In a Berlinale Talents edition where dreaming is invitation to freedom of expression, we need to consider the limits sometimes placed on our imagination and the nightmare this constitutes for those concerned. As populist governments keen to engage in culture wars harden their stances, censorship too is on the rise and takes on many forms, intervening throughout the entire chain of production. And filmmakers: if censorship is a state-based or institutionally-led practise, how does it affect artistic decisions or even lead to self-censorship in the worst case? Based on live interventions from our 2021 Talents from South East Asia, and mirrored by an expert of the situation in nowadays' Brazil, this bold session invites everyone to dream harder on both local and global scales, until the nightmare ends.
Anas Sareen is a Swiss screenwriter and dramatist based in Paris. Alongside preparing his first short film as a director, he is currently co-staging a theatre and dance piece with French artist Olivier de Sagazaan, due to be shown at the upcoming Venice Dance Biennale.
Has been a programmer for many festivals in Brazil and currently works for Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF and as the Berlinale delegate for Brazil. Graduated from film school at UFF (Niteroi-BR), and was a film critic and editor for web revues Contracampo and Cinética (98-2011). Was the head of international affairs at Ancine (2011-2016). Has directed three shorts and a feature, all of which were selected for different sections of the Cannes FF.