23.02.2020 - Didi Cheeka, Filipa César, Tamer El Said, moderated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Film as a medium plays an increasingly important role in fashioning historical memory. Yet curating the past is no straightforward affair, especially if the aim is decolonisation. Whether it be the tricky question of preservation and restoration of stock material or the problem of interpretation and contextualisation of its content, film provides us with a fantastically flexible object through which to raise questions about the composition of collective memory. Filmmakers and archivists screen recently discovered film heritage from Egypt, Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau and reflect on the importance cinema plays for them in fighting against collective amnesia.
A curator at the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin and the head of the Berlinale Forum Expanded section, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is also the co-founder and a board member of the Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Frankfurt/Main.