Residing in the Borderlands
Monthly Film Series: Take II 05.06.2019 19:00
With Amelia Umuhire
ENTRY Free – donations welcome
35 Shots of Rum (2008). Claire Denis. 1hr 40mins. French & German with English subtitles
Le Mal du Pays (2015). Episode 2 of the fiction web series Polyglot. Amelia Umuhire. 10mins. French with English subtitles
For the second take of our new year-long, monthly film series Residing in the Borderlands, we are delighted to have with us filmmaker and visual artist Amelia Umuhire. In her work, she tackles issues of belonging and transnational domesticity. On the occasion of TAKE II, we will screen Claire Denis’ film 35 Shots of Rum, chosen by Amelia, and think through some of these topics in a discussion afterwards. Amelia explained her choice saying: “I chose the film because Claire Denis has a way of entering the protagonists soul which allows us to see the world through the eyes of people we might overlook in our day to day life. I love her films and thought it might be nice to watch this together.”
Amelia Umuhire is a Rwandese artist and film director who grew up in Kigali, the UK and Germany. She wrote and directed the 2015 web series Polyglot, which is set in Berlin and London and follows young deracinated Rwandese artists. The series screened at various international festivals such as Festival D’Angers, Tribeca Film Festival, and Geneva International Film Festival, where it won Best International Web Series 2015. Her short film Mugabo, set in Kigali, is an experimental film about the return to the homeland and the question of what to do with our past. The film screened at Film Africa, Uppsala Film Festival and Blackstar Film Festival 2017 where it won "Best Experimental Film" and was part of the official selection of IFFR 2018. It has also been shown in various museum and gallery contexts. In July 2018 she produced and directed the radio feature Vaterland, commissioned by the German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur and in February 2019, presented her first solo exhibition FKBP 5 at Decad Berlin.
Our monthly film seriesRESIDING IN THE BORDERLANDS intends to create a new cartography of Berlin through diasporic perspectives. As part of our diasporic place-making, we will explore different film-worlds, considering both the visual and the auditory. Through the cinematic experience, we aspire to reach another way of being present, thinking of film as a form of movement that can also propel us into previously unthought of futures.
To this end, we will invite twelve speakers, each from a different diasporic community, and with occupations within and beyond the cultural sector, to choose a film that represents their experience moving through the city. As we unearth the diasporic polyphony in which we live, spaces that may be just a facade at the edge of our peripheral vision, become concrete places embodied by the experiences of the individuals who inhabit it.
CURATORS Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Eirini Fountedaki
COORDINATION Jörg-Peter Schulze
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Ola Zielińska
The film series is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.