Contesting Authoritarianism features films that challenge authoritarianism, neoliberalism and (neo)colonialism on both political and aesthetic fronts, proposing social and formal innovations for a cinema that engages with collective action. The films in the program surpass individual heroic narratives to counter long-standing ideologies of inequality and tropes of otherness by proposing transversal approaches to filmmaking from the Global South. What promising emotive and visual strategies exist that can stand against authoritarian ideologies and affects? How can authoritarian populist discourse and communication strategies be subverted? What is needed discursively, figuratively, aesthetically, and emotionally for an internationalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist practice which has the capacity to mobilize political change? Contesting Authoritarianism spans different times and geographies, zooming in on the similarities and differences between authoritarian transformations worldwide, as well as between the struggles against them. It searches for spaces of encounter, solidarity, dissent and resistance to contest authoritarian regimes, movements and ideologies worldwide.

The cinema program is part of the conference “Contesting Authoritarianism. Perspectives from the South” which takes place at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Berlin between 16.05. – 21.05.2022.

Tickets are available now available here. Reserve soon, seating is limited.

Exhibitions will take place on bi’bak SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA
Haus der Statistik – Haus B
Otto-Braun-Str. 72
10178 Berlin

The doors open 30 minutes before the screenings.

Thursday, 28.04.2022 20:00
Director Jorge Sanjinés Italy/Bolivia 1971
90 Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Diego Mondaca. Moderator: Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh

Thursday, 05.05.2022 20:00
Director Elena Khoreva/Denis Klebleyev/Dmitriy Kubasov/Askold Kurov/Nadezhda Leonteva/Anna Moiseenko/Madina Mustafina/Sofia Rodkevich/Anton Seregin/Alexey Zhiriakov Russia 2012
79 Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with R. Y.

Thursday, 12.05.2022 20:00
Specijalni Vlakovi
Special Trains
Krsto Papić, Yugoslavia 1972, 14 min.

Dark Figure
Ole-Kristian Heyer/Patrick Lohse/Marian Mayland, Germany 2020, 16 min.

It’s a Long Way from Amphioxus
Kamal Al Jafari, Germany2019, 25 min.

Cuando el niño andrógino
When the Androgynous Child
Melina Pafundi, Germany/Argentina 2019, 9 min.

OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Dunkelfeld film collective and Kamal Al Jafari

Tuesday, 17.05.2022 20:00

Director Rehad Desai South Africa/Netherlands/Belgium 2019
85 Min., OV with English subs

Thursday, 19.05.2022 20:00
Sarah Maldoror, Angola 1969, 16 min.

Bir Savunma
A Defense
Aylin Kuryel, Turkey/Netherlands 2021, 16 min.

I Signed the Petition
Mahdi Fleifel, UK/Switzerland/Germany 2018, 10 min.

Pavel Mozhar, Germany/Belarus, 2021,26 min.

OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Pavel Mozhar and Aylin Kuryel

Thursday, 26.05.2022 20:00
Director Teresa A. Braggs India 2022
77 Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Teresa A. Braggs

Sponsored by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. Funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

Berke Göl is a film critic and the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s leading independent film magazine Altyazı where he has been working since 2003. He is a member of FIPRESCI and the Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD). He served as a FIPRESCI jury member in numerous festivals, most recently at Berlinale 2022.

Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh is a lens-based artist working at the intersection of urban research and artistic practices. Their recent project Momentography of a Failure builds up a multidisciplinary artistic and urban research platform for digital mapping and artistic collaborations. Fathollahzadeh is currently a Research Fellow with EUME.