December 2015


Beyond Spring

Thursday 03.12.2015 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

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


Arab Film Series - Film Screening and Discussion

A City and Its Revolution

Film: Waves

D: Ahmed Nour, Documentary, Egypt 2012, 70 min, Arabic with English Subtitles

Using an artistic combination of documentary footage, archive images, animation scenes, animated characters representing the family members of the filmmaker, and his own voice-over, the director tells the story of himself and of his generation: starting from the birth of Mubarak's rule in the early 1980s and of his forgotten home city, Suez, famous for its canal that triggered the revolution to the extent of becoming known as “The Flame of the Egyptian Revolution”.




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.



Nadine Abdalla (Cairo / EUME Fellow 2015/2016)
Nadine Abdalla is a Cairo-based political scientist. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po Grenoble (France) with the highest French grade “Très Honorable avec Felicitations du Jury” and her MA in International Relations from Sciences-Po Paris. Her PhD dissertation focused on social mobilizations in Egypt and the challenge they have presented to the political regime prior to the 25th of January 2011 uprising. Her policy papers and academic articles on youth/labor movements in particular and on the Egyptian transformation in general were published by many European think tanks and research centers such as The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) in Barcelona, the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) in Paris, The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, the SWP in Berlin, as well as Egyptian research centers such as the AFA and the ACPSS in Cairo. Abdalla also writes a weekly column for the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and has several articles published in other newspapers.

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