How can a new kind of cinema be collectively created within a transnational society? SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, the cinema-experiment by bi’bak, explores cinema as a space of social discourse, exchange, and solidarity. The curated film series brings together diverse social communities and connects places both near and geographically distant; it links pasts, presents and futures and moves away from a eurocentric gaze towards transnational, (post-)migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a different kind of cinema, one simultaneously committed to local and international communities, that understands cinema as an important public sphere of sociality; it considers film history as crucial to the work of cultural memory and is committed to a diversity of film culture and film art. In Haus der Statistik at Berlin-Alexanderplatz, SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA builds a bridge between urban practice and film to create a space that opens access, stimulates discussion, educates, moves, provokes and encourages.
SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is funded by Haupstadtkulturfonds, Conrad Stiftung and the Programm NEUSTART KULTUR
Past event series can be found in the archive.
When we launched SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, our aim was to create a physical space for film culture and education, one that emphasises the transnational nature of society, that generates community and builds a bridge between its urban locality and international movements.
This led us to working with curators from across the film and culture spectrum, 32 different series that brought together myriad films ranging from archival to contemporary, documentary to fiction, workshops and education programmes, a symposium, invited guest speakers and guests from across Berlin and beyond.
We now take all that we learnt from these enriching experiences to construct the new SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA space in Wedding!