Berlinale: Programme


Film File

Forum Expanded Exhibition

Café Togo

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Café Togo looks at the efforts to change street names with colonial connotations in the so-called Afrikanisches Viertel (African Quarter) in Berlin-Wedding. According to Berlin’s street law, every street named after a person honors that person. Petersallee, Lüderitzstraße, and Nachtigalplatz bear the names of persons whose biographies are tainted by the blood of the victims of German colonialism. According to the law, streets that do not correspond to today’s understanding of democracy and human rights should be renamed. Café Togo follows the visions of the Black activist Abdel Amine Mohammed, who is working for a paradigm shift in the politics of state symbols: away from honoring colonial criminals, toward commemorating the victims and the resistance and freedom fighters of the German colonial regime. His goal: a multidimensional politics of memory within postcolonial perspectives. Abdel Amine Mohammed therefore wrote the story “With Colonial Love.” It is this story, along with a reference to the NS propaganda film Carl Peters (1941), which narrates the founding of German East Africa, that forms the basis for Café Togo.

by
Musquiqui Chihying
Gregor Kasper

Germany / Taiwan

English, German

27’ · Black/White · 3-Kanal-Videoinstallation

World premiere

With

Abdel Amine Mohammed (Amine & Street Lecturer)
Hike (Hike & Ramasan)
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt (Gustav Nachtigal)
Keto Logua (Adolf Lüderitz)
Kristof Trakal (Carl Peters)
Yugen Yah (Samurai)
Musquiqui Chihying (Chih)
Aaron Snyder (Musician)
Jimmy Trash (Musician)
Igor Meiji (Musician)
Han Le Han (Waitress)
Ling Yu He (Waitress)

Crew

Directors
Musquiqui Chihying, Gregor Kasper
Screenplay
Gregor Kasper
Director of Photography
Lucas Bueno Maia
Editing
Musquiqui Chihying
Music
Aaron Snyder, Jimmy Trash, Igor Meiji, Sum-Sum Shen
Sound Design
Sum-Sum Shen
Sound
Sum-Sum Shen
Production Design
Victor Bone
Costumes
Han Le Han
Make-up
Louisa Gniffke
Assistant Director
Antonia Cattan
Production Management
Musquiqui Chihying, Gregor Kasper
Producer
Musquiqui Chihying

Biography

Musquiqui Chihying

Musquiqui Chihying,
born in 1985 in Taiwan, is an artist and filmmaker based in Taipei, Taiwan, and Berlin. He works with diverse media and formats such as video, photography, and installation. His recent works investigate the post-colonial and post-immigrant ideology embedded in public domain and pop culture. Chihying has participated in several international exhibitions and biennials. In addition, he regularly publishes articles in art publications and is also the member of Taiwanese art group Fuxinghen Studio.

Filmography

2013 Untitled (D.C.S.I); 15 min., with Rami George · The Route: from China Town to China Town 2014 The Alp; 1 min., video installation · The Jog; 1 min., video installation 2016 The Camera (16) · The Camera (36) 2018 Café Togo

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Gregor Kasper

Gregor Kasper,
 born in 1986 in Germany, is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. He studied painting at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin and is currently completing his MA Art in Context at Berlin University of the Arts.

Filmography

2018 Café Togo

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Musquiqui Lab.