June 2016


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 16.06.2016 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

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


Arab FILM SERIES - Beyond Spring

"Home" by Rafat Alzakout
Documentary 70 min, Syria, 2015

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker Rafat Alzakout and producer Christin Lüttich.

Home: In the midst of the Syrian turmoil, the joint passion for arts leads Rafat, the director of this film to encounter in a trip to North Syria a group of young hopeful friends who are gathered around the ballet dancer Ahmed, army deserters Mohammed and Taj. Despite the difficult circumstances and the conservative society in their hometown Manbij, the young men use the new fragile freedom to realize their dream and create a creative space they call “Home”.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker Rafat Alzakout and producer Christin Lüttich.

Born in Damascus, Rafat Alzakout graduated in 2003 from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in theater acting and started his career as theater actor and director. In 2011 and with the outburst of the popular uprising in his home country, Rafat started to search for ways to interlace theater with film and gained first experience in short filmmaking by directing around 30 satiric short films that use puppet theatre to lampoon the unfolding events in Syria. In November 2015, Rafat moved to Berlin/Germany.

Christin Lüttich did a double degree program in political studies in France and Germany, before moving to Syria in 2007 to manage a project while working in the cultural production. In 2011, she moved to Beirut where she managed jointly with Ali Atassi until November 2015 the non-profit company “Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts” that aims to support emerging Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian documentary filmmakers. She is the main producer of “Home” by Rafat Alzakout.


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Trailer "Home":

Interview with the filmmaker Rafat Alzakout

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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.


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


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