November 2014, arsenal cinema

ONE WORLD BERLIN

ID WITHOUT COLORS, 2013

In 2014, the ONE WORLD BERLIN Human Rights Film Festival is taking place for the tenth time. Four programs will be shown from November 20-23, with directors, human rights activists and experts accompanying the program with discussions. 1971 by Johanna Hamilton opens the festival on 20.11. From the start of the 70s, FBI informants and provocateurs were more and more in attendance at anti-war protests, with the idea being to discredit and undermine the movement. The "Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI" stole the complete set of files to this end from a regional office in Media, Pennsylvania and made these available for journalists. This revealed that the FBI allowed itself to be abused for the unconstitutional surveillance of those who think differently. Over 40 years later, the predecessors of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden now break their silence about the events there.

"Modlitba pro Martu" sung by Marta Kubišová became a hymn against the occupation of Czechoslovakia and for a "socialism with a human face". With her bewitching alto voice, she became the most popular singer in Czechoslovakia, with her international breakthrough seemingly just around the corner. Instead, she was banned from working, ostracized and kept under surveillance for nearly two decades for maintaining a clear stance against the "normalization", the revocation of the reforms of the Prague Spring. Olga Sommerová's documentary film MAGICKÝ HLAS REBELKY (Magic Voice of a Rebel, 23.11.) creates a portrait of an artist who stood up for her ideals without any sort of self-righteousness.

ID WITHOUT COLORS (21.11.) by Riccardo Valsecchi examines the widespread use of "racial profiling". In 2012, the administrative court in Koblenz declared that the Federal Police could make identity checks on trains based on skin color. The verdict was revised the same year, yet police representatives complained that they were no longer able to include this “experiential knowledge” in their work. Valsecchi interviews those affected, members of the police force and legal experts.

In her new film DEN PODEBY (Victory Day, 22.11.), Alina Rudnitskaya gets Russian gays and lesbians to talk about how the new anti-homosexual law affects their lives while the military parade outside celebrates victory in the great war of the fatherland. The queer community on the other hand must grapple with defeats on a daily basis however.

On 24.11. at 7pm, the documentary film KAUZA CERVANOVÁ (Normalization) will be showing at the Czech Centre (Wilhelmstr. 44, 10117 Berlin), with the screening attended by director Robert Kirchhoff. Information and registration at berlin.czechcentres.cz.

Parts of the program can also be followed at www.realeyz.tv. (ng)

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