December 2015


Beyond Spring

Thursday 10.12.2015 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

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


Arab Film Series - Film Screening and Discussion

Questionable Coexistence

Jerusalem – East Side Story

D: Mohamad Alatar, Documentary, Palestine 2008, 57min, Arabic/Hebrew with English Subtitles

Because of its subject matter this film, completed in 2008, is still highly topical. From a Palestinian perspective, it documents the most important historical phases since the foundation of the Israeli state.

Since 1948 the Western part of Jerusalem has been controlled by Israel. Since 1967, the Eastern side has also been occupied. Mohammed Alatar focuses on the effects Israel’s politics of occupation have on the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem.




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.



Refqa Abu-Remaileh (Amman / EUME Fellow 2014-2016)
Refqa Abu-Remaileh received her DPhil and MSt in modern Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus on Arabic Literature and Film, from the University of Oxford (2010, 2004). Abu-Remaileh worked with the Oxford Research Group’s Middle East Program, a conflict-resolution organization focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She created a new strategic thinking group involving Palestinian citizens of Israel. In 2012-13 she was a EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and continues her work with a project on “Resistance and Subversion in Palestinian Literature and Film” as a EUME Fellow from 2014-2016 with a scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

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