The accompanying film program from 8th – 10th of June 2021 is provided in cooperation with two projects at the film department of the Goethe-University Frankfurt – the DAAD project "Archival Studies Master Program Jos" and the BMBF project "CEDITRAA - Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia". The films are distributed by Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin.
All films will be available by Vimeo link from 8 to 11 June (calendar days acoording to CET summer time). Please use this link and watch the films whenever it suits you best:
REASSEMBLAGE (USA 1982, D: Trinh T. Minh-ha)
In this documentary, director Trinh T. Minh-ha distills sounds and images from the everyday lives of villagers in Senegal, resisting the ethnological need to explain the "other" by resorting to explicit attributions. A critique of the ethnological viewpoint and documentary authority.
Running Time: 40 min. | Version: OmU - English with subtitles
LA ZERDA ET LES CHANTS DE L'OUBLI (DZA 1982, D: Assia Djebar)
For LA ZERDA ET LES CHANTS DE L'OUBLI Algerian writer Assia Djebar changed professions in order to recapitulate the colonialization of the Maghreb using French newsreels. The film employs montage to search for the truth in these "images of a killing gaze", a truth which they pointedly do not show: the "resistance behind the mask".
Running Time: 59 min, | Version: OmU – Arabic with English subtitles
LES MISÉRABLES (SDN 2006, D: Gadalla Gubara)
Despite his loss of sight, Gadalla Gubara continued to work and shot his final film at the age of 87 with the help of his daughter Sara. The experimental film is an adaption of Victor Hugo's famous novel. Gubara found the situation of the people in Sudan comparable to that portrayed in the novel.
Runnning Time: 105 min. | Version: OmU – Arabic with English subtitles
Mueda: Memoria e massacre (MOZ 1979, D: Ruy Guerra)
The film depicts an anti-colonial work on memory, a re-enactment played by amateurs of the massacre of Mueda that was carried out by Portuguese soldiers on 16th June 1960 when they opened fire on demonstrators, killing hundreds. This was the catalyst for the anti-colonial movement and popular theater started exploring it in 1968, while the war of independence (1964 - 1974) was still going on.
Running Time: 75 min. | Version: OmU – Portuguese/ Makonde with English subtitles
The DAAD-TNB-Project "Archival Studies Master Program Jos"
Since the end of 2018, the DAAD-funded project "Archival Studies Master Program Jos" has been running at the Institute of Theatre, Film and Media Studies (TFM) of Goethe University Frankfurt under the direction of Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger (Professor of Film Studies) and in cooperation with the University of Jos as well as the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). Modeled on the Frankfurt Master's program "Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation", which the Institute for TFM has been offering together with the German Film Institute since 2013, the master’s program "Film Culture and Archival Studies" in Jos, Nigeria, was launched at the end of 2019. In the future, up to 25 students per year will be trained in this program to become academic specialists for media archives and institutions of film culture.
Within the framework of the DAAD project, institutional partners in Germany and Nigeria are supporting the development of the program over the course of four years. In cooperation with the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum, the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, the Lagos Film Society and the National Film, Video and Sound Archive in Nigeria (NFVSA), the development work includes fellowships for lecturers from Jos with institutional partners in Germany, co-teaching between lecturers from Goethe University and the University of Jos, as well as technical workshops by specialist staff from the film archives of the DFF and Arsenal for students and archive staff in Jos. Starting in 2021, up to three students from the program in Jos will also have the opportunity to study abroad in Frankfurt as part of a DAAD scholarship. In addition, up to six students in the master's program can be supported locally with scholarships.
Further information about the project can be found here:
The BMBF Project CEDITRAA - Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia
In April 2021, the joint project of Goethe University (GU) Frankfurt and Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz titled "CEDITRAA - Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia" started under the project management of Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger. In the project, which is funded by the BMBF, the regional studies centers from the Rhine-Main University Network are working together for the first time in an interdisciplinary research assignment – at Goethe University the Center for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF) and the Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies (IZO), and at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Center for Intercultural Studies (ZIS).
The research team, which is composed of economists, African studies, Korean studies, sinology, ethnology, and film studies, is investigating how digitization is changing cultural production in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia. This is done using music and film as examples of cultural expressions of an immaterial nature. Cultural production in Nigeria and South Korea – two countries whose cultural production is no longer dominated by the products of the U.S. culture industry – will be examined. The Frankfurt and Mainz researchers are interested in the extent to which the new cultural industries with supra-regional reach are becoming a factor in the economic development of their regions of origin.
(More information will be available soon on the project website at www.ceditraa.net.)