October 2015


Beyond Spring

Thursday 29.10.2015 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V.


Arab Film Series - Film Screening and Discussion

Memories of Terror


D: Damien Ounouri, Documentary, Algeria/France/China/Qatar/Kuwait/Germany 2012, 83 min, Arab/French with English Subtitles

El Hadi leads a simple life in the Algerian provinces. He is a family man and one of the countless anonymous veterans of Algeria’s war of independence. Not even his relatives know much about his past.



In 1954 when the war began El Hadi was 14 years old. When he turned 20 he became a fidai and joined the FLN’s urban guerrilla in France where he undertook two assassinations.

50 years later director Damine Ounouri joins his uncle El Hadi on a journey through time. Bit by bit he breaks the latter’s silence.




Beyond Spring - Arab Film Series



In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik.

It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.


Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo and the Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.



Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient / Member of EUME)
Nora Lafi is a researcher at ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Berlin since 2006. She is a Historian of the Ottoman Empire with a focus on the study of cities of the Ottoman Empire between the classical age and the reforms of the 19th century, with a specific focus on the local forms of urban governance. Nora did her PhD at the Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France and a Master in Arabic Language and Literature (Aix-en-Provence University and Cairo University). She is also a Privatdozentin with the Freie Universität Berlin. She is a founding member of EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST – THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME). In 2004/05 she was a Fellow of the predecessor of EUME, the Working Group Modernity and Islam (AKMI).

In cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).