Radical Cinema, Then and Now
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As part of the film series Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50, the German Film Office presents a panel discussion on radical cinema in the 1970s, its legacy, and the continued importance of political filmmaking today. With Comes the Revolution curator Josh Siegel, Berlinale Forum section head Cristina Nord, filmmakers Nuotama Bodomo and Rosa von Praunheim, and festival director Annouchka de Andrade. Moderated by film scholar Yasmina Price.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Annouchka De Andrade is the artistic director of the Amiens International Film Festival. A screenwriter, producer and distributor with over 25 years in the field, she has simultaneously earned experience in intercultural dialogue and cultural analysis that has enabled her to work for the French diplomatic service as Cultural Attaché and director of the Institut Français in Seville, Spain, and in Colombia as Regional Audiovisual Attaché for the Andean nations. With her sister Henda Ducados, she is dedicated to preserving and sharing the work of Sarah Maldoror and Mario de Andrade, two individuals who fought for African independence and cultural emancipation. Crucial to their project is the restoration of films and the archiving of documents, correspondance, manuscripts, screenplays etc.
Nuotama Frances Bodomo is a Ghanaian writer and director. She grew up in Ghana, Norway, California, and Hong Kong before moving to New York to study film at Columbia University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her award-winning short films have played at festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, Telluride, Rotterdam, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films. Afronauts was exhibited at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 and at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture (US Pavilion) as part of Dimensions of Citizenship. She most recently served as staff writer and director on Random Acts of Flyness (HBO) and is currently developing the feature film version of Afronauts.
Cristina Nord has been section head of the Berlinale Forum since August 2019. Born in 1968 in Korbach, Germany, she studied general and comparative literature in Berlin and Latin American studies in San José, Costa Rica. After graduating with a Master of Arts, she worked as a journalist and editor. Between 2002 and 2015, she was film editor for the culture section of the German taz. die tageszeitung newspaper. In parallel, she taught film criticism at the Freie Universität Berlin, was a member of the selection panel for the German-language documentary film festival Duisburger Filmwoche, contributed to the Filmtip program for the German broadcaster WDR, and wrote numerous essays as well as the book True Blood (Diaphanes, 2015). In 2015, she began working at the Goethe-Institut and took over as head of programming for the South West European region in Brussels.
Rosa von Praunheim was born in 1942 as Holger Mischwitzky in Riga, Latvia. His artist name Rosa refers to the pink triangle (“rosa Winkel”) that homosexuals were forced to wear in the Nazi concentration camps. He has made more than 70 films, many of which deal with his favorite subjects: homosexuality, older women, New York City. In 1971 he achieved notoriety with his feature debut It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Situation In Which He Lives. This self-critical film was crucial to the founding of a new gay movement in Germany; over 50 political gay groups sprang up in the wake of its presentation throughout the country.
Yasmina Price is a writer, researcher, and PhD student in the Departments of African American Studies and Film & Media Studies at Yale University. She focuses on anti-colonial African cinema and the work of visual artists across the Black diaspora, with a particular interest in the experimental work of women filmmakers. Recent work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Inquiry, and Social Text Online.
Josh Siegel, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, has organized more than 100 film, media and gallery exhibitions, many of which have appeared on Best of the Year lists in The New York Times, Artforum, Film Comment, and The New Yorker. He serves on the selection committees of the annual festivals New Directors/New Films and Doc Fortnight, and he is the founding director of To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation. Siegel is the co-editor and author of Frederick Wiseman (MoMA/Gallimard) as well as Modern Contemporary: Art at MoMA Since 1980 and the monographs Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A History of Finnish Cinema and The Łódź Film School of Poland: 50 Years. He serves on the executive boards of MacDowell, Light Industry, Cinema Tropical, and The Maurice Sendak Foundation.