June 2021, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3: Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany

OCTAVIA'S VISIONS, 2021, © Zara Zandieh

The connections between culture in general, cinema in particular, society and racism are currently the subject of controversial discussion. The Berlinale Forum steps into the debate by presenting the film and discussion series Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany: an experiment in shared curatorial responsibility that puts a spotlight on a chapter of German film production that has been unfairly neglected.

The Berlinale Forum harbours a keen interest in the areas of film history yet to be properly illuminated and is always looking for new ways to think about the relationship between cinema and society. Both interests come together in this year’s special program Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany. The film and discussion series being put on in collaboration with SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is dedicated to the work of Black directors and directors of color in Germany. 
   
The films can first be seen from June 9th-30th on the streaming platform of Arsenal. The discussion program, which includes talks with the filmmakers, experimental, interactive formats, panels with scholars, festival programmers, actors and the curators, a keynote speech by scholar Kevin B. Lee and a lecture by filmmaker Biene Pilavci, will be taking place online. The film program will be shown in August at SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA's outdoor space.