Radical film at the
dawn of a new society

Radical film
at the dawn of
a new society


Radical film
at the dawn
of a new


25.–28. August 2021
Atelier Gardens
Oberlandstraße 26-35, Berlin

Covid Disclaimer: Please note that this is an open air event. We will follow the current Covid regulations. Please make sure you are tested negative, vaccinated or a suitable equivalent, and have a certificate to present. Please wear your mask, keep your distance and look out for each other. Thank you!

Wednesday, 25.08.2021
Wednesday 20:00
Workshop Presentations

Thursday, 26.08.2021
Thursday 15:00 - 16:00
With Alexandra Weltz-Rombach (producer, director), Andreas Reihse (script)
Cast: Eray Egilmez, Anna Schumacher, Grace Guthrie and introducing Nika Djordjadze-Reihse


(registration required, register@radicalfilm.net, free)
Please note: This event will take place in German


Antifa for All is a film project with different narrative levels. Conceptually a hybrid of documentary and feature film, it interweaves three narrative strands: 1. scenic documentary, 2. historical documentary and 3. playfully staged.


Thursday 15:00 - 18:00
Everywhere Film School
Everywhere Film School is a free school activist initiative run by film workers that launches this Radical Film Meeting. It plans to grow a community worldwide in giving access to filmmaking skill-sets through a Discord server. We are especially looking for volunteer filmmakers to propose future workshops. (more…)
Thursday 15:30 -16:30
Magda Malinowska
I am currently making a documentary about Amazon warehouse workers from Poland, Germany and the USA. I myself have been working in Amazon FC in Poland for 6 years, taking active part in workers struggles. In the film, I focus on the transnational employee organizing, the challenges and the constraints we face and how they affect us and our relatives. (more…)
Thursday 16:30 - 17:30
Leftvision, Docs for Democracy, ver.di TV
Politically engaged filmmaking has undergone some profound changes in the last decades, on the formal level as well as the question of production and distribution. What remains is the notion to inform, create Gegenöffentlichkeit and provide a critical narrative that cannot be found in mainstream discourse. (more…)
Thursday 16:45 - 17:45
Emre Birismen
It was 2014 – I was in a military hospital because of a strange illness – when I promised to myself that I would gather the energy to produce my first film. This strong motivation was the result of events in Turkey in 2013 – such as the Gezi uprising and the corruption scandal from December 17th to 24th. Both sparked my interest in creating dystopian settings to portray the collective fear of Turkish society.


Thursday 18:00 - 19:00
Vangjush Vellahu  
In this work “Fragments II” Vellahu documents the present situation of four unrecognized territories, giving a more personal testimony to the multi-layered histories of these forgotten entities. It is a complex topic involving international actors whose active/passive approach determines how these entities continue to coexist. (more…)
Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Thursday 20:30 – 00:30
Tobias Gralke
The presentation explores and analyses images of post-climate crisis futures that circulate in political web videos as part of the current Global Northern climate discourse. Starting from the observation that many of these images resemble each other, they are further discussed against the background of ‘imaginal climate politics’. (more…)
Jaana Davidjants
Social media is becoming a central stage for different forms of storytelling, including visual stories of war. The talk will explore the role of visuals of conflict with the focus on the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh-War. The images were collected from Instagram (under the hashtag #ArtsakhStrong) to study the themes put forward by Armenians, and their contestation by Azerbaijanis, who also inserted themselves into the narrative. (more…)
Epoy Deyto
From July to September 2019, an edition of the touring film screening program, Cinemaralita, was held at the heart of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City in the midst of threats of demolition of the urban poor settlement. Founded in 2012 by the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines (UPRCP), the 2019 edition of Cinemaralita was organized by UPRCP), the San Roque chapter of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap or KADAMAY (Federation of Mutual aid of the Poor) – a national alliance of associations and organizations from the Urban Poor sector, along with the Save San Roque alliance and SIKAD, a cultural organization which promotes urban poor rights. Since 2015, Cinemaralita are being held by UPRCP and SIKAD on various venues. (more…)
Özge Çelikaslan, Philip Rizk, Sebastian Lütgert
For some decades now, the documentation of social protests via video footage has become widespread. A lot of this footage never reached a broader audience. The video archives bak.ma and 858.ma are initiatives to gather activist video footage and make this accessible to the public. This is a valuable source for researchers and historians alike, but what impact do these hours of unedited material have to the social struggles themselves? (more…)

Friday, 27.08.2021
Friday 15:00 - 18:00
Juli Saragosa
What kinds of hierarchies exist post #metoo? How can we structure authority in filmmaking so we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past? And what potential does non-hierarchical filmmaking hold in disrupting patriarchy? Is truly non-hierarchical filmmaking even possible? (more…)
Friday 15:00 - 17:00
Alternative Fictions
In the act of documenting, power dynamics emerge between storytellers, those whose stories are being told and the audiences consuming them. Filmmakers frequently take an authoritative role over the stories of others. This power becomes evident when their vision, as artist and author, conflicts with those sharing their stories, sometimes leading to decisions that compromise trust, cross ethical boundaries and, at times, put people in precarious situations. (more…)
Friday 17:00-19:00
Rojeh Khleif
Rojeh Khleif is a Palestinian film producer and cultural project manager based in Haifa and Berlin. He founded the Haifa Independent Film Festival in 2016, and acts as its director. The festival was the first of its kind that introduced films from Palestine and the Arab world to a Palestinian audience in Haifa. To this day, the festival continues to create a new cultural prism in the Middle East. (more…)
Friday 15:30 - 16:30
Michelle-Marie Letelier
Transpose is an ongoing project that explores cross-hemispherical relations with regard to different tensions: the kinship, insertion, farming and impact of salmon; the anthropocentric management and manipulation of living marine resources, and the coexistence and disappearance of indigenous knowledge, from origin to destination in the contemporary context. (more…)
Friday 16:45 - 17:45
Christine de la Garenne
The video installation documents the approach to a foreign culture through the confrontation with Cuban everyday life and the Afro-Cuban religion that is firmly anchored in it. The important role of religious ceremony in human coexistence is as much a theme as the fusion of the present and ancestor worship. (more…)
Friday 18:00 - 19:00
Regina de Miguel
Who owns the natural resources and who receives their profits? How do wage labour and exploitation shape our relations with the earth and our relations with each other? How does the acceleration of digital processes counteract the slowness of geological processes? The artist Regina de Miguel asks herself these questions based on the regions of Chocó in Colombia and Rio Tinto in Spain. (more…)
Friday 20:30 - 00:30
Andrea Culkova
What does it mean to be radical? Is there anything like free will or are we living in a society where we are all infected by “normosis” and we are stuck forever? How can we respond to the climate crisis? Let’s find out where your own personal line between an acceptable radicality and something beyond your inner limits is! Let’s discover together how environmental crisis-induced anxiety is producing new rebels! (more…)
Kaleem Aftab
Advances in camera technology and filming on mobile phones have allowed migrants to film their own experiences in broadcast quality. How has this changed the way stories of, and about migrants are told in cinema? For decades, migrant stories have been a bedrock in cinema, but films have been beholden to the market gaze, catering their stories for the American and European public. (more…)
Samira Makki
As contemporary crises manifest in the realm of the hyper-visible, there arises a need to scrutinize the interventionist potential of images imbuing the public sphere beyond their mediative function. In this presentation, I contend with the notion of “safety” and the ways through which it has been perceived and propagated through two Instagram profiles, that of Remie Akl, a female visual artist known for her “daring” aesthetics, and another page run by Egna Legna Besidet, a community of female migrant workers based in Lebanon. (more…)
Curated together with Terrassen, Denmark
Arts of the Working Class presents for the first time in Germany, with the kind courtesy of Terrassen (Denmark), the experimental films of Edward Owens: Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967) and Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts (1968-70). In the midst of the preparations of its 18th Issue, Arts of the Working Class sees many layers of meaningful distraction and awareness in Owens’ films in regards to the notions of care in intimate and public spaces. (more…)

Saturday, 28.08.2021
Saturday 15:00 —
Arts of the Working Class
THE PARA-REAL: Finding the Future in Unexpected Places
Link: https://tv.undersco.re


Synopsis: The Hologram’s online work began almost exactly after the moment when the day before became “life before.” And when we sat, minds racing in our homes and thinking and fearing the unthinkable, the Hologram was already in motion. One part art, one part activism and one part science fiction, Cassie Thornton, Shawn Chua and Lauren Klein describe their process of seizing and repurposing platforms to create a desperately needed and blossoming practice based support structure. (more…)
Saturday 15:00 - 16:30 —
Marc Allen Herbst, Andrea Culkova, Julia Lazarus, Paolo Podrescu
When the ecologies of our earth change, so do the ways we live on it. Our habits and routines, our individual and common horizons and also the oil, gas and food logistics– that are politically supported by parties interested in particular ways of being in this world– are in flux. (more…)
Saturday 15:30 - 16:30 —
Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong
After shooting the pilot episode of Days—an adaption of the American soap opera Days of Our Lives—we are now developing the forthcoming season. Various collaborations redirect libidinally driven storylines towards some of the concerns of Berlin’s precariat: the nature of abstract, emotional and unpaid labor. We share some of our process through a trailer, a talk, and staged melodrama.  (more…)
Saturday 16:45 - 17:45 —
Maru Mushtrieva & Emilia Kurylowicz
The Semi-Show is a trash TV absurdist talk show revolving around the notion of “semi-”. A playful expression of feminism, reflecting on contemporary power-structures, affective hierarchies and naked politics: semi-sexual, semi-local, semi-interactive, semi-expertise. Half-way interrupted formats follow one another. The show moves through virtual imagery inviting the audience to follow masterclasses, absurd games and the band’s performance compressed into a one minute span. (more…)
Saturday 17:00 - 18:00 —
Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Daniel Mutibwa, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach, Faye Campbell (K-Verlag)
The Radical Film Network Berlin presents its upcoming publication project in cooperation with K-Verlag.


K. Verlag is a Berlin-based publishing atelier advancing new forms of the book-as-exhibition. We collaborate internationally with artists, writers, and institutions to develop carefully selected, bespoke publications by applying a curatorial-editorial approach. (more…)
Saturday 18:00 - 19:30 —
Bela Brillowska and Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska and Bela Brillowska are showing a selection of their surrealistic-comic films, which are independently commissioned. The world of the professor and mother Mariola, who has been experimenting with film media for over 30 years, meets that of the very young, 16-year-old student and daughter Bela, who already won awards for her debut film “Artist Talk” 4 years ago. (more…)
Saturday 18:00 - 20:00 —
Saturday 20:30 – 00:30 —
Elske Rosenfeld
Harun Farocki’s film Hard Selling was scheduled to be shown on East German TV one month before its dissolution at the end of 1991. It was, however, never shown and never completed. In the film, Farocki looks at a West German adidas salesman as he looks at the East through car and shop windows. In her re-framing, Rosenfeld looks back at both from an East perspective, some 30 years on. Responding to the film stills, fragments of conversations and announcement texts of Farocki’s film, she mobilizes the figure of the “window” as a frame to submit the conversations and gazes at shop windows, screens and trainers to a poetic-analytical editing.  (more…)
Chrystèle Nicot & Antoine Alessandrini
PRAAB (Programme de Réhabilitation à l’Amitié et à l’Amour par le Bureau) is a nonlinear fiction video game accessible online, shaped during the pandemic and imagined for anyone nostalgic about office culture. Through endless caricatural conversations about birthday cake or coffee breaks, and before venturing back into real-life workspaces, you might recover your social skills while relearning how to interact physically with a colleague.  (more…)
Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Neda Sanai, Anita Beikpour
Instead of reaching out to be rejected, tokenized or stepped over, DNA organizes, takes ownership, and creates communal agency. In this case, the collective is a feminist strategy that cancels the singular artist model as a producer of finished art commodities.
Keiken is a collaborative practice, co-founded by artists Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos in 2015, who frequently work with multiple collaborators. Based between London and Berlin, they come from mixed diasporic backgrounds (Mexican/Japanese/European/Jewish). They are building a collective shared space of virtual worlds, a Metaverse. (more…)

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