August 2021, arsenal cinema

Archival Assembly #1

September 1-8, 2021 at Arsenal Cinema, silent green Kulturquartier, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), SAVVY Contemporary, Sinema Transtopia

The festival Archival Assembly #1 marks the (temporary) conclusion of the five-year project „Archive außer sich“, a series of interdisciplinary research, presentation, and exhibition projects dealing with film cultural heritage and its archives. Participating institutions are Harun Farocki Institut, SAVVY Contemporary, pong film, silent green Film Feld Forschung, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the masters program “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” at the Goethe University Frankfurt. From September 1 to 8 film archives and film archival projects will meet for a public exchange. At the same time, the plan is for a festival that will take place biannually, understanding archival work – as well as the cinema – as an artistic, social, and political practice.

"Some of them hold to the idea of the national legacy (or genre, or historical time period), others are resistant to such ideas. Some of them are easily accessible as state archives or are closed off to the world, others have never made any inroads at all into the writing of film history. Archives and counter-archives: It seems as if neither can do without the other. But when film archives are seen, not as closed entities, but as the setting for negotiating a transnational practice, forming new alliances, perhaps the old idea of so-called 'world cinema' can shake off its power structure, allowing us to rethink both, the world and the cinema." (Stefanie Schulte Strathaus)

Four intertwined parts form the festival’s contours. At Kino Arsenal and in the HKW’s Westgarten there are daily film screenings, presentations of restorations and other projects, as well as podium discussions. The exhibition "How to find meaning in dead time" at SAVVY Contemporary, curated by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, and the two symposia, "After the Archive" (in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt) in the Kuppelhalle at silent green and "The Right to a Public II" at the Filmhaus, complete the program. In addition, every morning in the Kuppelhalle at silent green and in Sinema Transtopia there will be presentations on precarious archival projects under the title "Found Futures", organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, with the goal of networking and mutual support. This will also be the context for a discussion of the collectively produced paper “Call for Action and Reflection on Decolonising Film Archives.”

An overview of the festival program can be found here. A selection of the films will be presented on arsenal 3 starting the day after each screening. The two symposia will also be available via live stream. Tickets for all events at Arsenal Cinema can be reserved from August 23. For all tickets at HKW, please see here.


Film screenings, presentations of restorations and other projects

Arsenal Cinema

Wed 1.9., 18h
Opening: Bernd Scherer (Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Co-Director Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst) 
The Inheritance  Ephraim Asili    USA  2020    35mm | OV | 100 min
Guest: Ephraim Asili

1.–8.9. Foyer of Arsenal Cinema, Loop 
Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl (Fury is a Feeling Too)   Cynthia Beatt   FRG 1983  Digital file | OmE | 25 min 

Wed 1.9., 22h
Trópicos Mecânicos | Mechanic Tropics (Mueda)
Performance by Felipe Bragança in collaboration with Teatro Griot and Catarina Wallenstein, with a warm up conversation with Felipe Bragança and Catarina Simão
With: Matamba Joaquim, Zia Soares, Catarina Wallenstein, Giovanni Lourenço and Daniel Martinho

Thu 2.9., 19h
Introduction: Didi Cheeka (Lagos Film Society)
Kulba na barna  Brendan Shehu   Nigeria 1992    35mm | OV/EnS | 104 min
Print from National Film, Video and Sound Archive (Jos)

Fri 3.9., 13h
Introduction: Frédéric Maire (Director of Cinémathèque suisse)
Les nomades du soleil (The Nomads of the Sun)   Henry Brandt   Switzerland 1953    DCP | OV/EnS | 44 min
La Suisse s‘interroge (Switzerland ponders)   Henry Brandt   Switzerland 1964   DCP | OV | 22 min
Digitally restored by Cinémathèque suisse

Fri 3.9., 15.15h 
Hussein Shariffe: Of Dust and Rubies
With: Tamer El Said (filmmaker), Eiman Hussein (psychotherapist, daughter of Hussein Shariffe), Talal Afifi (Sudan Film Factory), Haytham El-Wardany (author), Erica Carter (King’s College London) and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Of Dust and Rubies, a Film on Suspension  Tamer El Said   Germany 2020   Digital file | OV | 49 min
Diary in Exile   Atteyat Al Abnoudy, Hussein Shariffe   Sudan 1993  Digital file | OV/EnS | 52 min

Fri 3.9., 18.30h
Living Archive Cairo – The Rafla Collection
With: Ali Atef, Tamer El Said, Maged Nader (Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre), Dana Enani, Randa Megahed and Ihab Rafla
Project presentation with films

Sat 4.9., 14h
Friendship Synergies: The Yugantar Collective
With: Deepa Dhanraj (Yugantar) and Nicole Wolf (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Tambaku chaakila oob ali (Tobacco Embers)   Yugantar   India 1982    DCP | OV/EnS | 25 min
Sudesha   Yugantar   India 1983   DCP | OV/EnS | 33 min (premiere of the digital restoration)

Sat 4.9., 16.30h
Studio Baalbeck
With: Monika Borgman, Ayman Nahle (UMAM Documentation & Research)
Project presentation with films

Sat 4.9., 19h
Guest: Liana Kassir (Nadi Lekol Nas)
Resistance – Why   Christian Ghazi   Lebanon 1971   DCP | OV | 53 min (premiere of the digitization)

Sun 5.9., 16h
The Fifth Wall: Navina Sundaram
With: Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger (pong film)
Project presentation of a digital archive

Sun 5.9., 18.30h
Reading and film screening with Harun Farocki Institut and SAVVY Contemporary
On Africa   Skip Norman   FRG 1970   DCP | OV/ENS | 35 min (premiere of the digitization)

Mon 6.9., 13.45h
Guest: Philip Rizk
Mapping Lessons   Philip Rizk   Egypt 2020  DCP | OV/EnS | 60 min

Mon 6.9., 16.15h
Mediateca Onshore
With: Filipa César, Flora Gomes, Marinho de Pina
Project presentation

Mon 6.9., 18.45
Guest: Flora Gomes
Po di sangui (Tree of Blood)   Flora Gomes   Guinea-Bissau 1996    35mm | OV/GeS | 90 min
Print from Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

Tue 7.9., 14.30h
re-selected #1: CICLÓN vs. HURRIKAN – Two Prints Compared
Guest: Peter Hoffmann (filmmaker, curator), Tobias Hering (curator re-selected)
Ciclón (Cyclone)   Santiago Álvarez   Cuba 1963  16mm | OV/EnS | 22 min
Thanks to Swedish Film Institute
Hurrikan   Santiago Álvarez, Dr. Günther Ketzer (Responsible for the re-edit)  Cuba/FRG 1973   16mm | GV | 12 min
Print from Kino im Sprengel

Tue 7.9., 18h
Jalur suara / Sound Track
Lecture Performance Lisabona Rahman
The Island of Buru   Fritz Schadt, Soemardjono   Indonesia ca. 1973–1976  Digital file | OV | 28 min
Indonesien tanzt   Kotot Sukardi   Indonesien 1958  Digital file  | OV | 28 min

Wed 8.9., 15h
Reframing the portrait: Three films by Sara Gómez
Introduction: Susan Lord (Queen’s University)
Una isla para Miguel (An island for Miguel)   Sara Gómez Cuba 1968   DCP | OV/EnS | 22 min
Guanabacoa: Crónicas de mi familia (Guanabacoa: Chronicles of my family)   Sara Gómez Cuba 1966    DCP | OV/EnS | 13 min
Iré a Santiago (I’m going to Santiago)   Sara Gómez Cuba 1964     DCP | OV/EnS | 15 min
Digitally restored by Vulnerable Media Lab, Queen's University

Mi 8.9., 18h
re-selected #2: FINALLY GOT THE NEWS – Two prints compared
Guest: John Sundholm (Stockholm University), Tobias Hering (curator re-selected)
Finally Got the News   Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis together with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers   USA 1970  Digital file | OV | 55 min
Digital file from Icarus Films
Finally Got the News   Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis together with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers  (shortened by Swedish TV)   USA 1971   16mm | OV | 32 min
Print from private collection

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (open air at Westgarten)

Thu 2.9., 22h
Töchter zweier Welten (Daughters of Two Worlds)   Serap Berrakkarasu   FRG 1990  DCP | OV/EnS | 60 min (premiere of the digital restoration)

Fri 3.9., 21.30h
Ekmek Parasi – Geld für‘s Brot  Serap Berrakkarasu  Germany 1994   DCP | OV/EnS |100 min (premiere of the digital restoration)

Sat 4.9., 22h
Guest: Mohanad Yaqubi
Off Frame aka Revolution until Victory   Mohanad Yaqubi   Palestine/France/Qatar/Lebanon 2016  DCP | OV/EnS | 63 min

Sun 5.9., 21.30h
Guest: Angelika Levi
Mein Leben Teil 2 (My Life Part 2)   Angelika Levi   Germany/Chile 2003  DCP | OV/EnS | 93 min (premiere of the digital restoration)

Mon 6.9., 21.30h
Introduction: Cecilia Cenciarelli (Cineteca di Bologna)
Sambizanga   Sarah Maldoror  Angola/France 1972   DCP | OV/EnS | 96 min
Digitally restored by Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project

Di 7.9., 21.30h
Guest: Luciano Castillo (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos)
De cierta manera   Sara Gómez   Cuba 1974  DCP | OV/EnS | 73 min (German premiere of the digital restoration)

Wed 8.9., 22.00h
Prater   Ulrike Ottinger   Germany/Austria 2007  DCP | OV/EnS | 107 min (premiere of the digital restoration)



SAVVY Contemporary

26.8.–12.9.: "How to find meaning in dead time"
Curated by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis

with works by: Adel Abidin, Anna Kutera, Anri Sala, Bady Dalloul, Bodo Pagels, Clarissa Thieme and Nihad Kreševljaković, Dana Enani, Dorothee Wenner, Filipa César with Sana na N’Hada and Zé Interpretador, Fiona Tan, Haytham El-Wardany, Kamal Aljafari, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo, Martin Ebner, Randa Megahed, Sanaz Sohrabi, Walid Raad, and others.


silent green Kulturquartier

Thu 2.9., 9.30–17.15h
Symposium “After the Archive”
in collaboration with Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

9.30–9.45h Introduction with Sonia Campanini (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst)

Greeting: Andreas Görgen (Director General for Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office)

Transnational Cooperation and Decolonial Strategies in Film Culture Institutions
With: June Givanni (Pan African Cinema Archive), Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum, University of Amsterdam), Erica Carter (King’s College London), Tom Rice (University of St Andrews), Brigitta Kuster (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Rebecca Ohene-Asah (National Film and Television Institute [Accra-Ghana])
Moderation: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Transnational Cooperation and Decolonial Strategies in Film Culture Institutions – Project “Film Culture and Archival Studies” Master’s Program (University of Jos, Nigerian Film Corporation)
With: Chidia Maduekwe (Nigerian Film Corporation), Jeremiah Methuselah (National Film Institute, Nigeria), Tanko Ishaya (University of Jos), Nancy King (University of Jos), Ellen Harrington (DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Didi Cheeka (Lagos Film Society)
Moderation: Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

What Do We Train for? Future Roles in Film Archiving and Curating
With: Ellen Harrington, Michael Loebenstein (Österreichisches Filmmuseum), Nancy King, Juana Suárez (New York University), Pablo La Parra Pérez (Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola), Simone Venturini (Università degli Studi di Udine)
Moderation: Sonia Campanini

Film Curatorship Between Theory and Practice
With: Janet McCabe (Birkbeck University of London), Marc-André Schmachtel (Goethe-Institut), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Madhusree Dutta (Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln), Aboubakar Sanogo (Carleton University, African Film Festival of Ottawa), Jihan El-Tahri (Dox Box)
Moderation: Erica Carter

Arsenal Cinema

Sun 5.9.,11am–3pm
Symposium "The Right to a Public II. The Future of TV Archives"
A continuation of The Right to a Public – Working With TV Archives
Concept by: Vivien Buchhorn, Merle Kröger and Volker Pantenburg
With: Sonju Choi (Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen), Christiane Schleindl (Filmhaus Nürnberg), Marc-André Schmachtel (Goethe-Institut), Kathrin Brinkmann (ZDF/arte), Tim Schmalfeldt (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), as well as Feven Haile, Johanna Boether und Christopher Frye (Johann Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
(In German)

"Found Futures": A Series of presentations on precarious archival projects 

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut

silent green Kulturquartier

Fri 3.9., 10am
Found Futures I: Opening with project presentations and a presentation of the paper "Call for Action and Reflection– On Decolonising Film Archives"
With the authors, Arsenal, Goethe-Institut and Dox Box

Sinema Transtopia

Sat 4.9., 10am
Found Futures II: Archive as Autobiography 
Estates of Hussein Shariffe (Sudan/Egypt), Atteyat Al Abnoudy, Magda Rafla (both Egypt), Korhan Yurtsever (Turkey), Ahmed Bouanani (Morocco) und Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon) 
With Eiman Hussein, Tamer El Said, Talal Afifi, Haytham El-Wardany, Erica Carter, Ihab Rafla, Ali Atef, Dana Enani, Randa Megahed, Maged Nader, Can Sungu, Touda Bouanani, Mohamed Slaoui Andaloussi, Sarah Dornhof, Corinne Wiss, Mathilde Rouxel and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Mon 6.9., 10am
Found Futures III: Archive as Autobiography
„The Fifth Wall“
With Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger
The Baalbeck Studios and „The Tokyo Reels“
With Monika Borgmann, Ayman Nahle, Sandra Schäfer, Mohanad Yaqubi

Tue 7.9., 10am
Found Futures IV: Fossilised Sonicities. On MAPPING LESSONS and Sonic Archives
With SAVVY Contemporary's Colonial Neighbours archive project und SAVVY.doc 

Wed 8.9., 10am
Found Futures V: Closing discussion and joint planning