Since 2013 the project Visionary Archive has been linking up film research in Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Khartoum. This research uses a wide variety of strategies to ask similar questions: What can a local archive of films contribute to practices of memory and emancipation in the face of social upheavals and processes of oppression? What kinds of (hi)stories are stored in these archives and their films? What processes of revision do we run into when watching this disparate, idiosyncratic, and fragmentary material?
As part of Forum Expanded, there will be a joint presentation of the project, using sounds and images to performatively repose these questions, all the while providing insight into the practices and methods of the ongoing subprojects: the South African B-Scheme films, made for a black audience from the 1970s to the late ’80s; the lifework of Sudanese filmmaker Gadalla Gubara, which bridges both genres and eras; Revisiting Memory, an archival research project related to periods of transition at the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo; the collection of documentary films from the 1970s that are partly held in Guinea-Bissau; and the collection of films by African filmmakers at the archive of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, which is closely linked to the history of the Berlinale’s Forum.
Visionary Archive is funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
12:15 B-Schemes with Darryl Els (South Africa)
12:45 From Boé to Berlin with Filipa César and Flora Gomes (Guinea-Bissau)
13:15 It all depends with Tobias Hering and Marie-Hélène Gutberlet (Germany)
14:00 Studio Gad with Sara Gubarra, Nadja Korinth, Stefan Pethke and Katharina von Schroeder (Sudan)
14:30 Revisiting Memory with Hana al Bayaty and Yasmin Desouki (Egypt)