25.02.2020 - Berni Goldblat, Butheina Kazim, Catalina Marín Duarte, Dominga Sotomayor, moderated by Dorothee Wenner
History repeats itself: as was the case in the early days of cinema history, increasing numbers of film fanatics worldwide turn their dreams into reality and run their own cinemas. Film entrepreneurs from Chile, Burkina Faso and the United Arab Emirates, who strive to create spaces where encounter, exchange and freedom of expression are guaranteed, here share the tales of their endeavours. While their motivations, experiences and strategies may contrast when it comes to the nitty gritty aspects of crowdfunding, curating or collective management, all three are united in the common aim of safeguarding traditions, promoting regional culture and ultimately creating synergies in their local communities. Time to learn how to take the cinema into your own hands.
Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.