Online Discussion Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020): Burhan Qurbani in Conversation with Myria Georgiou

Two men in clown masks Berlin Alexanderplatz

Tue, 01.03.2022

7:00 PM


We are pleased to team up with London Migration Film Festival to present an online conversation between Burhan Qurbani, the director of Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) and Myria Georgiou, Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). You still can watch the film online until Wed 2 March.

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About the Speakers

Burhan Qurbani was born in Erkelenz in 1980 as the son of Afghan emigrants. He gained his first experience in the media sector after graduating from high school. He worked as an editorial assistant at the women's magazine "Elle" in Stuttgart, as an assistant director at the Stuttgart State Theatre and as a camera assistant at the Stuttgart film production company teamWerk. 
From 2002 he studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His full-length graduation film Shahada about three young Muslims living in Berlin celebrated its premiere in 2010 in the Berlinale competition and subsequently won several awards. Burhan Qurbani's second long feature film We Are Young. We Are Strong (Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark, 2014), which chronicles the arson attacks on a home for asylum seekers in Rostock-Lichtenhagen in 1992, received much attention In 2018, Qurbani began shooting Berlin Alexanderplatz, which received several German Film Awards including one in Silver for Best Film. (based on

Myria Georgiou is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she also serves as Research Director. She researches and teaches on migration and urbanisation in the context of intensified mediation. Adopting comparative and interdisciplinary approach, she has been studying communication practices and media representations and how they shape meanings and experiences of citizenship and identity. She is the author and editor of four books and more than sixty peer reviewed publications covering subjects such as racism and the media, the “European refugee crisis”, the city as a place of refuge, or the role of the digital for human connectedness but also in the realm of real and symbolic control. Professor Georgiou has also worked as a consultant for a number of regional and international organisations, most importantly the Council of Europe. Apart from that she has written for and been interviewed by a number of national and international media and worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation before becoming a full time academic.

About the Migration Film Festival

Founded in 2016, the London Migration Film Festival seeks to challenge the narrow mainstream rhetoric on migration. In doing so, the festival hopes to restore the humanity, and dignity, inherent within migration.