Discussion, Film Movement of Witnesses

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Tue, 01.11.2016

Goethe-Institut Damascus in Exile

Movements of displaced people are also movements of witnesses and exile is the place where the witness is borne. The topic of this panel is the challenge of using art to make Syrians’ suffering and daily struggles for a life of freedom and dignity tangible. It will also look at the work of those who continue to pursue art and cultural projects in Syria as well as the potential for a productive exchange between these worlds. Amongst other things, the discussion will consider to what extent artistic testimony is more than just an additional source of information, what value it represents for those immediately affected, and whether this kind of art can motivate political solidarity in exiled communities.
Following the discussion there will be a showing of the film Home by Rafat Alzakout. It describes the attempt in 2012 by a group of young Syrian artists in the northern Syrian city of Manbij to overcome significant adversity and create a free space for creativity.


Sana Yazigi, artist, The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution, Damascus/Beirut
Zaina Erhaim, journalist and director of the film Syria's Rebellious Women, Aleppo
Maan Moussli, documentary film director of Shakespeare in Zaatari, Deir-ez-Zor/Osnabrück
Nawar Bulbul, actor und theatre director, Shakespeare in Zaatari, Homs/Amman
Zainab Alsawah, drama student at the Berlin University of the Arts, Homs/Berlin
Dr André Grahle, Philosophy lecturer at LMU Munich, Munich
In cooperation with Karama. www.kollektivkarama.de