In cooperation with Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City, interfilm presents the "Dekoloniale Short Film Walk" now online on: dekoloniale.de.
Why are African visitors to Berlin still asking in vain for an adequate place to commemorate the notorius “Berlin Conference”? How far was it from the Deutsche Bank Headquarters to the High Command of the Imperial Protection Force? What is the association between “M-Straße” in Berlin and the concentration camp Sachsenhausen and when did activists of African origin first demand for black representation in German parliament?
In cooperation with interfilm Festival, Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City invites you to a cinematic and digital city walk to investigate these questions more deeply. Incorporating brief historical presentations and short films on selected topics, the city walk can be taken both in digital space and in the actual district Berlin-Mitte. (Text: Dekoloniale)
/// Historical presentation: Mnyaka Sururu Mboro (Berlin Postkolonial e.V.), Christian Kopp (Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City)
/// Voice-over film introductions: Juliane Hempel
/// Editing: Tim Formella
All films are in the original language with English subtitles. English subtitles for the historical presentation & film introductions in German will be added shortly.
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Trixie Munyama // Namibia // 2020 // 28:47 min
The Mourning Citizen is an extension of The Mourning, an original body of work conceptualised by Trixie Munyama in 2016. This time around, the work interrogates the underlay of the genocide as a historical focal point which continues to haunt our present. This performance art is an onsite collaboration between various Namibian artists with an immersive artistic intervention featuring visuals, soundscapes and performance art, bringing a personal experience as the audience becomes part of the performance. For the “Latitude” festival, Trixie Munyama and her artistic companions convert the work into a digital format. (by Trixie Munyama) Gift Uzera, Patricia Amoomo, Justina Andreas, West Uarije, Joy Kaperu, Joanne Sitler (Dancers), Justine Thwabi (Actress), Enchanté (Musician), Sam Batola (Guitarist), Raymond Mupfumira (Musician), Chris Eiseb (Drummer), Nesindano Namises (Spoken Word), Isabel Katjavivi (Sculptor), Hildegard Titus (Visuality and Design), Vitjitua Ndjiharine (Visuality and Design), Jacques Mushaandja (Curator and Musical Arrangement), Trixie Munyama (Artistic Director), Tulimeke Shileka (Production Assistant), Jumper Namibia (Video Production) This Performance was part of #LatitudeFestival of Goethe-Institut. Find out more: https://www.goethe.de/prj/lat/de/dtl/pro.cfm?event_id=21875431& Photo: (c) Themba Mbuli
Ixmucané Aguilar // Germany, Namibia // 2019 // 03:23 min
In THUNDER IN HOORNKRANS - staged, yet inspired directly from existing rituals, poems, songs and moments of silence - the act of mourn shapes a spiritual space as the only relation possible between descendants and ancestors. While Nama people lament the calamity of the genocide, they gather by remembering through chosen words at the lonely site of a massacre. (Photo & Text: Ixmucané Aguilar / ixmucaneaguilar.com) Poem by Isak Dirkse
Niva Ehrlich // Germany // 2019 // 19:00 min
More than 40 years ago, Mboro was commissioned to find the head of the Tanzanian resistance fighter Mangi Meli in Germany and bring it back to his homeland. Mangi Meli was hanged in 1900 by German colonialists and his head shipped to Germany for racial research. From Berlin, Mboro began a decades-long and so far unsuccessful search in a network of ethnological collections and institutions. (Photo: "Shetani", Niva Ehrlich, ifs internationale filmschule köln)
Laurence Favre // Switzerland, South Africa // 2019 // 03:25 min
"Letters to Doctor L" as presented in the Short Film Walk, is part of a six channel video installation by Laurence Favre. The artist Laurence Favre was invited to present her ongoing research that tends towards an inclusive history, between individual and collective memory. At her request, people closely link to the history or territories of the French-speaking missions wrote a letter to Doctor L, an enigmatic missionary who settled in southern Africa around 1900. She then puts these stories into images, which draws a fragmentary history that is always reinvented. (Intro text in the exhibition at Espace Arlaud, Lausanne 2019 / https://lrncfvr.net/lettres-au-docteur-l/ ) Photo: (c) Laurence Favre
Eva Knopf // Germany // 2013 // 01:30 min
As part of the digital Short Film Walk we present the trailer of "Majubs's Journey". The essayistic documentary Majub's Journey tells the story of an African man who lived in Nazi Germany during the 1930s and worked as an extra in the movie industry. He was born in the German colony Deutsch-Ostafrika and became a soldier for the Germans during World War I – when he was only nine years old. After the Germans lost the war, they failed to hand him his military pay. About a decade later he decides to travel to Germany and personally collect his outstanding money. This film tells his story – his childhood in the colony and his life and in Nazi Germany – including the holes that the archive leaves open. (Eva Knopf) (photo: still Majub's Journey, Eva Knopf)
Ixmucané Aguilar // Germany, Namibia // 2019 // 04:31 min
Abandoned mass graves in the dunes of Swakopmund are an open memorial of the concentration camps that existed in Namibia under German colonial rule. In MOURN, a group of Herero women march through the desert in silence as an act of remembrance between the living and the dead. (Photo & Text: Ixmucané Aguilar / ixmucaneaguilar.com)