November 2017


2nd creole Music film Fest goes AFROFUSION

Saturday 11.11.2017 3:00 PM | Saal

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen


2nd creole Music film Fest goes AFROFUSION


With the 2nd creole Music Film Fest goes Afrofusion, we will be screening an impressive selection of films highlighting the diversity of migration movements and different relationships between cultural exchange, political structures and musical connections within the African continent.
In the city of Berlin there is an abundance of people who feel they belong to the African diaspora.
With this regional focus, WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN also addresses the connections between the African continent and Berlin as well as the growing interest amongst the wider public in cultural and political developments in African countries.
At the same time, the growing migration movements should be taken into account and new Berliners be catered to in their role of “consumers of culture”.



The creole Music Film Festival presents music films in the context of transculturality and migration in the style of the eponymous creole Global Music Contest, which brings bands onto the stage who stand for distinctive musical diversity and new musical developments and those whose origins lie in migration and fusion.
Thus creole offers the professional global and fusion music scenes in Berlin and throughout Germany a unique platform for exchange, networking and marketing.
To reduce the waiting time between the creole music competitions, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has brought the creole Music Film Festival to life.

Not least also because although Berlin does indeed offer a wide range of film festivals, there was a gap in the Berlin cultural landscape for a festival dedicated exclusively to music films, which the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has now closed with its creole Music Film Festival.





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Friday, 10.11.2017

7 PM Opening | Film: Kinshasa Symphony | Saal

9 PM  Concert: Bernard Mayo Trio presented by World Wide Music | Club

Saturday, 11.11.2017

3 PM Welcome | Film: They will have to kill us first: Malian music in Exile | Saal

5 PM Film: Timbuktu | Saal

7 PM Film: Mali Blues | Saal

9 PM Film: Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba | Saal

Sunday, 12.11.2017

3 PM Film: Homegrown: HipLife in Ghana | Saal

4 PM Film: A Story of Sahel Sounds | Saal

6 PM Film: Zanzibar Musical Club | Saal

8 PM Film: Youssou N´Dour: I Bring What I Love | Saal

Admission is free of charge.
If possible, we kindly ask for a donation of between €3 and €10.



Kinshasa Symphony

Friday, 10.11.2017 | 7 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2010 / Congo, Germany / 95 minutes
by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the third-largest city in Africa. Almost 10 million people live here, many of whom are among the poorest inhabitants of our planet. It is also home to the only symphony orchestra in central Africa.
Two hundred orchestra members play Beethoven’s Ninth in complete darkness – an ode to joy. A power cut a few bars before the final movement. Experiences like this are the least of the problems faced by the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In its 15 years of existence, the musicians have survived two coups, several crises and a war. Yet they still concentrate on the music, and the hope for a better future. “Kinshasa Symphony” shows people in one of the most chaotic cities in the world setting up one of the most complex systems of human coexistence: a symphony orchestra. A film about the Congo, people in Kinshasa and music.



They will have to kill us first: Malian music in Exile

Saturday, 11.11.2016 | 3 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2015 / UK,Mali / 100 minutes
by Johanna Schwartz

“They will have to kill us first” is a documentary that portrays the role that music plays in Malian society. In a country increasingly influenced by Islamism and in which making music is increasingly forbidden, this film primarily shows the struggle that Malian musicians face in order to continue practicing their profession. 




Saturday, 11.11.2016 | 5 PM | Saal

Feature film / 2014 / Mauritania, France / 100 minutes
by Abderrahmane Sissako

The film depicts the occupation of Timbuktu by Jihadists from the Al Qaida-affiliated group Ansar Dine, as part of the conflict in Northern Mali since 2012. The film competed at the Cannes International Film Festival for the Palme d’Or. In 2016 “Timbuktu” was awarded 36th place in the BBC survey of the 100 most important films of the 21st century.
Music and dance played a significant role in Timbuktu’s diverse Islamic culture before the occupation. The rebel’s religious ban on music and dancing was broadly rejected by the population well versed in Islamic religious questions since the 13th century.
The film’s multi-lingual content also conveys the linguistic diversity of traditional ways of life in Mali. The argument between Kidane and Amadou about the “GPS” cow alludes to the resource conflict in the Sahel region, brought on by increased aridness caused by climate change, between the nomadic cattle farmers and the settled farmers – in this case a fisherman. The nomad Kidane is Tuareg and speaks Tamascheq, Amadou is from the Bambara-speaking group. These types of conflicts are exploited by a variety of politicians in Mali, such as the former president Amadou Toumani Touré, for their own interests.


Mali Blues

Saturday, 11.11.2017 | 7 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2016 / Mali, Germany / 90 minutes
by Lutz Gregor

Music has made its mark on Mali’s cultural identity. Yet it is threatened by radical Islamists. In the film MALI BLUES, we embark on a musical journey to Mali with the stars of global pop: Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté, Master Soumy and Ahmed Ag Kaedi. Can their music contribute to reconciliation?

Jazz and blues have their origins in Mali, so it is thought, and were brought to the cotton plantations of America by enslaved people from Africa. For centuries, Malian society has been held together by traditional music, yet since the Islamists in the North have brought their violence to the West-African country, musicians fear for their lives. Tortured and threatened, many had to flee and today the terror continues, which the army is attempting to contain.

In the documentary MALI BLUES, four musicians talk of how they are personally affected by the problems and do not want to accept a radical version of Islam – neither at home nor anywhere else in the world. Although they enjoy different musical styles, they are primarily united by the power of and passion for music that gives people strength and hope.


Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Saturday, 11.11.2017 | 9 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2011 / South Africa / 91 min
by Mika Kaurismäki

Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary essay about the world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who travelled the world for half a century and spread her political message against racism, poverty and for justice and peace, is a homage to a woman who embodied the hope and voice of Africa like no other person. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) inspired musicians around the world and had a huge and enthusiastic international following. She also remained true to her South African roots in her music. She was driven into exile in 1959 after participating in the anti-Apartheid documentary COME BACK, AFRICA. Harry Belafonte assisted her in the USA, where she performed at the birthday party of J.F. Kennedy and had her first worldwide hit in 1967 with “Pata Pata”. She married the Black Panther activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968 and got caught in the FBI crosshairs, then departing for Guinea where she continued her work against the Apartheid regime in her home country from there. The documentary presents the life of this extraordinary artist through numerous interviews with friends, relatives and colleagues, some of whom she knew from the early days in the dance halls of Johannesburg and some who are young representatives of the African music scene.


HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana

Sunday , 12.11.2017 | 3 PM| Saal

Documentary / 2008 / Ghana, USA / 58 minutes
by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

West Africa has a long-standing tradition of traveling storytellers known as Griots (pronounced GREE oh), who combine poetry, music, and oral history.

In Ghana, a group of young Africans are continuing this legacy and have captured the attention of international audiences. Over the past decade, Hip-Hop music has merged with High-Life, the traditional music of West Africa, and this fusion has led to the birth of a new musical genre called HipLife. HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, is a feature-length documentary about V.I.P. (Vision In Progress).

The film documents ten years of their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world. The tension between traditional values and international stardom unfolds in the film's dynamic story-line. The final footage shows V.I.P. on tour in Europe, South African, and the United States, being received by enormous crowds. The viewer is given an intense experience of the excitement surrounding the group's success and from witnessing the international explosion of HipLife music.


A Story of Sahel Sounds

Sunday , 12.11.2017 | 4 PM| Saal

Documentary / 2016 / Germany, Niger, USA / 82 minutes
by Neopan Kollektiv

The film celebrates music performances by current artists from Niger and opens up a space to question our understanding of cultural exchange, musical connections and political structures. Against the backdrop of ever-growing globalization, although influenced by an unequal distribution of power, new possibilities for self-determination open up, these artists attempt to make it big – on the stage and on the mobile phones of their fans. Inspired by Christopher Kirkley’s work, the film overcomes cultural and geographical distances and offers a new perspective on a region which most of us only know as a crisis zone.


Zanzibar Musical Club

Sunday, 12.11.2017 |  6 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2009 / France, Germany / 85 minutes
by Philippe Gasnier, Patrice Nesan

She wants to be an accordionist, and as she goes in search of inspiration through the musical world of Zanzibar, 17-year-old Belina comes across new and exciting influences: Arabic sounds, Latin American rhythms, Indian melodies, African drums. She meets Bi Kidude, the living Taarab legend who introduces here to the “Unyago” initiation music for girls before their wedding. She meets Amina, whose voice can be heard on every radio in East Africa. And she meets the great Taraab musicians: the singer Makame Faki and instrument virtuosos from the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar.


Youssou NDour: I Bring What I Love

Sunday , 12.11.2017 | 8 PM | Saal

Documentary / 2008 / France, USA, Egypt, Senegal / 98 minutes
by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Yussou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love is a music-driven film that reveals one man's power to inspire global change. The film unfolds at a pivotal moment in the life of Youssou N’Dour—the best-selling African pop artist of all time. N'Dour has long been renowned for bringing people of diverse nations and backgrounds together through his collaborations with such musical superstars as Bono, Paul Simon, and Peter Gabriel. But when he releases his most personal and spiritual album yet, he instead alienates his Muslim fans in Africa. Although he garners accolades in the West, N’Dour must brave controversy and rejection at home as he sets out to win his audience back.

Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi tracks N'Dour’s journey over two years – filming his life in Africa, Europe, and America. He initially releases his album Egypt in the hopes of promoting a more tolerant face of Islam. Yet, when his fellow Senegalese reject the album, and denounce it as blasphemous, he takes this as a challenge to go deeper, to reach out to those who would attack him, and to work even harder to use his songs to unite a divided world. The resulting portrait is not just of a musician, but also that of a world in which pop culture now has equal power to incite fury and invite new connections.






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