What is Cinema?

"It really blew my mind when our class went to the Arsenal cinema for the first time. It was super interesting to see all those old films." (Salim, 11)

"What is Cinema?" is a film education program for children, young people and teachers held at the Arsenal cinema. "What is Cinema?" was initiated by Milena Gregor (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art), Anke Hahn (Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen) and Stefanie Schlüter (a film education specialist).

The idea that the cinema can be a place both to concentrate on the film experience and for lively discussion about films from all periods of film history is at the heart of the "What is Cinema?" program. "What is Cinema?" is about experiencing film in a group situation with all the senses working together, fostering a sensitivity for aesthetic perception, and getting to know the different developments in cinema technology, the various "schools" of historical and contemporary film production and the sheer wealth of different cinematic forms.
The films are shown in their original format (35m or 16mm film copies, digital video) in the cinema. Each event is accompanied by an educational discussion. Participants are invited to look around the projection room following the screening.

Registration for all Film Programs

Milena Gregor
Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
Email: mg(at)arsenal-berlin.de
Telephone: +49-30-26955-131


4 € per person (free entry for guests)


Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
at the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz (basement level)
Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

The "Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen" (museum education) can take your bookings for museum tours.