February 2015, living archive

"Visionary Archive" @ Forum and Forum Expanded

JOE BULLET (South Africa 1973)

UMBANGO (South Africa 1986)

Since 2013 the project Visionary Archive has been linking up film research in Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Khartoum. This research uses a wide variety of strategies to ask similar questions: What can a local archive of films contribute to practices of memory and emancipation in the face of social upheavals and processes of oppression? What kinds of (hi)stories are stored in these archives and their films? What processes of revision do we run into when watching this disparate, idiosyncratic, and fragmentary material? As part of Forum Expanded, there will be a joint presentation of the project on February 11, using sounds and images to performatively repose these questions, all the while providing insight into the practices and methods of the ongoing subprojects: the South African B-Scheme films, made for a black audience from the 1970s to the late ’80s; the lifework of Sudanese filmmaker Gadalla Gubara, which bridges both genres and eras; Revisiting Memory, an archival research project related to periods of transition at the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo; the collection of documentary films from the 1970s that are partly held in Guinea-Bissau; and the collection of films by African filmmakers at the archive of the Arsenal, which is closely linked to the history of the Berlinale’s Forum. The Forum is showing two of the so-called B-Schemes films: the 1973 gangster film JOE BULLET as well as UMBANGO (THE FEUD), a Western of 1986. Director and producer Tonie van der Merwe will be our guest in Berlin for the screening of his films on February 6. Both films can be seen again on February 14 and 15, presented by the initiator of the B-Schemes project, Darryl Els.

Visionary Archive Panel as part of Forum Expanded Think:Film No.3

Wednesday February 11 at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg
12:00 Introduction
12:15 B-Schemes, Darryl Els
12:45 From Boé to Berlin, Filipa César and Flora Gomes
13:15 It all depends, Tobias Hering and Marie-Hélène Gutberlet
14:00 Studio Gad, Sara Gubara, Nadja Korinth, Stefan Pethke and Katharina von Schroeder
14:30 Revisiting Memory, Hana al Bayaty and Yasmin Desouki
15:00 Final discussion

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