March 2018


Migrating the Feminine

Thursday 08.03.2018 7:30 PM | Club

Admission: €5

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ EUME (Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe) / Mayadin al-Tahrir e.V.
Curation: Viola Shafik


Reading & talk by Nora Amin

"Migrating the Feminine" by Nora Amin is a fearless attempt to find an answer to what it means to be a woman in a society full of prejudice, contempt, anger and transgression against the female, in all ages, in all forms, from the way a young girl is treated to the violent and traumatic events of Tahrir.

Nora Amin's text is personal, passionate and political, her voice is strong in a time full of confusion, her vision is clear, her language as vibrant and as poetic as it can be. This is an important text not only for Egyptian society, it is part of larger discussion among writers, thinkers, feminists around the world. 

The reading will be in English. A German and Arabic translation will be provided.


Nora Amin is a writer, performer, choreographer and theatre director. As a writer she has published four collections of short stories and four novels, in addition to an audio book of poetry. In 2000, she founded Lamusica Independent Theatre Group in Cairo to experiment with new forms of physical expression and to voice the unspoken issues faced by women and issues of socio-cultural repression. She directed and produced 37 theatre, dance and music productions before moving to Berlin in 2015. Her work is set between the areas of literature, theatre/dance and feminism, and it is all linked by the drive of socio-political activism where the artist takes the role of a rebel against the traditions of patriarchy, authority, sexism and racism.


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Part of the Arab film series Beyond Spring


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 filmmaker, curator and film scholar. She has 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 has lectured at the American University in Cairo and Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She has directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

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