June 2016

 

Opening "Beyond Spring - Arab Film Series 2016"

Thursday 02.06.2016 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

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

Co-Operation

Arab Film Series
 

Opening "Beyond Spring - Arab Film Series 2016"

A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister
Documentary 76 min, UK/Syria 2015

followed by a discussion with Salam Said

 "Filmed over a period of five years, this intimate and insightful documentary perfectly balances the personal and the political, telling its tale of national and international upheavals through their impact on individuals at the cutting edge of change. This is a profoundly moving account of two love stories: that between the film’s central couple, Amer and Raghda, who are torn apart by imprisonment and exile; the other being their love for Syria, which casts a long shadow over their lives, their marriage and their children." – Mark Kermode, The Guardian


Salam Said is a Syrian economist. She received her PhD from the Institute for WorldEconomics and International Management at Bremen University in 2010. Since then she has lectured on Arab Economies and political economy of the Arab countries at different universities in Germany. Currently she is lecturing at the Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Science. The results of her research on „The Uprising and Economic Interests of the Syrian military“ will be published in 2016 in the Routledge-St Andrews Syrian Studies series entitled The Syrian Uprising 2011-2014: Roots and Trajectories.
 


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.

Next Screenings:

  • 9 June
  • 16 June
  • 23 June
  • 5 July


 

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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