23 lectures about: Political Cinema
Video essayist Kevin B. Lee and the collectivists of the Digital Disarmament Movement rewire the image loops of desktop documentaries and the rules of shooter games. If hacking is an art form, this session testifies to its philosophical power.
Kleber Mendonça Filho temporarily sets his jury duties aside to reflect on filmmaking in Brazil from his multiple vantage points as screenwriter, director, critic and festival organiser and hones in on the mechanics of exclusion he turns inside out in his cinema.
A cinema is more than a room with a screen. Meet film fanatics from Chile, Burkina Faso and the United Arab Emirates keen to learn about founding sustainable community cinemas as safe spaces where encounter, exchange and freedom of expression are guaranteed.
Viola Shafik argues that cinema has always been a tool for collective resistance in the Arab world. Her thesis finds a contemporary example in the latest work of Nadir Bouhmouch, whose documentary is the outcome of a participatory process initiated and driven by those portrayed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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 …