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Workshop Leaders Akile Nazli Kaya and Tomáš Doruška

Animated Documentary Workshop

Anima-Doc Workshop is a 3-4 days workshop which focuses on how documentary and animation can be used and mixed creatively in film-making. Tutors Tomáš Doruška and A. Nazli Kaya from FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) will share their practice of stop motion and paper cut-out animation techniques in a hands-on way. Participants are encouraged to come with ideas that are based on social justice, and/or political, ecological, and environmental themes. Together we will discuss the ideas for the shorts and will choose the best 3 to be realized. 

Funded by Programm NEUSTART des Bundesverband Soziokultur im Programmteil kulturelle und soziokulturelle Programmarbeit 

More Event times:

  • 20.03.2021 (12:00) - 21.02.2021 (12:00)
  • 13.03.2021 (12:00) - 14.03.2021 (12:00)

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Workshop Leaders Akile Nazli Kaya and Tomáš Doruška

Animated Documentary Workshop

Anima-Doc Workshop is a 3-4 days workshop which focuses on how documentary and animation can be used and mixed creatively in film-making. Tutors Tomáš Doruška and A. Nazli Kaya from FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) will share their practice of stop motion and paper cut-out animation techniques in a hands-on way. Participants are encouraged to come with ideas that are based on social justice, and/or political, ecological, and environmental themes. Together we will discuss the ideas for the shorts and will choose the best 3 to be realized. 

Funded by Programm NEUSTART des Bundesverband Soziokultur im Programmteil kulturelle und soziokulturelle Programmarbeit 

More Event times:

  • 20.03.2021 (12:00) - 21.02.2021 (12:00)
  • 13.03.2021 (12:00) - 14.03.2021 (12:00)

Director Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke Egypt/Germany 2018

86 Min, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke

Dream Away

Dream Away accompanies the daily lives of young employees of one of the numerous luxury hotels in Sharm El Sheikh. Post-revolutionary unrest and terrorist attacks have left the resort on the Red Sea deserted. The hotel complexes are uninhabited, the water aerobics classes  are left unattended, the nightlife areas are spookily empty. The tourists fly over the city, but they do not land here anymore. With a somnambulistic attention, Dream Away explores the longings and hardships of young Egyptians whose future remains uncertain.

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Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke have been collaborating as a directing duo since 2012. Their films are hybrids between fiction and documentary, crafted beautifully through magical realism. Their joint debut Crop (2013) received international acclaim at festivals including IFFR and DOK Leipzig.

Director Mahdi Fleifel

OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Mahdi Fleifel

A Man Returned – Showcase Mahdi Fleifel

Xenos 
Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Denmark 2014, 13 Min.

A Man Returned
Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Denmark/Netherlands 2016, 30 Min. 

A Drowning Man
Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Denmark/Greece 2017, 15 Min. 

I Signed the Petition
Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Germany/Switzerland 2018, 11 Min.

Mahdi Fleifel’s compelling films challenge how we think about fundamental questions of human existence: what does it mean to have a home or a homeland? What does it mean to be a refugee? Showcasing four of his award-winning short films, the programme follows the trajectory of Fleifel’s work over the past decade, urging us to reexamine how we conceptualise Palestine and Palestinian identity.

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Born in Dubai, Mahdi Fleifel lives and works between Denmark, England and Greece. His critically acclaimed debut feature A World Not Ours (2012) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received over 30 awards. A Man Returned (2016) won a Silver Bear at Berlinale, A Drowning Man (2017) was selected for the Official Competition at Cannes and was nominated for a BAFTA.

Director Maher Abi Samra Lebanon/France/Norway/UAE 2016

67 Min, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Maher Abi Samra

A Maid for Each

In Lebanon, for every four million inhabitants there are about 200,000 foreign domestic workers who are deprived of their basic rights and live under constant surveillance. Rather than treated as service providers, the employees are regarded more as economic goods imported by special agencies, living under conditions that resemble a modern variant of the slave trade. With the full consent of the owner Zein, Maher Abi Samra films in the offices of the El Raed Agency. A Maid for Each vividly dissects this system approved by the state, oscillating between the demands of the employers, the sales talent of the agents and the objectification of the female workforce.

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Maher Abi Samra was born in Beirut in 1965. He studied Drama Arts at the Lebanese University in Beirut and Audio-Visual Studies at the Institut National de l’Image et du Son, and has worked as a photo-journalist for Lebanese newspapers and international agencies.

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By Sebastian Reier aka Booty Carrell, Pamela Owusu-Brenyah aka DJ Pam Bam, Florian Sievers, Oded Erez, Kornelia Binicewicz, 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.

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.

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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Workshop Leaders Akile Nazli Kaya and Tomáš Doruška

Animated Documentary Workshop

Anima-Doc Workshop is a 3-4 days workshop which focuses on how documentary and animation can be used and mixed creatively in film-making. Tutors Tomáš Doruška and A. Nazli Kaya from FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) will share their practice of stop motion and paper cut-out animation techniques in a hands-on way. Participants are encouraged to come with ideas that are based on social justice, and/or political, ecological, and environmental themes. Together we will discuss the ideas for the shorts and will choose the best 3 to be realized. 

Funded by Programm NEUSTART des Bundesverband Soziokultur im Programmteil kulturelle und soziokulturelle Programmarbeit 

More Event times:

  • 20.03.2021 (12:00) - 21.02.2021 (12:00)
  • 13.03.2021 (12:00) - 14.03.2021 (12:00)

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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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Curated by Necati Sönmez

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Decolonizing the Screen

As Louis Malle once put it, “A westerner with a camera is twice a westerner”. Afterall, cinema started its long journey in a colonial context, considering the Lumière Brothers visited countries of the Global South in order to film the “Other”. Consequently, the early ethnographical documentary works were often associated with an authoritative colonial gaze. At present, the documentary industry is still to a large extent based on well-funded films produced by western filmmakers framing the Global South as a site of misery, exploiting images in order to satisfy the demand of the West. In response, non-western filmmakers created their own images by reversing the colonizer's gaze, and some western filmmakers ended up questioning themselves rather than feeding into the expectations. Decolonizing the Screen shows a selection of perspectives which challenge the continued history of the colonial gaze and open up discussions on the legacy of ethnographic films as well as the politics of documentary production.

Necati Sönmez works as a film critic, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the initiator of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and one of the founders of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, which soon became the most important documentary festival in Turkey. He has served as jury member in over 30 festivals and curated documentary programmes as a guest curator. For 2021 he is a fellow at bi’bak.

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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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CiNEMA of Commoning

Symposium, Screenings, Talks

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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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