November 2012, arsenal cinema



The ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for Human Rights and Media is taking place for the ninth time in 2012, comprising ten different programs from November 22-28. Directors, human rights experts and other guests will accompany the program with discussions and Q&As. WOULD YOU HAVE SEX WITH AN ARAB? (I/F/B 2012) by Yolande Zauberman opens the festival on November 22, in which Zauberman and her co-author, Lebanese writer Selim Nassib, ask both Jewish and Arab Tel Avivers – from club kids to 90-year-olds – the provocative titular question. "The Palestinian problem can't be solved in bed", is one Jewish interviewee's response. But Zauberman and Nassib's approach does at least start the dialogue.

Chris Belloni's I AM GAY AND MUSLIM (NL 2011, 25.11.) also explores the freedom to choose one's sexual or life partner as a basic human right. Over one year, Belloni accompanies six young Moroccan's who would like to live out their sexual and religious identities in equal measure.  

Anke Hentschel's unsentimental family drama UNBELEHRBAR (Germany/Israel 2010, 24.11.) deals with a highly relevant social topic. 40-year-old Ellen leaves her small town in Brandenburg to learn how to read and write in Berlin.

A year after the suicide of NSU leaders Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos and the arrest of Beate Zschäpe, many questions still remain unanswered. DER VERLORENE SOHN (Germany 2012, 23.11.) by Andreas Kuno Richter accompanies a video workshop held with a group of 17 and 18 year olds at the school in the Lobeda district of Jena which Böhnhardt attended. The pupils interview Böhnhardt’s parents and discover video material of Zschäpe from 1991. 

Based on Gaby Weber's film about corruption in Argentina "WUNDER GIBT ES NICHT" – DIE VERSCHWUNDENEN VON MERCEDES BENZ (Argentina 2003, 23.11.), which is seldom shown in Germany, we will be talking about Weber's investigative work, which led to the collaboration between old Nazis and the secret service and the economic elite of the (post war) Federal Republic of Germany being uncovered and was thus obstructed accordingly.

Agents and files also form the focus of THE PERLIN PAPERS (Jenny Perlin, USA 2010, 28.11.). These eight short films dramatize the materiality of the information gathered as well as the absurdity of the data handling process. The inspiration for the film was a distant relation of the director, lawyer Marshall Perlin, who sued for the release of the FBI files on Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only civilians to be executed for espionage in the USA, the trial becoming a milestone in freedom of information.

DIE PROTESTMACHER (Dieter Rucht, Germany 2012, 27.11.) is a portrait of four people actively involved in protest movements against atomic energy and genetic engineering and for bank regulation. They speak about their motives, campaigns, disappointments and their everyday lives.

Micha X. Peled's documentary BITTER SEEDS (USA/India 2011, 26.11.) examines the use of genetic engineering in agribusiness. Due to the monopoly imposed by the manufacturers of overpriced genetically engineered seed, Indian cotton farmers like Ram Krishna are becoming entangled in debt. Even though a bad harvest can have deadly consequences, the village inhabits still remain silent due to tradition.

In 2011, we presented the Occupy Movement's "militant observation" as carried out by the video activists’ collective (and Berlin Biennale participants) videoatonale. One year later: Occupy is over, so what now? systemwechsel 2011+, videoatonale’s long-term project, allowed people of different backgrounds and ages to speak about their social utopias and how they want to make them a reality (27.11.).

The wandering short film festival "My Europe" shows an up-to-date program of young European directors, who grapple with the ubiquitous economic "crisis", nuclear energy and the treatment of immigrants amongst other things. (25.11.) (Natalie Gravenor)

More on the program can be found at Parts of the program can also be watched online at