TQU is very happy to invite you to our very first Short Film Night! If you have missed our last two events – they’ve been very cosy and friendly, fun and entertaining and we will continue on this path.
Next to showing four amazing films: Yumma, Va-Bene, I Could Be Her She Could Be Me and Queer Sind Wir (all in English or with English subtitles) that deal with questioning gender and traditional gender roles in Jordan, Ghana, France and Germany/Berlin – this Friday we will have Brenda Jorde, one of the film makers at the event, who will tell you about her film Va-Bene, you can meet Marc who will support organizing our upcoming events and Marc and Verena will tell you a bit about how you can get involved in this event series in the future.
There will be drinks and you are very much invited to hang out with us and talk to us or your friends after the screenings.
TQU Tresen: 30.11.2018 & every last weekend of the month
At: FAQ Laden: Antisexistischer Infoladen Neukölln, Jonasstraße 40, 12053 Berlin, Germany
From: 7pm to midnight
smoke free during screeninings
Yumma is a 23 minutes long Arabic documentary centered around first-person stories about the relationship between three Arab mothers and their sons. Delving in the impact of social stigma on family relations, Yumma presents the family as an area where solidarity can be exercised and #acceptances can be practiced, to defend the autonomy of individuals over their bodies.
This is a zerobudget project based on voluntary work.
Musa Al-Shadeedi, the film maker, was born in Baghdad in 1992 and finished their schooling in psychology from Amman Ahlya University in 2016. They lived their childhood under the rule of Saddam Hussein, and saw the intervention of US troops in the country to overthrow the regime under the guise of promoting “freedom.” They were able to turn their visual art and writing to a vessel that carries the voices of the subaltern. They published their latest book titled “The nonnormatve sexuality in Arab cinema” (in Arabic) in 2018. They founded Cinamji, an initiative dealing with body and sexuality in the Arab cinema in 2017,and they are the Arabic editor of My.Kali magazine.
Va-Bene is a performance artist who criticizes and draws attention to the restrictive and religious approach to gender that is present in Ghanaian society. This portrait is focused on his performance of femininity, which seeks to challenge and subvert Ghanaian perceptions of what it is to be a woman. Va-Bene shows that you can be an ally through art, and fight for what you think is right.
Brenda Jorde is a German student living in Berlin. Her father is Ghanaian and until the age of 12 she often visited him in Ghana, but since then she has not been back. In 2017, She made the decision to travel to Ghana again to find out about the country, culture and people.
The 6 short films I created are a 0-budget and one woman production.
Although it is possible to find stories of independent, smart and active Ghanaian woman and men it is often the case that mainstream narratives about Africa focus on poverty and inequality and show people as passive victims. I wanted to challenge this stereotype and find inspiring people that speak up and question traditions/gender/ religion/conventions… Through friends, family and chance encounters I got in contact with people from different parts of society who were happy to talk to me on camera. Va-Bene is one of them.
I could be her she could be me
A beautiful digital storytelling project by Delphine Kermorvant, titled “I could be her, she could be me.”
Delphine is a photographer working on memory, heredity, transmission, and gender. She’s lived in Berlin for 10 years.
QUEER SIND WIR
What is queer? Is it political? Is it identitarian? Is it an aesthetic, a posture? Is it intersectional, is it sexual? In this film collage, Sanni Est interviews 7 queer subjects speaking freely on community, privilege, post-colonialism and more with the intention to raise questions to the viewer rather than giving definitions.
Sanni Est is a Brazilian transgender multi-media artist based in Berlin. As of August 2017 she started making music videos and experimental short documentaries for her trans*feminist music event ‘Empower’. The Empower concept is to raise representativity and give protagonism to queer, trans*, non-binary artists from different scenes in the world. Her first short documentary is called ‘Beautiful Lies’, was shot in London and is available online.