Cinema of Commoning 2
Symposium, Screenings, Talks

Alejandro Bachmann

Alejandro Bachmann is a film worker focusing on teaching, writing and programming films. He led the “Education, Research and Publications” department at the Austrian Film Museum until 2018 and has served on various film festival selection committees. He is mentor of the Berlinale Talents Short Film Station, and he became a Professor of Film History and Film Theory at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2023. Alejandro is a (co-)editor of several publications and a board member of Lichtspiel – Netzwerk kulturelle Filmbildung.

Nada Bakr

Nada Bakr is the Executive Director of NAAS | Network of Arab Alternative Screens. With over 12 years of experience as an independent curator and cultural manager, her work spans visual arts, social justice, human rights, technology, digital art and culture. Nada holds an MA in Media Arts Cultures from Aalborg University, Denmark, and has held roles such as as Managing Director and Curator at Cairotonica – Electronic and New Media Arts Festival and as a community programme curator at Disruption Network Lab, Berlin. She has collaborated with institutions and projects including Darb 1718, Medrar for Contemporary Art, IMPAKT | Centre for Media Culture, Electric South, Akademie der Künste, The Mosaic Rooms, and African Crossroads.

Malika Chaghal

Malika Chaghal was born in Morocco and grew up in Paris and served as General Delegate of the Cinémathèque de Tanger for ten years, now its Vice President. Specializing in cinema after a decade in the cultural sector, Malika has directed and programmed art house cinemas in France for over 15 years.  Through her work, she is committed to supporting cinema in all its forms, dividing her time between France and Morocco.

Abiba Coulibaly

Abiba Coulibaly is a film programmer with a background in critical geography. After launching Magnum Photos’ UK Film Festival, she joined the BFI as Programming Assistant, and now programmes for Film Africa and Open City Documentary Festival. Her projects Brixton Community Cinema and Atlas Cinema are experiments in what democratizing access to cinema – as both space and medium – could look like.

Ibou Coulibaly Diop

Ibou Coulibaly Diop is a literary scholar, curator, and university lecturer. He is a jury member of the International Literature Prize at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and he publishes regularly on the literature of transculturality and the significance of African literature in the world of tomorrow. He developed a concept for the remembrance of colonialism for the Berlin Senate. Diop lives and works in Berlin.

Madhusree Dutta

Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, author, and curator of interdisciplinary art practices based in Mumbai and Berlin. She was the artistic director of Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018-2021), and executive director of Majlis, a center for rights discourse and inter-disciplinary art initiatives in Mumbai (1998-2016). In 2019, she was awarded the Cultural Manager of the Year by the Cologne Cultural Council and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. Her non-fiction films on urbanology, identity politics and contemporary culturescapes have been widely screened, and awarded nationally and internationally. She has been jury to several international film festivals, including Berlinale Shorts 2015. She has authored and edited books on cultural economy and citizenship. Her most recent book How to Make Female Action Heroes, 2023 is published by Arsenal in collaboration with Kayfa ta. Her curatorial works focus on urban public cultures, memory practices, and cultural hybridity.

Rabih El-Khoury

Rabih El-Khoury holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and a Masters of Arts in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been working with the Metropolis Association, which manages Metropolis Cinema, the only art house cinema in Lebanon, since its inception in 2006. Initially an administrator, he became Managing and is now a member of its administrative board. He also worked for the cultural association Beirut DC, promoting Arab Cinema as general coordinator for its Arab film festival, The Beirut Cinema Days, from 2006 to 2015. He organized over 20 Arab film weeks in the Arab World and Europe. El-Khoury served as Program Manager of Talents Beirut between 2014 and 2019, curated the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung from 2017 until the end of the program in 2021, and held the position of Diversity Manager at DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main between 2019 and 2023. He currently curates the SAFAR Film Festival of the Arab British Center in the UK, Arab Cinema Week for Cinema Akil in Dubai, is a programmer at ALFILM, the Arab Film Festival of Berlin, and collaborates with AFRIKAMERA in Berlin.

Pascale Fakhry

Pascale Fakhry is Project Manager of Cinema of Commoning 2. She is also the director of ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin since 2020. She holds a PhD in Film and Gender Studies from Paris 3 University (Sorbonne Nouvelle). She is also the author of numerous articles on Gender and Representation in American genre films. She has worked with ALFILM since 2013 as a programmer and an organizer. She is also a film editor and worked on many feature and documentary film projects. From 2015 to 2020 she led Metropolis Cinema’s Cinema on the Road project in Beirut.

Eirini Fountedaki

Eirini Fountedaki is a curator interested in embodied knowledge and collective reflections through film. She has curated film programs, exhibitions and discursive programmes for institutions in Berlin and internationally. She is a founding member of the collective Cruising Curators, and team member of TAVROS in Athens and SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA in Berlin. As Cinema of Commoning Co-Editor, alongside Rachel Pronger, Eirini oversees commissioning, editing and publication of all editorial content for the project.

Sara Gadiaga

Sara Gadiaga is a Senegalese director and photographer, born in Diourbel in 1997. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Management, but developed an early interest in cinema and in 2019, he joined the collective Ciné Banlieue to continue his cinema studies. Since 2020, he has assisted in the making of several shorts, features, television series and videos. After obtaining his Baccalaureate, he acquired varied experience, training in screenwriting at the Cinematography Department (DCI) and in archives. At Yennenga Centre, Sara has worked on various cultural projects. He was in charge of programming at Cine Suburbs in 2022, then held the position of Head of Programming and Cultural Meditation, while coordinating Ciné Xalé, an educational cinema project for children. In 2023, he represented Yennenga Centre at the Film Market of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, in France.

Leyli Gafarova

Leyli Gafarova is an independent filmmaker, researcher, educator, and co-creator of Salaam Cinema, a community-based cinema and art space. Based in Baku, she focuses on processes, research, and discoveries, through the lens of themes such as gender, national identity, (self)-censorship, and co-existence. Leyli employs participatory approaches and games to experiment with authorship and collectivity, while also reflecting on and questioning production processes. Additionally, she curates film programs, educational labs, and festivals to examine and deepen the understanding of suppressed voices, identities, and narratives.

Jesse Gerard Mpango

Jesse Gerard Mpango is a storyteller from Kasulu, Tanzania. He is a founding member of Ajabu Ajabu, a multimedia curatorial collective based in Dar Es Salaam. The collective uses participatory, open-ended approaches in its programming and events to explore de-centralized and communal forms of presentation, production and preservation of audiovisual work in Tanzania. Recurrent within his work as part of Ajabu Ajabu, and as an independent practitioner, is the capacity for participatory rituals of imagining to unsettle and dislocate dominant narratives and extractive power structures.

Djamila Grandits

Djamila Grandits is a curator based in Vienna. As part of CineCollective, she directs Kaleidoskop Film and Freiluft am Karlsplatz. She is part of the pre-selection for Berlinale Panorama and a member of Zurich Film Foundation’s non-fiction commission. Most recently, she was involved in the programming of DOK Leipzig, Tricky Women – Tricky Realities and Frame[o]ut Open Air.

Jowe Harfouche

Jowe Harfouche is a cultural organizer. He managed the Culture and Ideas portfolio for Open Society-MENA up until 2024, and NAAS | Network of Arab Alternative Screens from 2016 to 2022 establishing it as a nonprofit in both Beirut and Berlin. Prior to that, he worked on film productions in different capacities for over ten years. He currently lives in Berlin.

Ilkin Huseynov

Ilkin Huseynov is an artist, musician and cultural worker currently based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ilkin prefers an experimental research process, working with various media and visual styles. He is interested in exploring subjects such as urbanism, ecology, memory, constructs within realities, imposed images, and artificial intelligence utilities. Huseynov uses experimental new media to explore global uncertainties and promote cross-cultural dialogue through socially conscious art.

Alain Kassanda

Alain Kassanda is a Congolese-French filmmaker, film director and cinematographer, and founder of Ajímatí Films. He is known for his highly acclaimed documentary films Trouble Sleep (2020), Colette & Justin (2022), and Coconut Head Generation (2023).

Nino Klingler

Nino Klingler is program manager, filmmaker and film critic living in Berlin. At Allianz Foundation, Nino coordinates the transnational cooperation network “Hubs” and leads the arts and culture team. As a filmmaker, Nino works collaboratively, having realized a number of short films with Frédéric Jaeger and a web series with Zeynep Tuna. As a film critic, Nino publishes mainly in the German-language magazine He studied film and philosophy in Berlin and Istanbul.

Helge Lindh

Helge Lindh studied cultural studies, sociology and German studies. A member of the SPD since 1999 and the German Bundestag since 2017, he is the SPD parliamentary group spokesperson on democracy. Helge is a member of the Wuppertal Working Group on Migration and Diversity since 2015 (founded and chaired), member of the Board of Trustees of the German Historical Museum; deputy member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Malve Lippmann

Malve Lippmann is a freelance artist, curator and cultural manager. She studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and at the Institute for Art in Context (UdK) in Berlin. As a freelance stage designer and artist, she has designed numerous performances, opera and theater productions. Since 2010, Malve has been working as a curator and cultural manager, leading artistic workshops and seminars and is active in various cultural and community projects. She is Co-founder and Artistic Director of bi‘bak and SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA in Berlin where she was responsible for various international programs, events and exhibitions such as Cinema of Commoning (since 2022), the documentary exhibition projects Sıla Yolu – The Holiday Transit to Turkey and the Tales of the Highway (2016-17) and Bitter Things – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families (2018), Selected publications: Please Rewind – German-Turkish Film- and Video Culture in Berlin (Archive Books, 2020), Bitter Things – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families (Archive Books, 2018).

Rajab Mangula

Rajab Mangula (aka DJ Black) is a film narrator, performer, actor and professional cinephile living and working in and from Buguruni, Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. He is one of the stars of the award-winning short film Apostles of Cinema and, along with Ajabu Ajabu, is currently working on a long term passion project to translate films into Bena, the language from his home region. He also moonlights as a writer and editor to his over 30,000 followers on the Kiswahili film and history blog JE WAJUA.

Amaal Meftouh Ezzeyany

Amaal Meftouh Ezzeyany is Program Coordinator at Cinémathèque de Tanger, an alternative center for film conservation and circulation based in Morocco. Amaal is a professional with over 15 years of experience in project management, partnership development and team management. She is passionate about cinema and entrepreneurship and sensitive to human values and rights. She also has strong expertise in strategic planning, fundraising and institutional communication. Having worked with both local and international organizations, she has developed a robust ability to analyze complex contexts and implement innovative solutions. With natural leadership and a clear vision, she is dedicated to promoting cultural and social development in Morocco and beyond.

Mosa Mpetha

Mosa Mpetha is a film curator of Black, African and archive films in a freelance capacity and in a permanent role at her local heritage cinema, Hyde Park Picture House (est 1914). At Hyde Park Picture House, amongst other things, Mosa curates a new permanent strand of African films called Cinema Africa! for African and Non-African audiences. Mosa also co-founded Black Cinema Project, a national evolving space to bring Black people together with care, to meaningfully watch and discuss Black films and the landscape they are situated within. Based in Leeds, Mosa is originally from Liverpool and South Africa.

Hania Mroué

Hania Mroué is Founder and Director of Metropolis Cinema, Lebanon’s first arthouse movie theater, which opened in 2006. She started in 2010 MC Distribution, a company dedicated to selling and distributing Arab and International independent titles in the MENA region. She is a founding member of Aflamuna (formerly Beirut DC) created in 1998, to promotes and support independent Arab films. For 10 years she was the Managing Director of Ayam Beirut al Cinema’iya (Beirut Cinema Days). From 2010 to 2012, she was Chief Arab Programmer at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She served as jury member at several prestigious film festivals around the world such as Cannes (Semaine de la Critique in 2017), Berlin (First Feature Competition in 2012), Cinema Du Réel (feature competition 2020), Malatya and Adelaide international film festivals. She was also a jury member of the Arab Film Prize Award of the Robert Bosch Stiftung from 2013 to 2022. She is a consultant for Arab film programming and industry events at the Marrakesh International Film Festival since 2020.

Ibee Ndaw

Ibee Ndaw is a Gambian-born programmer. She graduated from the University Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle (MA in Film Studies) and from University Paris-Est-Créteil-Val-de-Marne. From 2019-2022 she held the position of Distribution Assistant and later Festival Manager at Sudu Connexion, while also running cinema workshops in elementary schools. In 2022, she joined the programming and organizing office of the Seytou Africa, Documentary Film Festival. In 2023, she served as a reader and translator for South African production companies (Big World Cinema, STEPS) and participated in Durban FilmMart where she evaluated feature projects. Additionally, she undertook the coordination of the second Pan-African edition of the Mobile Film Festival Africa held in Morocco. Since September 2023, she is the new coordinator of the Yennenga Centre. Ibee is also a programmer at Durban International Film Festival and an alumni of the Realness Institute.

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Prof. Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is a curator, author and biotechnologist. He is the artistic director and chief curator of Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. He is the founder and was Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin (2009-22); Artistic Director of sonsbeek 20->24, Arnhem (2020-22); Artistic Director of the 14th Rencontres de Bamako, Mali (2022); Curator of the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Guest Curator of the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art (2018); and Curator at Large of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017).

Chima Okerenkwo

Chima Okerenkwo is a filmmaker and film curator. He founded the performative film screening series Synergie and co-founded the film collective BIPoC Film Society. He was the Ambassador for Diversity at the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden and created film and video art programs for renowned venues like Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Julia Stoschek Foundation and Trauma Bar und Kino. Currently, he is co-directing an experimental documentary scheduled to premiere at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in 2025. Okerenkwo lives and works in Berlin.

Dina Pokrajac

Dina Pokrajac is a film critic and curator based in Zagreb. She majored in Journalism and Political Science and is a PhD candidate at the University of Zagreb with a thesis on counter-memory strategies and archival practices in post-Yugoslav documentaries. She works for Restart, an organization focused on production, education, distribution, and exhibition of documentary films and is the manager of Dokukino KIC. She is the artistic director of Subversive Festival, selector for ZagrebDox and has curated numerous interdisciplinary projects combining film and critical theory. She has edited over 20 books in the fields of philosophy, political science, and film theory. She is also the President of Croatian Film Critics’ Society.

Filiz Polat

Filiz Polat is a graduate economist and political scientist. She has been a member of Alliance 90/The Greens since 1996; member of the German Bundestag since 2017; Parliamentary Secretary of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag since 2021; founder and spokesperson for the parliamentary group on diversity and anti-racism; member of the parliamentary group on Turkey since 2018.

Rachel Pronger

Rachel Pronger is a writer, curator and editor, and co-founder of the archive activist feminist film collective Invisible Women. She has served as a programme adviser for festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Alchemy Film & Arts and Sheffield DocFest, and is a team member of SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA. Her writing on film and visual art has been published by Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Art Monthly, MUBI Notebook and BBC Culture, among others. As a freelance script editor and editorial consultant, she has worked with various production companies and funders such as the BFI, BBC Films, Channel 4 and DocSociety. As Cinema of Commoning Co-Editor, alongside Eirini Fountedaki, Rachel oversees commissioning, editing and publication of all editorial content for the project.

Lisabona Rahman

Lisabona Rahman is a film archivist and programmer who works with international film archives concerning heritage, preservation and knowledge sharing activities related to analog film. She curated programmes for various film festivals and works on a database of Indonesian film history.

Katia Rossini

Katia Rossini is a film activist, curator and archivist, interested in networks, participative projects and alternative forms of curating cinema. She is co-founder of Cinema Nova (Brussels). She is co-initiator of the networks and Kino-Climates. After completing a specialization in Film Preservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam in partnership with Eye Filmmuseum, she became head of collections at Argos – Centre for Audiovisual Arts (Brussels).

Michael Sacher

Michael Sacher MdB (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) studied German, history and film studies and managed the Endstation Kino in Bochum from 1992 to 1995. He has been a member of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen since 2008. From 2020 to 2022 he was 1st Deputy Mayor of Unna and since 2022 he has been a member of the German Bundestag in the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group, among others in the Committee on Culture and Media.

Agnès Salson

Agnès Salson toured the cinemas of Europe with her partner Mikael Arnal to gather inspiring ideas and emerging practices, documented in their book Cinema Makers. Since last April, they further expanded their practices by launching Cinema Makers meetings, an international gathering of cinemas that are approaching the exhibition of films differently. They are now settled in Toulouse, where they launched La Forêt Électrique, a cinema to connect audiences and creative filmmaking through events, workshops, residencies and film screenings.

Farahnaz Sharifi

Farahnaz Sharifi is an Iranian writer, director and editor currently residing in Germany. She studied film at Soore University in Tehran and began her career directing a number of internationally acclaimed short documentaries. She won the Best Editing award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2020 for Radiograph of a Family. She wrote, filmed, directed and edited her debut feature-length documentary Sayyareye dozdide shodeye man (My Stolen Planet).

Ares Shporta

Ares Shporta is a cultural worker, producer and researcher based between Kosovo and Albania. As Co-founder and Director of Lumbardhi Foundation since 2015, he has been leading the institutional transformation of Prizren’s iconic Lumbardhi Cinema. His work includes initiating research projects in cultural histories, commissioning new works in music, film and visual arts and organizing public programs. He actively engages in community and infrastructure building, as well as advocacy in law-making and policy-making processes. Shporta also works as a film producer, and serves as advisor, lecturer or board member at various non-profits, arts organizations and educational institutions in South-Eastern Europe.

Marc Siegel

Marc Siegel has been a Professor of Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz since October 2020. His research primarily focuses on queer studies and experimental film. As a freelance curator, he has curated numerous film series and programs for film and performance festivals, museums and galleries, including the Berlin Biennial, Berlinale and Tate Modern (London), CCCB (Barcelona), Bunkier Sztuki (Cracow) and the Goethe Institute (Kolkata). He also co-curated several festivals including “EDIT FILM CULTURE!” (Berlin, 2018); “Camp/Anti-Camp: A Queer Guide to Everyday Life” (Berlin, Frankfurt, 2012); and “LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World ” (Berlin, 2009). He is a member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne, serves on the advisory board of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section and co-founded the Berlin-based artists’ collective CHEAP. He is also the artistic director of ZOOM – Ludwig Schönherr Lab.

Dalia Soliman

Dalia Soliman is a cultural producer based in Berlin. She currently handles guest management and press coordination for Cinema of Commoning 2 and is the festival coordinator and programmer at ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin. Further festivals in Berlin she is involved with include Pop-Kultur and AFRIKAMERA. Previously, she worked for the concert booking agency dq and served as the residency manager at the artist residency Deliceiras18 in Porto, Portugal. She studied journalism and art at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Stavros Stavrides

Stavros Stavrides is an architect and activist, and Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he teaches graduate courses on housing design (social housing included) and urban design, as well as a postgraduate course on the metropolitan experience. He is currently the head of NTUA Lab for Architectural Design and Communication. He has done extensive research fieldwork in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico focused on housing-as-commons and on urban struggles for self-management. He has lectured in European, North and South American Universities on urban struggles and practices of urban commoning.

Can Sungu

Can Sungu is a curator, researcher and author. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of bi‘bak and SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA in Berlin where he curated various international programs, events and exhibitions such as Cinema of Commoning (since 2022), the documentary exhibition projects Sıla Yolu – The Holiday Transit to Turkey and the Tales of the Highway (2016-17) and Bitter Things – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families (2018). He has served as a juror and consultant for the Berlinale Forum, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Duisburger Filmwoche, Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the DAAD Artist-in Berlin Program, among others. He has published several books, including Please Rewind – German-Turkish Film- and Video Culture in Berlin (Archive Books, 2020). Between 2020-23, he has been part of the curatorial team of Fiktionsbescheinigung at the Berlinale Forum – a film program that parries German film history with intersectional perspectives. Since 2023 he is curator for filmic practices at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin.

Xuedan (Echo) Tang

Xuedan Tang (Echo) is a Berlin-based film curator and cultural producer from Chengdu, China. She founded CiLENS and Indie Chinese Cinema Week (ICCW) in 2022, projects that reflect her multifaceted interests and ongoing research in cinema, feminism, and socially engaged practice.

Awet Tesfaiesus

Awet Tesfaiesus was born in Asmara in what at the time was Ethiopia / now Eritrea and fled to Germany with her family as a child due to the Eritrean war of independence. After graduating from high school, she studied law in Heidelberg, was admitted to the bar in 2006 and founded her law firm for asylum matters in Kassel in 2008, which she operated until the end of 2021. In 2009, she joined the party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens) and subsequently worked at local political level in the Kassel City Council in the areas of equality and anti-discrimination. In 2021, she became the first Black woman to be elected to the German Bundestag. Here she represents the Green parliamentary group in the Legal Affairs Committee and serves as chairwo- man of the Culture and Media Committee.

Deniz Tortum

Deniz Tortum works in film and immersive media. His work has screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, IFFR, IDFA, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs, True/False and Dokufest. In 2019, he was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His recent works include the virtual reality piece Shadowtime (2023, co-dir Sister Sylvester), the essay film Our Ark (2021, co-dir Kathryn Hamilton); and feature documentary Phases of Matter (2020). He is currently researching the history of Turkey’s first short film festival, Hisar Short Film Competition (1967-1970), in collaboration with SALT (Istanbul).

Margarita Tsomou

Margarita Tsomou is a Greek-German dramaturgist, curator, performance artist, dancer and activist. She is an editor of pop feminist Missy Magazine, a professor for contemporary theater praxis at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, and a curator for theory and discourse at Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer theater and performance center.

Sarnt Utamachote

Sarnt Utamachote is a Southeast Asian nonbinary filmmaker and curator based in Berlin. They view cinema as a tool for social engagement and collective healing. They are a co-founder of un.thai.tled, an artist collective from the German-Thai diaspora, and have curated multiple research-based exhibitions concerning postcolonial histories, the Southeast Asian diaspora, and activism in divided Germany (GDR/FRG). They work as a film programmer at XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and at SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA.

Sinthujan Varatharajah

சிந்துஜன் வரதராஜா Sinthujan Varatharajah is an essayist and political geographer based in Berlin. Her*his work deals with the issues of statelessness and displacement from a spatial, logistical and materialist perspective. Varatharajah co-founded the event series “dissolving territories – kulturgeografien eines neuen eelam” in 2018, which takes an aesthetic and political approach to the everyday consequences of statelessness. In 2020, she*he was part of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with the exhibition “wie man* eine arche bewegt”. Together with Moshtari Hilal, Varatharajah published the discourse book “Englisch in Berlin” (Wirklichkeit Books, 2022), which deals with questions of language and political exclusion in the city of Berlin. Sinthujan’s first book, ‘an alle orte, die hinter uns liegen’, which deals with colonial techniques of violence, was published by Hanser Verlag in autumn 2022.

Christo Wallers

Christo Wallers is a cinema-maker and post-doctoral film scholar. He is a co-founder of Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle, UK, and runs the annual Losing the Plot film retreat in Northumberland. He has been active in the Kino Climates network since its beginning in 2010, and has coordinated three editions of a network-wide zine ‘Filmo#’. A part-time lecturer at Teesside University, he has published on DIY film screening cultures in the UK, cooperativism and urban commons, most recently for The Palgrave Handbook of Experimental Film (2024).

Florian Weghorn

Florian Weghorn is the Program Manager of Berlinale Talents, the talent development initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, since 2014. He advises the network of seven Berlinale Talents branches in Beirut, Buenos Aires, Durban, Guadalajara, Sarajevo, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo and the film community of almost 10,000 alumni. Born in 1976 in Oldenburg, Florian Weghorn holds an MA in Theater, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined the Berlinale team in 2002, initially working for Berlinale Generation and later co-heading the section. From 2012 to 2019, he was a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee. With a focus on sustainable organizational and programmatic development, Weghorn has worked also for various other international film festivals, film funds and cultural institutions. He is an active member of the European Film Academy as well as the steering committee of the Association of Film Festivals in Germany.