The ALFILM Spotlight is dedicated to Lebanon entitled From Civil War to Chaos: A Tribute to Filmic Resistance. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with the support of Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and under the patronage of Volker Schlöndorff, it sheds light on the abuses and mismanagements that led to the current crisis Lebanon is battling, through the lens of filmmakers who creatively take their destiny into their own hands, transforming trauma and experiences into films and thus actively shaping resistance. A Master Class with documentary filmmaker Eliane Raheb will complement the ALFILM Spotlight.
Without shying away from explosive topics and with great personal commitment, Eliane Raheb (*1972) deals with the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, which ended in 1990. Her political documentaries such as SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (2012) and MIGUEL'S WAR (2021) see themselves as militant, creative interventions against a state-imposed collective amnesia, which, to this day, prevents a public debate about guilt and atonement to take place. Based on protagonists, who are perpetrators and victims, and who, as such, are marked differently by the war, her films offer insights into a deeply divided, confessionally as well as politically fragmented, and traumatized society. The master class, conceived and moderated by Birgit Kohler, focuses on the questions of memory work in films and the possibilities of making a politically committed cinema.
Hosted by Birgit Kohler (co-director of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin)
Sunday, April 24
Start: 5 pm