September 2016


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 08.09.2016 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

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


Arabische Filmreihe - Beyond Spring

"A Magical Substance Flows Into Me" by Jumana Manna
Documentary, Palestine/Germany/UK 2015, Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles, 68 min

After the screening there will be a discussion with Refqa Abu-Remaileh and Jumana Manna

The film opens with a crackly voice recording. The voice is that of Dr. Robert Lachmann, an enigmatic Jewish-German ethnomusicologist who emigrated to 1930s Palestine. While attempting to establish an archive and department of Oriental Music at the Hebrew University, Lachmann created a radio program for the Palestine Broadcasting Service called “Oriental Music”, where he would invite members of local communities to perform their vernacular music. Over the course of the film, Jumana Manna—herself a Palestinian from Jerusalem—follows in Lachmann’s footsteps and visits Kurdish, Moroccan and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians, as they exist today within the geographic space of historical Palestine.

After the screening there will be a discussion with Refqa Abu-Remaileh and Jumana Manna.


Jumana Manna is a Palestinian artist working with film and sculpture. Her work explores how power is articulated through relationships, often focussing on the body and materiality in relation to nationalism and histories of place. She received a BFA from the Oslo National Academy of Arts, a MA in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of the Arts and the A.M. Qattan Foundation Young Palestinian Artists' Award. She has participated in various international exhibitions, biennales and film festivals.

Refqa Abu-Remaileh
is an affiliated postdoctoral fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien’s “Europe in the Middle East, the Middle East in Europe” (EUME) programme. Her research focuses on modern Arabic literature and film.



Film extract from "A Magical Substance Flows Into Me"


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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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