Welcome to the CARMAH Kino!

Summer Semester 2019

IfEE Medialab (M. Straße 40/41, Room 009), alternate Tuesdays 16:30-18:30

Join us in the IfEE Medialab every other week to watch and discuss films relating to museums and heritage.

Should you have any questions, or suggestions for films you would like to see programmed, please contact Debbie Onuoha.

June 12th: The End of Fear (2018)

For our sixth and final session of the semester, we explore controversies about the vandalism and restoration of art in the Netherlands. Filmmaker Barbara Visser will join us for a Q&A following the screening of the film.

The End of Fear dir. Barbara Visser | the Netherlands | 2018 | 70'

In 1986, a man entered the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and slashed the painting Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue with a utility knife, supposedly, in response to the abstract nature of the work. A controversial restoration and court case followed. The End of Fear unravels the bizarre history of the destruction and restoration of ‘Who’s Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue III’ by Barnett Newmann. Visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Visser revisits the very public destruction, restoration and court case of this iconic painting.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/252544062

June 3rd: Lobi Kuna (2018) and Palimpsest of the Africa Museum (2018)

Our fifth session is a double-bill on colonial histories in Belgium’s Africa Museum. Filmmaker Matthias de Groof will join us for a Q&A session after the screenings!

Lobi Kuna dir. Matthias de Groof | Belgium| 2018 | 45‘

“When photographer Mekhar Kiyoso is in the Africa Museum for a shoot he becomes unsettled as the views through his lens reveal the macabre museum as a mausoleum of his cultural heritage. As he’s being possessed by the artefacts, he remembers being alienated from them. Lobi Kuna (which in Lingala means ‘the day after tomorrow’ as well as ‘the day before yesterday’) tells the story of his appropriation of the past in order to project himself into a future.”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/272194649

Palimpsest of the Africa Museum dir. Matthias de Groof & Mona Mpembele | Belgium| 2018 | 75‘

“In 2013, the Royal Museum for Central Africa closes for renovation. Not only the building and the museum cabinets are in need of renewal: the spirit of the museum has to be brought into this century. In COMRAF, a board of advisers, the process of decolonization leads to fierce discussions.”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/291927190

May 28th: Herbarium (2013), World Wood Web (2017) and Havemos de Voltar (2017)

Our fourth session of the semester is a collection of short films. Each reenvisions natural history in spaces such as museums, botanical gardens and forests.

Herbarium dir. Barbara Visser | The Netherlands | 2013 | 8‘

‘Herbarium’ is a cinematographic observation based on the changes in the classification of plants. Going from classical taxonomy to genetic data-storage, Visser wonders what is left when the plant its separated from its physical features. What is a plant to us, without the sensation of smell, texture and its visual appearance? In a long abandoned tropical greenhouse formerly used by the biology faculty of Wageningen University, during a full moon night, the dry plants are reanimated, in a visual language where nature is shown as an artefact, devoid of any natural context. — IMDb

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/86852859

World Wood Web dir. Ida Marie Gedbjerg | Belgium | 2017 | 12‘

“2713. The Internet has been taken over by a vast organic network forming the World Wood Web.This is the story about Gregorious Dubois who became a tree and discovered the World Wood Web on a cold December day.”

Read more on the filmmaker’s website

Havemos de Voltar (We Will Return) dir Kiluanji Kia Henda | Angola | 2017 | 18'

“In Kiluanji Kia Henda’s Havemos de Voltar, a historical artifact becomes sentient and refuses to be an object in the service of history, the mechanics of the colonial and post-independence identity become
indistinguishable.” —Adjective


May 14: Branco Sai, Preto Fica (White Out, Black In) (2014)

From Brazil, our third film of the semester blends past, present and future in an experimental exploration of how to deal with contentious histories.

Branco Sai, Preto Fica [White Out, Black In] dir. Adirley Queirós | Brazil | 2014 | 93‘

“In this film based on a true story, director Adirley Queirós mixes documentary, science fiction and music and explodes all three of the familiar genres. An agent travels from the year 2073 to the present to examine Brazil’s destructive social development. He lands in Ceilândia, a satellite city of Brasilia. He meets the former musician Marquim and ex-dancer Sartana. Both are Afro-Brazilians and both have had to live with physical and mental injuries since a racially-motivated police attack on them in a club in 1986.” — Nuremberg Film Festival

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/103928871


April 30th. The Destruction of Memory (2016)

For our second session we will continue with the theme of the dissassembly of monuments, by looking at the destruction of cultural heritage as a form of political warfare in conflict zones.

The Destruction of Memory dir Tim Slade | Tim Slade | USA | 2016 | 81 min

The Destruction of Memory
dir. Tim Slade | USA | 2016 | 81‘

The purposeful demolishment of buildings, books and art as part of war has wrought catastrophic results on every continent. Leading up to the destruction of historical cities such as Aleppo and Homs in Syria, this deep investigation spans over a period of more than 100 years. We take a close look at the devastation of cultural, religious and historical heritage as a means to erase collective memory and identity and gain new insight into how such crimes against humanity have been combatted in international politics. 

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/143061688

Following the screening, director Tim Slade will join us for a Q&A over skype.

April 16: The Fall of Lenin (2017) and Disgraced Monuments (1994)

For our first session of the 2019 summer semester, we will be watching two films about the fate of political monuments in post-Soviet states.


The Fall of Lenin dir. Svitlana Shymko | Ukraine | 2017 | 11‘

“Ironic documentary film about the farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine. The spiritual session with the ghost of Lenin guides us through our past, present and the future. The film presents the dawn and the twilight of idols, and the curious afterlife of history’s ghosts. “The Fall of Lenin” is inspired by laws adopted in 2015 by the Parliament of Ukraine, which condemn the Communist totalitarian regime and ban the use of its symbols.”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/204761302


The Fall of Lenin. Svitlana Symko.

Disgraced Monuments dir. Laura Mulvey & Mark Lewis | UK | 1994 | 49‘

“Filmmakers Laura Mulvey and Mark Lewis use rare archival footage and interviews with artists, art historians, and museum directors to examine the fate of Soviet-era monuments during successive political regimes, from the Russian Revolution through the collapse of communism. Mulvey and Lewis highlight both the social relevance of these relics and the cyclical nature of history. Broadcast on Channel Four as part of the ‘Global Image’ series (1992-1994).” — Letterboxd