For seven years, the Arab Film Festival Berlin (A.K.A. ALFILM) has provided Germany with its largest platform for Arabic films. It is a non-commercial festival which focuses on artistically and thematically significant films from the Arab world. Many of the films chosen have their European or German premiers at the festival and there is something for everyone with feature films, documentaries, and short films from or produced in Arab countries shown around the city. In addition to films, there are retrospectives of significant Arab filmmakers, panel discussions, performances, lectures, and children screenings. There is also a Spotlight feature which in 2016 focuses on “Cousins. Jewish-Arab identities in postcolonial cultural discourse” which examines the Jewish-Arab identity in both contemporary and historical feature and documentary films. There is a wide range of different subjects, genres, and styles to choose from at this festival, and in a time of mass migration to Germany from the Arab world, ALFILM provides a unique opportunity for insight.
April 6th-13th, 2016
Highlights of the Week:
- Short Films Compilation: (No) Escape(Sat 9.4. 21.00 Arsenal/ Mon 11.4. 22.00 fsk)
- A program of five shorts revolving around the theme of “escape”. Some of the reasons for escape are external, others internal, but all of the protagonists are seeking something different than their normal lives.
- Screening: Experimental Film and Video Art (Sun 10.4. 21.00 TAK)
- Panel Discussion Spotlight 2016: Arab Jews in postcolonial cultural discourse – who is representing whom? (Fri 8.4. 19.00 Arsenal)
- A discussion of Jewish-Arab identities in film, where they originate and how does is it represented in art. Also how does this relate to postcolonial theory. The issues will be discussed by a panel of experts.
- Special Screening: Seeing the Self (Sun 10.4. 15.30 TAK)
- The result of two video storytelling workshops at the Bekaa Valley and Beirut with Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Lebanese youths are highlighted in this screening. ALFILM is screening eighteen films, which comprise of personal stories turned into short films. The leader of the workshops in Lebanon, Sabine Choucair, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
This festival is jammed packed with interesting films, far too many than is possible to be highlighted here. Don’t miss out and be sure to check out the official facebook page for updates.