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20 lectures about: Political Cinema


Continental Drift: New Views on Africa

10.02.2019

What's right and wrong is a matter of perception. Young filmmakers and artists from Lesotho, South Africa and Spain debate changing perceptions and question contradictory representations of Africa, which drift in and out of the continent.

  • Screenwriting
  • Activism
  • Migration
  • Political Cinema
  • Central- & South Africa
  • BT Alumni




Facts Made Film: Researching Fiction

12.02.2019

Chart the metamorphosis of facts into fiction with the directors and actors from festival contenders God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya (Competition) and Skin (Panorama), both of which tell stories deeply rooted in their respective national and political contexts.

  • Berlinale Competition
  • Berlinale Panorama
  • BT Alumni
  • Acting
  • Screenwriting
  • Political Cinema




Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive Series

11.02.2019

Just how tricky can online storytelling get? Talent Alumni Bass Breche and Amin Dora, the Lebanese architects of numerous interactive web series talk about the intricacies of online storytelling and share tales of financing and censorship with the audience.

  • BT Alumni
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Web Series
  • Low Budget
  • Political Cinema
  • Middle East
  • censorship




World Building Live: Alternate Histories of our Future

11.02.2019

A group of experts from the fields of architecture, design, international development and social innovation engage with Talents and the audience in a hands-on workshop to visualize an alternate history of our present and recreate the future.

  • Worldbuilding
  • Production Design
  • Architecture
  • Collaborative Working
  • Human Rights
  • Innovation
  • New Technology
  • Political Cinema




Berlinale Talents: Mistakes

10.02.2019

It’s hardly a mistake to question aspects of a beloved art. International Jury members from the fields of acting, directing, curating and film criticism get together to face up to their personal mishaps and faults in the film world. Don’t let this chance for a collective catharsis go by!

  • Jury
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Journalism
  • Collaborative Working
  • Political Cinema
  • Storytelling




Chew on This: Time to Reveal Truth

19.02.2018

On fast food, prison, drugs or nuclear bombs, Eric Schlosser is a tracking dog with a sensitive nose for power, politics and other machinations. He shares his insights into how his prying investigative research jumps from the page to become mind-changing films (Food, Inc.).

  • Political Cinema
  • Screenwriting
  • Sustainability
  • Documentary
  • Activism
  • Human Rights




Crossing Bridges: Reinventing Your Art Form

21.02.2018

Mischa Leinkauf, one half of media and installation artist duo Wermke/Leinkauf, discusses how he keeps his unruly street art aesthetic fresh and his art world beneficiaries thirsting for more.

  • Art
  • Performance
  • Political Cinema
  • Low Budget
  • Hybrid




Songs from the Past: Films Travel in Time

22.02.2018

In Berlin to premiere his four hour-long musical in Competition, Lav Diaz contemplates how awakening the ghosts of the past can lend meaning to the secrets of our existence.

  • Directing
  • Berlinale Competition
  • Screenwriting
  • Musical
  • Political Cinema




Visual Storytelling: A World Behind the Image

20.02.2018

Uncovering the stories behind images, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield and video essayist Kevin B. Lee investigate the potentials of visual culture as well as the social forces trying to shape our imaginations.

  • BT Alumni
  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Cross / Trans Media
  • Documentary
  • Cross / Trans Media
  • Political Cinema




Pleasant Surprises: Stories Left to Be Found

14.02.2017

Spanish director Isabel Coixet presents her brand new short It’s Not That Cold Siberia, an ode to writer and artist John Berger, and her joyful experience that the best inspirations often come from chance encounters on the road.

  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Political Cinema
  • Storytelling




Between the Lines: Film, Critique

15.02.2017

Turkish directors and journalists consider how both their films and publications can be breeding grounds for stories and the exchange about truth and critique in turbulent times.

  • Film Critique
  • censorship
  • Political Cinema
  • Directing
  • Journalism
  • Human Rights




Your Engagement Has Consequences

16.02.2017

Making space tangible by situating the viewer within it, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s works challenge his audience to take personal responsibility for the consequences of shaping spaces, as well as ideas.

  • Jury
  • Art
  • Experimental
  • Political Cinema




Doc Different: Co-Producing Culture

13.02.2017

Filmmakers, curators, bloggers and specialists for audience engagement consider how the web enables us to rethink documentary production as an ongoing holistic process of creating impact and democratic cultural exchange long before the release of the film.

  • Berlinale Forum
  • Distribution
  • Art
  • Political Cinema
  • Migration




Shock of the Real: History As Provocation

16.02.2017

Presenting this year at the Berlinale a fictional portrait of Karl Marx and a doc about race in America, Haitian director Raoul Peck uses cinema to illuminate alternate historical realities.

  • Berlinale Special
  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Film History
  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Political Cinema




To the Dark Side: Investigative Documentary

18.02.2016

Known for tackling unsavory subjects obscured by power and corruption, Acadamy Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney joins Talents to share his strategies to discover hidden truths.

  • Berlinale Competition
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Activism
  • Creating Impact
  • Political Cinema
  • censorship




No Time to Remember: Films on the Move

14.02.2016

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…

  • Activism
  • Political Cinema
  • regional focus
  • Storytelling




Talents Teddy Talk: The Finally New Queer Cinema?

18.02.2016

Since its inauguration in 1987, the Teddy Award has made the Berlinale a home for queer cinema. It stands for the recognition of the many facets of a cinema that resists sexual stereotypes and any kind of heteronormativity. To celebrate the Teddy’s…

  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Screenwriting
  • Queer
  • Activism
  • Creating Impact
  • feminism
  • Gender Equality
  • Identity
  • Political Cinema
  • Production




Migratory Narratives: The Future World of the Refugee Camp

14.02.2016

Acclaimed production designer Alex McDowell considers with humanitarian experts, VR specialists and people with first-hand experiences the nature of elements of a refugee camp to offer a new approach to understand these complex universes.

  • Worldbuilding
  • Storytelling
  • Creating Impact
  • Migration
  • Political Cinema




Mysterious Nature

14.02.2016

Filmmaker Denis Côté (Competition 2016: Boris without Béatrice) reflects on his enigmatic movies, how he connects with mysterious characters and why a question can be the better answer in the dialogue with an audience.

  • Directing
  • Berlinale Competition
  • Mystery
  • Political Cinema
  • Storytelling




Changing Perspectives: The Arab World Defining Its Future

16.02.2012

The current changes that the Arab world is undergoing are immense and unpredictable, bringing up many quintessential questions about the fundamentals of societies in the Middle East and Northern Africa. This panel will grapple with how some of these …

  • Political Cinema
  • Activism
  • feminism