March 2018, arsenal cinema

Public Screening – The Harun Farocki Institut presents

BLUES PEOPLE, 1968

Skip Norman, who was born in Baltimore in 1933 and died in Washington DC in 2015, was a student at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in 1966, the first year of its existence. He went on to become a director and worked on 27 dffb productions. The titles of his films all hint at the struggle to assert an Afro-American identity in a world shaped by whites. CULTURAL NATIONALISM (1969), BLACK MANS VOLUNTEER ARMY OF LIBERATION (1970) or STRANGE FRUIT (1970) named after the song by Billie Holiday. BLUES PEOPLE (1968) adapted parts of the play “Dutchman“ by his peer LeRoi Jones (who later became Amiri Baraka). “They say, ‘I love Bessie Smith‘ and don’t even understand that Bessie Smith is saying, ‘Kiss my ass, kiss my black unruly ass.‘“ We will be showing five of Skip Norman’s films from Arsenal and Deutsche Kinemathek’s archive. (HaFi). (22.3.)

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Two become one

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Zur Sache, Schätzchen

Zur Sache, Schätzchen May Spils FRG 1968
With Werner Enke, Uschi Glas, Henry van Lyck
35 mm German OV 80 min

arsenal cinema: DAAD grant holder Pelin Esmer is our guest

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Işe yarar bir şey

Işe yarar bir şey Something Useful
Pelin Esmer Turkey/France/Netherlands/Germany 2017
DCP OV/EnS 107 min

Followed by a discussion with Pelin Esmer (in English)