The phrase “on the move” suggests not only the filmic dramatization of flight, deportation, new beginnings – but also the political dimensions of migration: how are social and cultural relations affected, and what social structures and horizons must be broadened in response? From an aesthetic angle, what responsibilities do filmmakers bear in taking on the refugee experience as a subject? How can one do justice to portraying a lived experience that is often treated with such superficial representations in the media? Lead by the idea that complex problems are best seen from many different angles, this session invites you into an open and interactive exchange to explore cinematic possibilities to representing the refugee situation. Selected participants are invited to present excerpts from their latest work.
Khaled AbdulwahedSyrian visual artist. He started his career in design, specializing in visual communication arts and has several fine art photography and mixed-media exhibitions, in addition to video art screenings in Middle East, Europe and USA. Khaled is Alumnus of the Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2015 and currently living in Berlin.
Jamil JallaBorn in July 1985, he graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts of Kabul University in 2007. After graduation he joined a group of young filmmakers called Jump-Cut Cinematic Group, with whom they made a series of award winning shorts. He has worked on a number of short and feature projects both as creative head and as collaborator. He is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy and Berlinale Talents 2015. He has worked frequently for various TV channels in Afghanistan.
Avo KaprielianSyrian filmmaker. He studied in the Dramaturgy and Theatrical Studies Department of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. Since then, he has worked as a freelance theatre director, photographer, camera operator and translator. Following his debut film, the experimental JUST TWO STEPS TOO, his first feature documentary HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS will feature in this year's Berlinale Forum section.
Philip ScheffnerBorn in Homburg an der Saar, Germany in 1966. He lives in Berlin, where he works as an artist and filmmaker. He runs the production platform pong along with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet, and Caroline Kirberg, and shows his film HAVARIE at this year’s Berlinale Forum section.
Rasha SaltiIndependent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut, Lebanon. She was a programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Salti co-curated a number of film programs centered on Syrian and Arab film and art that toured worldwide and were showcased a.o. at the MoMA in New York, the Musée Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Her articles and essays have been published in The Jerusalem Quarterly Report (Palestine), Naqd (Algeria), MERIP (USA), The London Review of Books (UK), Afterall (US) and Third Text (UK), to cite a few, and she has edited several books.