West-Eastern Cinematheque

    About Fikrun

    Fikrun wa Fann was a cultural magazine published by the Goethe Institute from 1963 to 2016 that supported and shaped the cultural exchange between Germany and Islamic countries. Together with the publishing of the last issue, “Flight and Displacement” (issue 105), in autumn of 2016 the maintenance and updating of this online portal was ceased.
    Film is probably the art form which is understood by the largest number of people, irrespective of their origin and education. Films with new topics from the Islamic world and Europe are increasingly providing stiff competition for the American dream factory and outdated clichés.

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    Cinema between Cultures

    Sibel Kekilli dancing with Filmmaker Fatih Akin on the set of 'Head On' (2003). Copyright: Wüste Filmproduktion, photo by Kerstin Stelter
    Director Fatih Akin won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for the film Gegen Die Wand (English title: Head-On). Ever since, German cinema-goers have been more open to German-Turkish films. But what is the origin of this success and what exactly is this 'cinema on the interface between the cultures'?
    By Amin FarzanefarMore ...

    Money, Exoticism, and Aesthetic
    How Oriental Films Make it to Europe

    Bassem Samra in Yousry Nasrallah’s 'El Medina – La Ville' (1999). Copyright: Kool Filmdistribution
    Only very few Oriental films make it onto cinema screens in Europe. Ludwig Ammann, a distributor who specialises in the Orient, explains that it has less to do with the prejudices of cinema-goers and more to do with economics.More ...

    Moving Pictures Once Again
    Film and Filmmakers in Post-Taliban Afghanistan

    Mohmmad Arif Herati in Siddiq Barmak’s 'Osama' (2003). Copyright: Delphi Filmverleih
    The West generally considers Afghanistan to be a political problem. Many people completely overlook the fact that the country also has a cultural scene that is producing many promising films and film projects. Martin Gerner has launched an Afghan Film Festival in Cologne and reports on progress.
    By Martin GernerMore ...

    Educated and Well Dressed
    Arab Woman Filmmakers

    Scene from Raja Amari’s film debut ‚Al-Sitar al-Ahmar’ (‚Red Satin’, 2002). Copyright: Alamode Film/Pyramide International/ADR
    Women are playing an increasingly important role in contemporary Arab cinema, especially as directors. In the conflict between patriarchy and Islamism on the one hand, and the emancipation movement on the other, they are creating a new, impressive cinematic language.
    By Rebecca HillauerMore ...