The balcony as a symbol of social and political upheaval exposes manipulative historiography (TOP DOWN MEMORY). This could be used positively as well as negatively. However, it is nice to see that topics become visible, which thereby gain the power to change our society in a positive sense (THE DOOR OF RETURN, GRANNY’S SEXUAL LIFE). This can also succeed by metaphorically illuminating social conditions (GOODBYE FAIRYLAND). To be noted: social conditions and changes can be brought about from within and from without. For example, the pandemic brought about many social changes from the outside (CITADEL). From the inside through power and greed, however, societies can also change or even be wiped out completely, even if the trigger first comes from the outside (PEOPLE IN MOTION).
Wednesday, 23. Mar 2022 // 21:00 Uhr @ W1 – Zentrum für junge Kultur Theatersaal
People in Motion
Germany 2021, color, 8 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Christoph Lauenstein
Production: Anna Leimbrinck
In a land without light, the sudden appearance of a strange, illuminated object causes a stir among the inhabitants. The puppet animation tells a peculiar parable about the shortcomings of human behaviour, coming to the conclusion, that in a world full of egoism and greed there will be no winner.
United Kingdom 2020, color, 15 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: John Smith
Production: John Smith
Filmed from the artist’s window during the COVID-19 lockdown, ‘Citadel’ combines short fragments from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speeches with views of the London skyline. Shifting focus from the City of London’s gleaming skyscrapers to the inhabitants of the dense urban housing that lies in their shadow, ‘Citadel’ contrasts faceless corporate power with individual lived experience.
Granny’s sexual Life
France / Slovenia 2021, color, 13 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Emilie Pigeard, Urška Djukić
A journey back in time to the grandmother’s youth and her most intimate memories illustrate the position of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.
The Door of Return
Germany 2021, color, 29 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Kokutekeleza Musebeni, Anna Zhukovets
Production: Lea Neu, Katharina Kolleczek
"Do I really have to travel to 2020? Or can I still switch to another year?" Two black women in a hologramm context. The year 2440. Place of residence: Saturn. Racism, sexism and capitalism have been overcome. The destination: Earth. The history of our past echoes into our future. Afro-German, that has been made invisible. The N-word that continues to be uttered in Germany, Germanness and Blackness as a contradiction, an error in the system. An Afro-futuristic documentary. A thought experiment.
Top Down Memory
Germany 2020, color, 12 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Daniel Theiler
Production: Daniel Theiler
Based on historical events surrounding the Berlin City Palace (“Humboldtforum”), the work raises questions on the manipulation of history. Starting from the confusion about the proclamation of a socialist republic by Karl Liebknecht on the balcony of Portal IV on November 9, 1918, the film examines other events that are related to political and social upheavals and questions about authenticity.
Germany 2021, color, 9 min, OV, Engl. sub
Director: Carsten Strauch, Piotr J. Lewandowski
Production: Carsten Strauch
After a political upheaval in fairyland, many inhabitants see no other option but to flee, apply for asylum in Germany and are now trying to build up an existence in their new home. In a support group for people with a fairy-tale background, they report on their experiences and conflicts with integration and life in Germany.