For this Trickmisch workshop we invite children and parents to spend a Saturday afternoon describing different forms of being on the move and to illustrate these via short, animated films on a light table. Two sources of inspiration will help you find word material for your animated films: snake poems á la Meret Oppenheim and absurd word combinations like the surrealists. These texts will then be brought to life as animated film stories. 

Julia Kapelle studied film and photography (visual communication) at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the UdK at the Institute for Art in Context. In her artistic work she deals with media image production and processes of collective authorship. 

Since 2014, Trickmisch has been working with refugee students from welcome classes to cut and animate all kinds of stories using trick tables, film editing stations, a mini recording studio, and a suitcase full of silhouette figures.

Funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung des Bezirksamt Mitte FS3 and the Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis 

SİNEMA Retakes & Revisions

"Cinema means more than watching films. Cinema is a space of social discourse, a place of exchange and solidarity. Beyond commercialism and entrenched structures, cinema can be a space that opens access, stimulates discussion, educates, moves, provokes and encourages." We opened Sinema Transtopia with this claim in September 2020. In the uncertainty between two lockdowns, our cinema experiment looked towards future oriented perspectives for a lively cinema space, daring to create something new. Now, after more than a year, it is time to take stock and take a second look at films deserving special attention that may have been lost in these turbulent times. Retakes & Revisions offers a kaleidoscopic overview of the programme so far, spotlighting films that are of particular importance to us and films discovered during our research that could not yet be shown for a variety of reasons.

Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis

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Super 8 + Bioentwickeln

¡Kino, Kaffee, Kompostol!

Saturday 15.01.2022 11-17:00
Sunday  16.01.2022 11-17:00 

Saturday 22.01.2022 11-17:00
Sunday  23.01.2022 11-17:00

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Super 8 is an extremely sexy material: It has unbeatable, deep blacks as well as nuanced grays and warm colors. It is mysteriously out of focus, natural-grained, not 100% plannable and comes, when the filmmaker extends her antennas properly, very close to the scenery, the happening, the story, the emotion.

 In a two-weekend workshop with Dagie Bundert you can now learn to develop your own Super8 film material - biodegradable with washing soda, vitamin C powder and something phenolic: coffee, tea, plant juice, vanilla, weed, red wine, coffee, tree bark, chili, red fruits, thyme, beer, flowers, potatoes, black tea, whiskey and much more!

As inspiration we use the gridded facade and the architecture of the Haus der Statistik as well as graphic structures of the cinema and the surrounding area.

Dagie Bundert studied visual arts and experimental film in Berlin and discovered her passion for (Super8) film in the late 80s. Since then she has taught herself everything she can and animated what she can. So she has now become a specialist concerning eco developed Super8 films!

Funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis


CiNEMA of Commoning

Symposium, Screenings, Talks

CiNEMA of Commoning

In cooperation with Bangkok Screening Room (Bangkok), Cinema Akil (Dubai), Cinema ARTA (Cluj-Napoca), Kundura Sinema (Istanbul), Cine CCC (Santiago de Chile), Cimatheque (Cairo), Arkipel/ Forum Lenteng (Jakarta).

In 2021 bi’bak is planning a 4-day symposium titled “Cinema of Commoning” at its new space Sinema Transtopia at Haus der Statistik, Berlin-Alexanderplatz. From non-commercial cinema projects in Beirut, Lagos, Prizren, Berlin and beyond, international actors will be invited who are already involved in the development and design of a commons-oriented cinema. The symposium will bring together and further develop concepts and strategies for a sustainable cinema that is oriented towards both the local and global common good. Cinema will be discussed as an artistic and social practice, as a place of public discourse, as an agent of historical and cultural memory, and as a site to distribute film and video formats that are rarely accessible. The underlying focus is: what should and can cinema look like in order for it to represent a place of equal participation and a negotiation of diverse social relations? Namely, how can cinema become a place of commons? This question is particularly valid in a transnational society shaped by migration, with its constantly changing consumption habits and under difficult economic circumstances. Already since 2015 bi'bak has been developing a curated film and event programme that aims to give a space to transnational and non-European as well as (post-)migrant perspectives. Under the topics of “Cultural Memory”, “Transnationality”, “Collective Experience Before, After, and Beyond the Screening” and “The  Cinema Space”, the symposium offers the opportunity to take a look at the political, societal, aesthetic and social significance of a Sinema of Commoning. With discussion panels, film screenings and an accompanying publication, the symposium aims to strengthen cinema as a central site of public culture, cultural memory, and collective experience and sharing. 

Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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