This film series collects donations for Rojava which will be forwarded to the Emirates Red Crescent.
Helin Celik, Nathalie Borgers, Tina Leisch and Hito Steyerl, four unlike filmmakers, initiated the film series „Women Rise up For Rojava“ and want raise awareness for solidarity with mult-ethnical, multi-ideological and feminist self-government structures in kurdish regions in Syria (Rojava) in order to strengthen the international collaboration of women for the peace building process in the Middle East.
Entrance: minimum donation
Robots Today + Nur die Toten kehren heim: 7,5€
What the Wind Took Away + The Remains: 10€
Programme on the 9th of December 2019
17:30 Top Kino Saal 2
8 min, OmeU
The film uses footage from south-eastern Turkey of the Kurdish town of Cizre on the Syrian border, which now resembles a ghost town following numerous skirmishes of escalating intensity between the government and the PKK footage from south-eastern Turkey of the Kurdish town of Cizre on the Syrian border, which now resembles a ghost town following numerous skirmishes of escalating intensity between the government and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). It is the hometown of Ismail al-Jazari, the Arab polymath (he was a scholar, inventor, mathematician, engineer and artist) who wrote a book about mechanical apparatuses in 1205 to convey knowledge about ingenious devices. He described a hundred mechanical devices, some 80 of which are trick vessels of various kinds, along with instructions on how to construct them. Steyerl combines the pictures of the town with questions addressed to Siri, the software installed in iPhones: What role does computer technology play in war?
Nur die Toten kehren heim
Tina Leisch, Ali Can
2015, AT, KRD
81 min, OmeU
Over one million Kurds live as political refugees in exile in Europe and many of them can never return to Turkey as they would be imprisoned immediately. But Kurdish freedom fighters are also prosecuted as terrorists in various EU countries. This film portrays these Kurds and shows places to where they can never return. It displays a movement of liberation, inspired by democratic, multi-ethnical and feminist ideals, and the fight for the Kurdish language and culture
19:30 Top Kino Saal 1
What the Wind took away
Helin Celik, Martin Klingenböck
2017, TR, AT
75 min, OmeU
"We, the Yazidis, became doves. Doves without wings", says Hedil. Stranded with her family in a Yazidi refugee camp in Eastern Turkey, she reminisces about her former life in Northern Iraq and recounts the horrors of her escape. The film follows two families' attempts at normality in an otherwise miserable place.
21:00 Top Kino Saal 1
90 min, OmeU
For two decades now, thousands of refugees have embarked on the perilous journey over the Mediterranean to reach safety and the dream of a new home free from war. But when a shipwreck makes the news these days, it’s usually confined to a few details and the number of casualties.
Who helps look for the missing? What happens if they don’t turn up? Who takes care of the many nameless, unidentified bodies? How do families cope?
Inspired by Sophocles’ ancient yet still resonant plea for human dignity, Nathalie Borgers’ film THE REMAINS follows two parallel narratives. The first focuses on those left to deal with the remains of each terrible shipwreck, half-forgotten by the rest of the world: the Greek islanders, cemetery gardeners, coastguards, fishermen, interpreters, and the asylum seekers still stuck in the island camp. Against that background she portrays a Syrian family’s reunion in Vienna, and the inconsolable sadness of losing 13 relatives whose bodies were never found, a grief that can find no resting place.