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We extend our congratulations to Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Brigitta Kuster, editors of the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award 2021 -winning titles "On the Run: Perspectives on the Cinema of Med Hondo" and "1970-2018 Interviews with Med Hondo" (published by Archive Books and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art).

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are among the leading publication prizes in the United Kingdom, recognizing outstanding publications in the categories of photography and the moving image.

The two publications on the work of the late filmmaker Med Hondo, who passed away in March 2019, were created as a conclusion to the exhibition, festival, and book project “Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi – Run, comrade, run, the old world is behind you – The Cinema of Med Hondo,” organized by the Arsenal and curated by Enoka Ayemba, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, and Brigitta Kuster. Based on a wide variety of events held at Arsenal, Archive Kabinett, SAVVY Contemporary, and the silent green Kulturquartier in August 2017, the publications form an integral part of the overall project. They bring together different perspectives on Med Hondo’s work, as well as a series of interviews with him that have been translated into English for the first time.

On June 3 at 7:30 p.m., the books will be presented in an online event, followed by a conversation with Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Brigitta Kuster, Chiara Figone (Archive Books), and Keith Shiri (event host). To take part, registration is required:

To mark the winning of the award, Arsenal 3 (www.arsenal-3-berlin.de) will show Med Hondo’s MES VOISINS (My Neighbours, France 1971, 35 min.) until June 8. Viewers can look forward to the newly restored version of the film, carried out by Arsenal in 2020.

MES VOISINS (My Neighbours, Med Hondo, France 1971, 35 min., languages: Arabic, French with English subtitles). African migrants in Paris talk about their lives and everyday racism in the labor and housing markets. The chanson from which the film takes its title sings of the misery on one’s own doorstep. Med Hondo carries forward an analysis of the circumstances in a different key: The state of the postcolonial world has never been more succinctly expressed than in the animated closing sequence.

Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi—Run, comrade, run, the old world is behind you—The Cinema of Med Hondo was funded by the TURN Fund of Kulturstiftung des Bundes / German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Funded by:

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