Cinema of Commoning 2
Symposium, Screenings, Talks
Cinema Akil's selection
A World Not Ours
Mahdi Fleifel
93 Min.
OV with English subs

In this important social documentary, Palestinian-Lebanese director Mahdi Fleifel uses amateur video footage inherited from his father as well as contemporary shots of life inside Ain al-Hilweh, the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon where he grew up. With his European exile comes the guilt of having to document what remains of existence when there is nowhere to call home. With a beautiful mix of tenderness and guerilla filmmaking, A World Not Ours is an unprecedented testimony of the Palestinian cause outside of the borders of Palestine. Cinema Akil hopes this film will be the starting point – or the continuation – of conversations and actions of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

– Butheina Kazim, Khalid Al Sabi & Louise Malherbe of Cinema Akil

Forum Lenteng's selection
Behind the Flickering Light: The Archive
Hafiz Rancajale
154 Min.
OV with English subs

Behind the Flickering Light: The Archive is dear to me personally. It was in the making when I first got in touch with Forum Lenteng back in 2012. The film itself mirrors the situation and condition of contemporary Indonesian cinema by looking at cinema history; scattered, grand, important, and about to be forgotten. The film is told through a conversation among my colleagues at Forum Lenteng and Misbach Yusa Biran, the founder of Sinematek Indonesia, which is the first and biggest film archive in Southeast Asia. The film is important for us not only as a dialogue about preserving film as a medium, but also for the knowledge of how it can be accessible to the wider public, as a national treasure, or simply as entertainment. In a country where film largely arrives as a commodity and without discourse, Behind the Flickering Light: The Archive aims to trigger awareness, to allow for reflection on why we love cinema, and to engage us to consider what’s next.

– Yuki Aditya of Forum Lenteng

Cine Geração's selection
Beyond My Steps
Kamy Lara
72 Min.
OV with English subs

Beyond My Steps is a film that highlights various facets of the arts industry in Angola by focusing on contemporary dance. This documentary reveals the challenges that artists face and the never-ending determination they must have in a country where art is still undervalued. “I like to be in a place where people believe in what I do and I feel like a free citizen once again”, says Daniel Curti, one of the dancers. So too does Beyond My Steps highlight the city of Luanda at large. Seen through different lenses, the viewer gains an insight into a city that is capable of transmitting narrative through film.

–Mirian Vanda & Fradique of Cine Geração

Cinema ARTA's selection
Cinema Mon Amour
Alexandru Belc
Romania/Czech Republic
70 Min.
OV with English subs

Cinema, Mon Amour follows the story of Victor Purice and his team in their everyday fight to preserve a cinema in Piatra Neamț (Romania). He dreams of restoring the glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the harsh new reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart but which receives no support from the state who own the place, the fight is almost like Don Quixote’s. In a way, this is also the story of Cinema ARTA in Cluj-Napoca, which was renovated and reactivated without any public support. Both are stories with a happy ending, ones that show the power of a group of dedicated and enthusiastic people who follow their dream and bring about positive change in their communities.

– Monica Sebestyen of Cinema ARTA

Coconut Head Generation
Alain Kassanda
89 min
English, French, Yoruba with English subtitles

Every Thursday, a group of students from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria organizes a film club where they come together to watch and discuss films. Through the works of filmmakers like John Akomfrah and Med Hondo, the small lecture hall is transformed into a political agora and heated discussions around topics such as decolonisation, feminist struggles and student rights take place. Kinshasa-born French director Alain Kassanda observes the ordinary lives of Nigerian students in the midst of the challenges they face, showing the immediate proximity between the struggle on the streets and the political energy emanating from the cinema space.


Coconut Head Generation screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA at 20:00 on 13 March 2024.

Metropolis Cinema / Cinematheque Beirut's selection
Erased,__ Ascent of the Invisible
Ghassan Halwani
76 mins
Arabic (with English subtitles)

In his feature debut filmmaker Ghassan Halwani seeks to understand and find answers to the fate of the 17,000 citizens who disappeared in his country’s brutal civil war. At a time when Lebanon refuses to deal with its own stigmas and seeks instead to erase them through the archaic politics of oblivion, Halwani revisits the deadly war and Lebanese collective memory through the perspective of the missing ones. To excavate the past, he deploys archival practices and animation as a way to give life to memory. Erased,__ Ascent of the Invisible seeks to (re)trace history by questioning absence.

Indeed, Halwani’s film and Metropolis Cinema seek to explore a common ground: how do we deal with archives within an absence of images? Through the project Cinematheque Beirut, Metropolis attempts to preserve Lebanese and Arab film heritage to make it accessible both locally and internationally. Halwani belongs to an emerging generation of talented Lebanese filmmakers and artists who are challenging the status-quo by addressing the past in order to give their present a meaning. Metropolis’ mission is to encourage and support such crucial initiatives.

– Hania Mroue, Metropolis Cinema

Erased,__ Ascent of the Invisible screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA at 20:00 on 14 March 2024.

Yennenga Centre's selection
Le Mouton de Sada
Pape Bouname Lopy
Burkina Faso, Senegal
75 min
OV with English subs

Babou Diop lives in a house together with his son Sada, his wife Coumba, and a sheep, who nine-year-old Sada has developed a close friendship with.. A few days before Tabaskil, a festival in which the sheep is to be sacrificed, Babou realizes that it has disappeared along with his son. Helpless, he sets off in search of the pair. After an exhausting day full of adventures, they are eventually found, but the reunion is not without consequences: Babou is now faced with a difficult dilemma.

Le Mouton de Sada is an authentically Senegalese film that delves deep into the cultural roots of our society. It’s a challenging film, both in pre-production and post-production, and one that truly embodies the work of Senegalese technicians. The post-production, carried out by Centre Yennenga, added an extra dimension to the aesthetics of the film. Selected to represent Senegal at FESPACO where it won the Jury Prize, Le Mouton de Sada stands as a flagship project of Senegalese African cinema.

– Sara Gadiaga, Yennenga Centre

Le Mouton de Sada screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA at 20:00 on 10 April  2024.

Kundura Cinema's selection
Majub’s Journey
Eva Knopf
50 Min.
OV with English subs

Majub’s Journey tells a story of an African man who worked as an extra in the movie industry during the Nazi era in the 1930s. The essayistic documentary directed by Eva Knopf reconstructs his life through historical documents, archival footage and photographs. While the film encourages us to rethink German postcolonial discourse, it creates a different layer of awareness relating to memory and identity thus helping us to reinterpret the present and consider the past in a more critical way.

– Buse Yıldırım of Kundura Cinema

One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train
Ignacio Agüero
56 Min.
OV with English subs

One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train is a portrait of the recent history of Chile, a place under a dictatorship and full of inequality. Guided by Alicia Vega, the film’s young protagonists are given the opportunity to explore and design their own films with drawings. Having never before been in a cinema, they discover cinematography, movements, camera angles, film genres, Chaplin, Disney, Lamorisse’s red balloon and the train of the Lumière Brothers. In this documentary, Ignacio Agüero makes visible what CCC stands for. A place where cinema is the center of dialogue, creation and community, that supports new filmmakers everyday through workshops, screenings and talks, in which we seek to democratize cinema and access to culture.

– Dominga Sotomayor & Ignacio Ocampo of CCC

Remake, Remix, Ripoff
Cem Kaya
96 Min.
OV with English subs

Berlin is home to a large German-Turkish community which is today an integral part of the city’s cultural life. A vast range of films produced within the Turkish film industry (Yeşilçam), including comedies, action films and melodramas, proved to be highly popular within this community. Screened in movie theaters and played on VHS players at home, Yeşilçam shaped migrant film culture in Germany as well as a generation of renowned German filmmakers. Despite its crucial role in the cultural and social life of the migrant community from Turkey, the phenomenon is often neglected and almost completely absent in cultural discourse. Cem Kaya dedicates his documentary to this highly productive film industry, the strong bond it shares with audiences and the creative strategies it used to bypass copyright issues. Remake, Remix, Ripoff has always been a film that inspired us and fits perfectly to the transnational approach that we take to our work at SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA.

– Malve Lippmann & Can Sungu of SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Salaam Cinema's selection
131 mins
Azerbaijani, French, German with English Subtitles

სოციუმის პატიმარი (Prisoner of Society)
Rati Tsiteladze, Georgia, 2018, 16 min. Azerbaijani with English subtitles

Le jeu de Mariage (The Wedding Game)
Adina Balatova, Belgium, Dagestan 2018, 35 min. French, Russian with English subtitles

Святый Боже (Holy God)
Vladlena Sandu, Russia 2016, 25 min. Russian with English subtitles

Bir dəfə Şanxayda  (Once Upon a time in Shanghai)
Leyli Gafarova, Azerbaijan 2018, 35. min. Azerbaijani, English, French, German with English subtitles

Şanxay, Baki (Shanghai, Baku)
Teymur Hajiev, Azerbaijan 2017, 20 min. Azerbaijani with English subtitles

A compilation of stories from across the Caucasus Mountains, all of them different tales of people living amidst the remnants of the post-Soviet era and the amalgamation of diverse cultures. Whether it’s about queer lives, war, or modern cities, the Caucasus is full of paradoxes that cannot be described in simple terms, much like this compilation of short films. This programme serves as an introductory window into the distant road that stretches between the East and West, the South and North, and everything in between.

– Leyli Gafarova, Salaam Cinema

Short Films from the Caucasus screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA  at 20:00 on Thursday 18 April.



Documentary Club's selection
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On
Kazuo Hara
122 Min.
OV with English subs

There aren’t many choices available for Thai cinephiles, as most cinemas here are multiplexes which screen lookalike blockbuster films. As a distributor and cinema, we try to create alternatives, especially for documentary films. Our ongoing focus is on the classics. Kazuo Hara’s films have always been of interest because of the way they deal with social issues. His most infamous work, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, shows just how controversial and confrontational documentaries can be. The film examines the historical amnesia that continues to plague Japanese society until today. After the screening we always have a discussion and believe this film will spark conversation in the audience about the subject and Hara’s method of making documentaries.

– Thanaphon Accawatanyuof Documentary Club

Cinematheque de Tanger's selection
The Mother of All Lies
Asmae El Moudir
Asmae El Moudir, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
97 min
Arabic (with English subtitles)

“Casablanca. Young filmmaker Asmae El Moudir is trying to unravel the lies that have been passed down in her family. Using a model of her childhood neighborhood and miniature figurines of each of her relatives, she re-enacts her family history. Through this process the wounds of a whole community emerge and the forgotten past of Morocco is revealed.”–Amaal Meftouh Ezzeyany – Cinémathèque de Tanger

Cinémathèque de Tanger is an alternative center for film conservation and circulation based in Tangier Morocco that promotes Moroccan and international film culture through a vibrant, multi stranded program, as well as contributing to global cinema heritage through its collection of features, documentaries and experimental films.

The Mother of All Lies screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA  at 20:00 on Wednesday 22 May 2024.

Kino Lumbardhi's selection
Vera Dreams of the Sea
Kaltrina Krasniqi
Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania
87 mins
Albanian (with English subtitles)

Vera’s serene everyday life is disrupted by her husband’s unexpected suicide, followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of relatives who claim ownership of their village house. When the tendrils of an underworld scheme begin to surface, Vera’s world faces danger and appears on the verge of collapse. Fear and mistrust force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands. Steeped in an ominous atmosphere, Vera Dreams of the Sea is an intimate yet universal portrait of a woman who has to face the reality of going against the deeply-seated gender issues that still engross our times.

“Vera Dreams of the Sea is one of the most acclaimed and timely examples of the mainly women-led New Wave of Kosovar Cinema. Not engaged with the war, but rather the social, economic and cultural context in its aftermath, through Vera’s experience the film presents a struggle that is simultaneously local and relatable to the experiences of women across the world.”– Ares Shporta, Lumbardhi Cinema

Vera Dreams of the Sea screens at SiNEMA TRANSTOPIA  at 20:00 on Wednesday 29 May 2024.