february 2020, living archive

Welt-Spiegel: Navina Sundaram and "Duvidha"

In their “Welt-Spiegel: An Outsider’s Inside View or An Insider’s Outside View” project, Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger explore the work of the journalist and presenter Navina Sundaram, who is living testimony to German media and migration history. Part of this is an introduction by Sundaram to the film DUVIDHA by Mani Kaul, which was broadcast in 1984 as part of NDR’s “Der Film-Club” series. This find has offered us the occasion to show the film, which was also part of the Berlinale Forum of 1975 and has been in Arsenal’s archive ever since, again on February 4.

It tells the story of a newly-wed couple thwarted by a ghost who falls in love with the wife. When the husband sets off for a five-year business trip soon after the wedding, the ghost takes on his appearance and place. When the wife is pregnant three years later, the deceit comes to light.

february 2020, living archive

This Month's Filmmakers’ Choice

The next event as part of our series Filmmakers' Choice will be presented by Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn on February 10: DOCES PODERES (Sweet Power, Lúcia Murat, Brazil 1996) is a chronicle of the first post-dictatorship elections that took place in Brazil in 1989 told from the perspective of the media. It is well known that TV Globo edited the final debate between the presidential candidates Collor de Mellos and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in such a way that it favored the former who went on to win the election. In 1990, Collor de Mellos disbanded cultural funding structures which effectively disabled feature film production. Twenty years later, history is repeating itself like a macabre nightmare. Since taking power in 2019, the current president has re-destroyed the film industry in Brazil. DOCES PODERES anticipates - in a latent way - the themes at the center of debate in Brazil today, such as racism and female emancipation. Combining politics, power and seduction, the plot borrows from the narrative structures of telenovelas and TV stars also starred in the film.