Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie): Situated Histories: Das kleine Fernsehspiel in the World

silent green presents

With the festival Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie), silent green takes the archive of Das kleine Fernsehspiel as the starting point for a historical retrospective, a description of the state and the question of the future of auteur film with events, an exhibition and a symposium. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the ZDF editorial office and the Arsenal Archive, television and film heritage will be commemorated together for the first time.


In the context of the Festival the symposium Situated Histories: Das kleine Fernsehspiel in the World will explore the multifaceted role of German television funding in the development of networks and infrastructures of filmmaking within select international contexts. Over the course of its 60 year history, Das kleine Fernsehspiel, a publically funded series on the German television channel Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [Second German television, ZDF], has been rightly celebrated within Germany and internationally for its crucial role in financially supporting the production of innovative narrative and documentary films by young and up-and-coming filmmakers, many of whose first or second film appeared thanks to German television funding. The channel’s funding actions are guided by its mandate as part of the German public broadcasting system to support work with social relevance to a democratic society. The production history of Das kleine Fernsehspiel attests to the fact that their commitments were not limited by national boundaries.

Although playing a crucial role in facilitating the development of the New German Cinema in the 1960s and '70s, German feminist cinema in the 1970s and '80s, Turkish- and Kurdish-German cinema from the 1980s-2000s and the so-called Berliner Schule in the 1990s and 2000s, Das kleine Fernsehspiel has also continually looked beyond Germany for filmmakers with promising new projects that thematically and aesthetically push the boundaries of contemporary filmmaking. As a result German television funding has contributed to film productions by such significant international filmmakers as Valeria Sarmiento and Raul Ruiz (Chile); Yeşim Ustaoğlu (Turkey); Charles Burnett, Haile Gerima, Jim Jarmusch, Yvonne Rainer (USA); Elia Sulieman (Palestine/Israel); Safi Faye (Senegal); Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon); Mani Kaul (India); Merzak Allouache (Morocco); Andrzej Wajda (Poland); John Akomfrah and Stephen Dwoskin (UK); Atteyat El Abnoudi (Egypt); and Rithy Panh (Cambodia).


Organised by  Alexandra Schneider and Marc Siegel (Film Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)


Saturday, November 18 + Sunday, November 19
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Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie) is a project of silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH in cooperation with Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. With the kind support of the ZDF editorial department Das kleine Fernsehspiel. Supported by Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.