Radical film at the
dawn of a new society

Radical film
at the dawn of
a new society

Opening Reception

Radical film
at the dawn
of a new

Opening Reception

Wednesday 20:00
Workshop Presentations
Débora Butruce
On August 7, 2020, I accompanied the 9-hour visit of the delivery of the keys of the Cinemateca Brasileira to the federal government. On that occasion, the government promised that in 15 days everything would be resolved and the Cinemateca would resume activities, with its technical staff hired. (more…)
Andrés Felipe Uribe Cárdenas
The communication tactics of the Colombian government in the context of a chronic armed conflict have taken the social media channels to mansplaining ideology on a contemporary massive media level. Founded in 2018, this ready-made video art piece shows the rhetoric of the patriarchal discourse of the so-called “low intensity” war. Here, the army is celebrating Mother’s Day by using soldiers to make fanatical affective statements about the role of women in society using a religious heroic language very much symptomatic of a fascist regime. This cinematographic production makes direct quotations of the spectacular education of American action movies embodied by the military themselves. (more…)
Ifeatu Nnaobi
This talk examines the role of community filmmaking within the communities that the films are made in. Documentary films can play a critical role in building public support and engaging policymakers to advance reforms needed to increase access to justice. Additionally, the act of making films in marginalised communities can be a form of empowerment within those communities. (more…)
Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins uses audio visuals to reflect on the port city of Bristol and its connection to the African Diaspora.


Michael Jenkins is a self-shooting, director, producer and writer of film and TV.He was recently voted among the 100 most influential people in Bristol in the BME power list 2018. An award winning filmmaker, he won Best Short film for ‘Check the Label’ at The Royal Television Society Awards 2018 and won two BBC Local Radio Gillard Awards for the Diversity and Community award categories. He recently directed his first short for CBBC called Topknot or not. Currently part of the BAFTA/BFI Network Crew 2020 as well as a TV Collective Future Breakthrough Leader. A short film he has written and directed – Pickney – funded by the BFI, is currently doing the festival circuit.
Khahliso Matela
Any township with its ‘not-so-temporary’ structural decorum of shacks radiates a claustrophobic air of poverty, contorted dreams and unsavory dilemmas of morality for our survivalist needs. The innocuous inner turmoil experienced often by those who reside here, is eventually externalized in other forms of violence and abandonment. For artists immersed in this existence, there tends to develop a personalized architecture of inner conflict, which then informs the art used to reconfigure all their creative output and responses to crisis. (more…)
Yulia Gilich
Graduate student workers at the University of California were on strike when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. The picket line the strikers held for over a month at the entrance to the university became unsafe and ineffective as all in-person campus operations were halted. Yet, we decided to continue the strike: remote teaching translated into remote striking; the picket line went digital; and disruptions became mediated. (more…)
Şirin Fulya Erensoy
The LGBTI+ community has been the target of Turkish government’s growing hostility. Since 2014, the Istanbul Governor’s Office has banned the Pride March. Yet, LGBTI+ individuals and their allies still gather to celebrate and demand their rights every year. As a result of the relentless hate speech and violence directed at them, LGBTI+ community members have become activists in their own right. (more…)
Merve Namlı
Since the 1960s, there has been more visibility of queer characters and themes in Turkish cinema. The last decade has especially witnessed more daring and authentic storytelling of LGBT+ narratives in contrast to the ever-rising oppression and censorship of the political and social powers.The focus of this short lecture is to outline the transforming representations in queer cinema practices in Turkey. (more…)
Dana Lorenz
The video work Re-Writing Gaze shows five different portrait situations of women* who open up a sensual space in an intimate gaze relationship with the artist. In an examination of the theory of Female Gaze, the work questions conventional looking and being looked at, as well as binary identities. In a re-appropriation of the gaze, her protagonists look back self-confidently at the viewers and thus critically question the canonized image of women* in our collective pictorial memory. (more…)
Mathias Gatti
In the last years a bunch of tech-companies appeared, promising to improve mobility issues in cities around the globe. Eco-friendly and community discourses are part of their strategies. DOCKLESS is a video that exposes the fallacy of these statements and defends the bicycle as a tool for autonomy. The short lecture will show some cuts of the video, introducing what is behind the business of sharing bikes without a dockstation. (more…)
Ainize Sarasola
A contemplation on the question: Why do I keep on making films?


Ainize Sarasola, Artist-Filmaker. I am originally from Orio, a small village in the Basque Country. After studying fine arts in Bilbao I moved to Berlin. I have been here for years now doing movies and art.
Hana Yoo
The project started with inspiration from an experiment conducted on cattle at a dairy farm in Moscow, showing them a virtual image of peaceful grassland on a cow-customized VR headset. The article that describes this experiment implies the VR experiment reduces the anxiety of cows and has shown a possible increase in milk production. (more…)
Achim Lengerer
In 2019 Lengerer visited his friend, the Japanese filmmaker Goh Harrada, in Tokyo. Presenting sketch-footage of the trip, excerpts from Harrada’s digitial films, and excerpts of conversations between Lengerer and Harrada about socially normed conditions of labour, filmmaking as a “small form” of a resistant, amateurish practice in a highly efficient meritocracy, the contribution aims to articulate the complex transcultural negotiations of a long-standing friendship between Frankfurt, Berlin, and Tokyo. (more…)
Miguel Mitlag
A brief description on the process of recording reality with a cheap super 8 camera in the context of digital technology.


Miguel Mitlag, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in Berlin. Film studies at the Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires and photography at I.C.P. New York. Besides experimental and documentary filmmaking, Mitlag is also a Visual Artist and participate regularly in exhibitions. Since 2017 Mitlag runs Carrots Tapes, a music label from Berlin focused on releasing sound artifacts on cassette.
Gargantúa Guerrilla-Projection Magazine
We will explore tactics and methods artists and activists are using projectors in public space to influence and invade with art and political messages. We will take a close look at Gargantúa Guerrilla-Projection Magazine and the research archive being presented, talk about the Latin-American scene of guerrilla projections, its contents, its logics of organization, collaboration, artwork deployment strategies and, yes, guerrilla tactics for arts in the midst of social and political crisis in the region. (more…)
Unidad de Montaje Dialéctico (UMD)
This fragmentary film essay, written in the form of a series of Theses (in the style of Luther’s 95 Theses or Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach), explores the principles of Cavern Cinema, a radical way of making and watching cinema in a (post-)pandemic world.


The Unidad de Montaje Dialéctico (UMD) is a research agency and a faceless artistic collective established in 2020. Their refusal to show their faces and to use proper names stems from a defense of clandestinity and collectivity as a tactic to confront the logic of the spectacle and the industrial-celebrity complex.
Dan Dansen
“Survivor Manifesto – A Journey Into The Unknown” is a politcal video essay on survivorhood. Based on material Dan Dansen has gathered for the feature documentary “Wandering Between Worlds” a multitude of trauma survivor voices casts a wild utopian vision of another society. (more…)
Patricia Silva
Playing with elasticities and elongations of montage, this short work contemplates the visual scales of what passes for social realism in contemporary Western media. To read the news is to climb a mountain of harrowing images only to realize that the reader is really at the bottom of a funnel. This visual study questions the role of iconographies, the malleability of meaning, and the potential spaces within filmic language. (more…)
Ash Moniz
My current research project is based around the abstractions, modes of representability, and constitutions of time that shape the securitization of supply-chain logistics. In doing so, my written and filmic work manifests how the criminalization of transport workers forms a dramaturgical relationship between prop and property, such that cargo (property) operates as a characterizing index (prop) for the worker who’s “responsible” for its potential loss. (more…)
Sohrab Hura
A disorientating and absurd world, where the boundaries between fact and fiction blur, and the undercurrents of hysteria, rage, euphoria and violence lurk beneath the surface, erupting in ever more frequent outbursts. The Lost Head & The Bird explores a frighteningly fast-changing, post-truth world where actions are fueled by appeals to emotions and facts are increasingly ignored. (more…)
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…)
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 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…)