Thursday, 12 October 2017, 8.30 pm |
Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin
Crop (a Film by Marouan Omar & Johanna Domke, Egypt/Germany/Denmark 2013)
Documentary, 47 min., Arabic with English subtitles
CROP is an absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 – one that includes no images of the popular uprising itself. Filmed entirely within the offices of Al-Ahram, the country’s largest state-run newspaper, the film is a series of carefully composed shots that expose the institution’s functioning and the former regime’s strict control over information. We are listening to the story of an older photojournalist, that missed out on the revolution due to a hospital stay.
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Filming Revolution (Lecture by Alisa Lebow)
Guest: Johanna Domke
Alisa Lebow is a documentary film scholar and filmmaker who received her PhD in Cinema Studies at NYU. She is known for her work on first person film and questions of ‘the political’ in documentary, most recently with her interactive database documentary, Filming Revolution, about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution. Her books include The Cinema of Me (Wallflower, 2012), First Person Jewish (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and A Companion to Contemporary Documentary (co-edited with Alexandra Juhasz, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). She is currently an associated EUME Fellow at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.
Johanna Domke is a visual artist and filmmaker who studied Fine Arts at the Royal Danish
Art Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. She is producing work for a cross-over field between art and cinema with a both structural and socio-political approach. She carried out a number of collaborative projects and participated in artist in residencies at Platform, Istanbul, Townhouse, Cairo and EMPAC, NY.
This Film Screening, the Lecture and Discussion are part of the Arabic Film Series "Beyond Spring", organized by Mayadin Al-Tahrir e.V., EUME and the Werkstatt der Kulturen.