Kino Arsenal - Berlin
Sunday, 1.7.2012 at 4pm
How to speak of a revolution, the times before, the times that followed it. Made in 1980 on faded French and Egyptian revolutions, the rarely seen film "Too Early, Too Late" (Trop tôt, trop tard) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet was proposed through several screenings in 2011 as a timely means to open up and reflect on the events that had recently culminated in revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere. Many commentators praised the film for foreseeing the current, the present, moment. However this screening at Arsenal is meant to take a critical perspective on these claims and to investigate how the film can be positioned in relation to its production process, temporality, circulation, and appreciation. Introduced and hosted by curators Ala Younis (Amman) and Tobias Hering (Berlin), the screening appears within the context of the Living Archive project and aims at an open debate with everyone present. The film will be shown in the German version 16 mm print from the Arsenal archive; the discussion will be in English.
Monday 2.7.2012 at 7pm
Wednesday 3.7.2012 at 7pm
Within three editions of Arab Shorts Festival (2009-2011), organized by Goethe-Institut Cairo 21 curators from the Arab world have shown altogether 139 independent and experimental films and videos from the Arab region. Very diverse works represent a great cultural value that was never considered important enough before both generally and individually. For this reason Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art decided to distribute 61 of the films and make them available on a longterm basis. During the process six of curated programs have been integrated completely: not only the work of the filmmaker, but also the handwriting of the curator is to be considered. 21 further film works were picked individually. The multifacetted program includes feature films, documentaries and video art. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of Arab world. The uniting point of all the films is the fact that they bring the conventional and one-dimensional picture of the Arab world into question in their very own way. Arab Shorts Distribution is a cooperation of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and Goethe-Institut Cairo.