May 28 - June 2, 2019

freiburg­er film forum - Fes­ti­val of Tran­scul­tur­al Cinema: with this new name, we wel­come you to our 2019 fes­ti­val edi­tion. The term tran­scul­tur­al cinema was coined by the Aus­tralian eth­nol­o­gist and film­mak­er David Mac­Dougall, one of the pio­neers of visual anthro­pol­o­gy who has also been a guest at our fes­ti­val sev­er­al times. The new sub­head­ing empha­sizes the goal that the freiburg­er film forum set for itself when it was estab­lished of broad­en­ing per­spec­tives and abol­ish­ing bor­ders. Tran­scul­tur­al cinema high­lights the dynam­ic and flu­id­i­ty of cul­tures and their abil­i­ty to treat bor­ders as con­struc­tions that can be trans­gressed in all direc­tions.

The fes­ti­val kicks off on May 28 with a train jour­ney through today’s east­ern Africa in TANZANIA TRANSIT. Over the fol­low­ing days, we will be show­ing a total of 30 short as well as fea­ture-length films from 22 coun­tries, wel­com­ing all who are inter­est­ed in inter­na­tion­al films. 25 direc­tors from India, Congo, North and Cen­tral Europe will be coming to Freiburg to present their latest films and are look­ing for­ward to dis­cussing their work with the audi­ence. For one week, the Kom­mu­nales Kino will once more be a center of inter­na­tion­al film.

Our guest of honor this year is the eth­nol­o­gist and film­mak­er Lisbet Holtedahl from Tromsø. She has been research­ing the north of Cameroon and other areas since 1982. She will not only present two of her most recent films from Cameroon; she will also be host­ing a mas­ter­class on her research meth­ods and cin­e­mato­graph­ic work. Her film WIVES offers a rare glimpse into the del­i­cate rela­tion­ships within a polyg­a­mous family. And THE CHÂTEAU is a sur­pris­ing and excep­tion­al por­trait of an extreme­ly wealthy indus­tri­al entre­pre­neur from Cameroon. The power of these films lies in their direct­ness and close­ness to the pro­tag­o­nists, which can only be achieved through such long-term process­es.

Alexan­der Hick is coming to Freiburg for the second time with his film THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN. This very expres­sive film about the Arhua­co, an indige­nous moun­tain people in Colom­bia who are endan­gered by expand­ing indus­tri­al­iza­tion, is the first film in our the­mat­ic series on Progress and Dis­place­ment, which address­es the increas­ing devel­op­ment of rural areas. Anoth­er film in this series presents a quiet town’s aston­ish­ing trans­for­ma­tion into Brazil’s “cap­i­tal do jeans.”

Two award-win­ning films in the Char­coal Burn­ing double fea­ture are a must-see. In one, a man in the Congo cuts down a tree on his own with incred­i­ble effort, turns it into char­coal, and final­ly sells it. In the other film, sev­er­al char­coal burn­ers in Switzer­land are still prac­tic­ing this tra­di­tion­al trade in order to meet the ever grow­ing demands of BBQ cul­ture. The gap between these two con­ti­nents could not be clear­er.

In ref­er­ence to cur­rent dis­cus­sions regard­ing the resti­tu­tion of museum objects to their coun­tries of origin, we explore the ques­tion of the colo­nial men­tal­i­ty that can be found in both his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary films. While MENSCHEN IM BUSCH, a highly acclaimed clas­sic of ethno­graph­ic film, sur­pris­es us with an intro­duc­tion full of racist con­no­ta­tions, Mischa Hedinger’s cur­rent film AFRICAN MIRROR con­fronts us with images of Africa that are espe­cial­ly famil­iar to the post-war gen­er­a­tion, who grew up with them. Final­ly, CRACKS IN THE MASK is the per­fect film to set the stage for a panel dis­cus­sion about the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion of keep­ing arti­facts in West­ern muse­ums.

In our third install­ment of the stu­dents’ plat­form, we are show­ing a care­ful­ly curat­ed series of tal­ent­ed debut films, select­ed from hun­dreds of sub­mis­sions. From Tues­day noon to Wednes­day night, young direc­tors will be pre­sent­ing their movies focus­ing on themes in India, Sweden, Cameroon, Borneo, Burma, Russia, Syria, and other coun­tries, offer­ing a unique overview of cur­rent films being made by stu­dents. You can find more details here.
If you missed the film con­cert SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR COLD COUNTRIES last year at Kom­mu­nales Kino, Sat­ur­day evening is your next chance to see it at E-Werk. The artists’ col­lec­tive short­film­live­mu­sic is again show­ing their col­lage of cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, lit­er­ary texts, films, and con­ver­sa­tions with con­tem­po­rary wit­ness­es revolv­ing around what it is like to arrive in East- and West­ger­many .

We dis­cov­ered the exhi­bi­tion AFGHAN BOX CAMERA PROJECT pre­sent­ed by Lukas Birk and Sean Foley at the 5th Fotofes­ti­val 2013 in Hei­del­berg. These pho­to­graph­ic works are now being exhib­it­ed in the Centre Cul­turel Français in Freiburg for the first time and dis­plays a col­lec­tion of the last remains of a once rich tra­di­tion of analog pho­tog­ra­phy in Afghanistan.