bi'bakino is a curated film program that focuses on transnational narratives, migration and mobility discourses in film and seeks to stimulate differentiated discussions and changes of perspective. The program highlights films from outside Europe that have often not been shown in Berlin before, as well as archive excavations and rediscoveries. Following the film screenings, moderated discussions take place with filmmakers and experts.


Director Arafat Mazhar

OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Arafat Mazhar

Director Aylin Kuryel and Fırat Yücel Turkey 2019

57 min, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Aylin Kuryel and Fırat Yücel


KuirFest Berlin 2019

Queer Feminist Rebels

Curated by Pembe Hayat KuirFest / Pink Life QueerFest, Esma Akyel and Esra Özban


To the archive


Director Arafat Mazhar

OV with English subs

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.