Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7.30 pm |
Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin 

On the Poetics of Young Arab Documentary

In cooperation with Mayadin Al-Tahrir e.V. and the Werkstatt der Kulturen

Film: Birds of September (Tuyur Aylul)
by Sarah Francis
Documentary, 2013, Lebanon/Qatar, 99 min, Arabic with English subtitles

A City Symphony of Beirut: A glassed van roams the streets of Beirut, home to a camera that explores the city behind the glass. Along the way, several people are invited to share a personal moment in this moving confessional. Each one comes as a face, a body, a posture, a voice, an attitude, an emotion, a point of view, a memory. Their confessions are true, blunt, and intimate. However, soon enough, the van roams Beirut; restlessly looking for something, for someone.

Irit Neidhardt has been working as free-lance author, curator and teacher in the field of cinema and the Middle East since 1995. In 2002 she founded mec film. She is author of numerous articles about Arab cinema as well as co-producer of several Arab documentary films. Moreover, she is a member of the German Association of Arthouse Theatres (AG Kino-Gilde), the German Documentary Association (AG Dok), the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) as well as the advisory board of the German edition of the Global Media Journal and of the editorial board of German Quarterly inamo (Information Project Near and Middle East).