CINEMA SPACES NETWORK | PRESENTATION | ONLINE
IN COOPERATION WITH THE HUMBOLDT FORUM, BERLIN
What is cinema in the 21st century? Finding answers to this question is long overdue and has taken on a new urgency in these times of pandemic.
The Humboldt Forum, Berlin has invited five experienced initiatives from Africa, to discuss ideas and jointly develop practice-oriented concepts and strategies for the cinema as a place. The think tank focuses on site-specific, feasible and innovative approaches. It is our common vision and ambition in this project to think together cultural, social and political aspects – be it the revival of cinemas that have been closed in the meantime or the invention of new locations for cinema screenings – with sustainable business models.
The Cinema Spaces Network is a pilot project based on the principles of knowledge transfer and exchange of experience in the following areas Research into markets and needs assessment, forms of film presentation and the development of new audience segments. On the one hand, it is about building an inner-African network between the five participating initiatives, but at the same time it is also an attempt to support the individual projects in the existing forms of cultural exchange between the Global South and North.
In order to get things moving, the Cinema Spaces Network must first of all focus on be limited to five initiatives. But: The Cinema Spaces Network does not want to be a club! It is part of our self-image to work transparently from the beginning and with all further activities, with an openness especially for initiatives in Africa, who work similar to the Cinema Spaces Network. But also for strategic partners and supporters who share the passion for and belief in cinema as a magical place for encounters between different social groups.
The five CSN initiatives are:
CINE GUIMBI, Burkina Faso – represented by Berni Goldblat
Courtesy ASCBF (Association de Soutien du Cinéma Burkina Faso)
CINE NA BISO, Democratic Republic of Congo – represented by Tshoper Kabambi
Courtesy of Cine Na Biso
SUDAN FILMMAKERS’ ASSOCIATION, Sudan – represented by Mohamed Awad Farah
Courtesy of the Sudanese Filmmaking Association
SUNSHINE CINEMA, South Africa – represented by Sydelle Willow Smith
Courtesy of SUNSHINE CINEMA
THE NEST COLLECTIVE, Kenya – represented by Njeri Gitungo
Courtesy of THE NEST COLLECTIVE
Moderation: Dorothee Wenner for the Humboldt Forum, Berlin
The presentation will be online on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook by AFRIKAMERA. Active participation requires a pre-registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT 21 NOV 13.00 – 14.30
ART AND CULTURE IN TIMES OF COVID-19 – FILMMAKING IN AFRICA DURING THE PANDEMIC | DISCUSSION | ONLINE
IN COOPERATION WITH WELTFILME e. V.
How does the pandemic affect cultural- and filmproductions in African countries in concrete terms? How and where do filmmakers network with each other when festivals and exchange programs disappear? How is the respective government dealing with the effects on society and culture? Is there governmental/international support?
Five African filmmakers and festival directors from different countries have described their current situation in Corona statements. Young filmmakers from the African countries, who are able to further their education in media projects of Weltfilme e.V. on site, have processed their view of the pandemic in short films. German initiatives, NGO’s and filmmakers have tried to maintain their offers in the African countries during the pandemic.
In cooperation with Weltfilme e.V., filmmakers and festival directors discuss questions on the topic.
With statements from: Dora Bouchoucha (producer, Tunisia); Fatou Kiné Sène, (film critic, Senegal); Laza (filmmaker and festival director Rencontres du Film Court Madagascar); Kivu Ruhorahoza (filmmaker, Rwanda); Ousmane Boundaoné (managing director Ouaga Film Lab, Burkina Faso)
Online-Screening related to the event:
Togo 2020 I OmE I 10 min
„DJÉ AYÉ“ ” is one of 30 films that were created in the RIGHT ON! project of WELTFILME.org.
Moderation: Uta Rügner (AFRIKAMERA), Frank Domhan (Weltfilme e.V.)
The discussion event took place online at Zoom & is streamed live on Facebook.