The incursion of a new digital reality into our physical lives pushes us to rethink the relationship to our bodies and the encounters with those of others. In this session director and actor Welket Bungué, whose latest work Mudança is part of this year's Forum Expanded, interacts with Natascha Noack, traveller between the realms of dance, movement, language and film. In a physically, yet not socially distanced meeting they will share clips from Welket's films and performances in order to explore a body of work in multiple roles, deeply rooted in the geographical and political triangle of Portugal, Brazil and Guinea Bissau. Questions revolving around the impact of the performing body in social-political dynamics, the deliberations attached to representations of black bodies and the (im)possibility of unencumbered movement will fuel the understanding of Welket's Self Portraying Cinema.
Welket Bungué is an actor and director born in Guinea-Bissau and now based in Berlin. He is a member of the Portuguese Film Academy and the Deutsche Filmakademie. His films have been screened internationally at festivals such as Africlap, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Afrikamera and DocLisboa. He directed the short films I AM NOT PILATUS, ARRIAGA and BASTIEN. He played Franz Biberkopf in BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, screened at the 2020 Berlinale.
Natascha Noack is a researcher at the intersections of movement, language, film and music. Besides working as a performer, choreographer and teacher, she translates films and performance theory, conceptualises site-specific and topic-related somatic movement sessions in different contexts, and works as a voice-over artist. She is also a film curator and a member of the selection committee for Generation at the Berlinale.