ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM

As usual there will be live music at the opening event, this time with Melchi VE from Cameroon

LIVE MUSIC

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

19.09. THURSDAY

19:00

MELCHI VE

FESTIVAL OPENING WITH LIVE MUSIC

Melchi VE was born in Cameroon. His music – a mix of world music, reggae and pop – recalls his childhood experiences and describes the realities of Cameroonian society. He sings in his mother tongue Bamum and in Camfranglais, a slang spoken by youngsters in his homeland. His songs explore subjects ranging from the daily life in western Cameroonian villages to the situation faced by women and children, and the meaning of solidarity and love. He describes life in Cameroon’s large cities where people get by with a healthy mix of optimism, good humour and ingenuity. Melchi began singing in 2008 and first learnt to play classical piano. It was only later that he picked up a guitar. He performs as a solo artist and plays the acoustic guitar, while creating live electronic rhythms and sounds.

Free of Charge

As in 2018, the KITMA society, which is a non-profit organisation, will offer workshops relating to topics addressed in selected films. For first-year students in Latin American studies at the University of Cologne or anyone else with a keen interest in the region, there will also be a workshop on Cinema Negro in Brazil.

WORKSHOPS VON KITMA e.V.

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

21.09. SATURDAY

17:00

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

Sociometry – identifying, exploring and understanding global interrelating factors

Subjects such as the climate, racism, migration, (post-)colonialism and the global economic system are often only viewed in isolation. But such an approach makes it impossible to conduct a proper analysis of the challenges that have emerged in the course of globalisation. “Global learning”, on the other hand, looks at it from all perspectives and recognises the complex interrelationships that exist between what were seemingly unrelated problem areas. This allows us to see the bigger picture, identify causes, question commonly accepted views, and find global solutions to our world’s problems. In this workshop we want to present the concept of “sociometry”, an interactive method that will provide an insight into how different issues are interrelated

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

21.09. SATURDAY

19:30

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

Résistance – when asking no longer works!

After EVERYTHING MUST FALL (Sa 21.09. 17:00 pm)

Most of our society’s great achievements – be it issues relating to equality, employment or environmental protection – would not have come about had it been left down to the good will of those in power or us having to ask for change. No, they happened due to the energetic résistance of individuals or small groups, whose initiative gave rise to entire movements. Inspired by the film EVERYTHING MUST FALL, we would like to talk to you about the legitimacy and boundaries of civil disobedience. When is it legitimate to break the law in the interests of justice? Where do we enter the grey area? How much power does the individual have? We will look at these and other questions and you are all welcome to join us. Rehad Desai, the South African director of EVERYTHING MUST FALL, will be attending our workshop, as will another guest, who will take an indepth look at an established yet controversial initiative from the Cologne area which, at the time of writing, is yet to be announced.

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

22.09. SUNDAY

14:30

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

Poverty and wealth – purely a matter of definition

After SYSTEM K (Su 22.09. 12:00 pm)

In this workshop we will address the terms “poor” and “rich”. How is wealth defined in our society? Where does wealth come from and how is it distributed? How do we become “rich”? How much is actually “merited” in a meritocracy and how do we deal with envy? We want to discuss these and similar questions with you at this interactive workshop. We will apply tried-and-tested methods and look at both scientific theories and dominant mainstream views.

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

22.09. SUNDAY

18:00

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

Colonialism’s bitter legacy – what’s the situation today?

Before African Shorts Ostafrika (Su 22.09. 20:30 pm)

Even though the age of colonialism is officially considered to be over, we are still seeing great structural disparity and stereotypes are commonplace. In this workshop we would like to draw attention to postcolonial structures and look at the current situation in former colonies with you. We will also take a closer look at why people flee or their motivations for emigrating from countries with a colonial past. Are we on the right path towards a fairer world or are we heading for greater separation and inequality? We will explore these questions and more by using interactive methods that help us to look at the issues from a different perspective and take a different approach to addressing them.

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

27.09. FRIDAY

20:00

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

Is multiculturalism dead? A Germany caught between diversity and a single dominant culture

It feels as though multiculturalism has become something of a taboo subject. Diversity is increasingly being viewed as a threat. We want to address the fears and facts surrounding this topic and dedicate the workshop to the following questions: What do identity and culture mean in modern times? Who is a foreigner, who is German, and who decides? Where does integration finish and assimilation begin? We will use interactive methods to find answers to these questions and discuss them in detail with participants.

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

28.09. SATURDAY

18:00

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

“We are the architects of our own fortunes” – the drive for change

Migration is still a key issue for the media and people in general in Germany and throughout Europe. We want to look at it from the perspective of those affected. We will put ourselves in their shoes by using tried-and-tested methods and explore different motivations for migrating and discuss their legitimacy. We will also consider Europe’s closed-door policy and examine its legality.

Free of Charge

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

28.09. SATURDAY

20:00

WORKSHOP (KiTma e.V.)

The global economic system – two sides of the same coin

 

Our world has never been as global as it is today. But who are the winners and who are the losers of a global economic system? With the aid of a “bead-swapping game” we will map out the current global economic situation and outline the various power structures that are in place, while identifying the positive and negative aspects of our economic system and devising potential solutions and alternative approaches.

Free of Charge

 

All workshops are supported by the federal programme “Demokratie leben!” (“Live democracy”).

 

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM

POST-COLONIAL COLOGNE

Meeting point: In front of „Em Golde Kappes“, Neusser Str. 29

22.09. SUNDAY

12:00

29.09. SUNDAY

12:00

Post-colonial Cologne – an “anti-colonial” city tour of the Nippes “African district”

With Bebero Lehmann (historian/journalist)

Registration: mail@filminitiativ.de , + 49 221 – 46 96 243

Price: 8 Euros / 6 Euros (reduced)

Germany’s colonial empire came to an end more than a century ago. Yet colonial structures and ways of thinking are still evident in our daily lives and there are lots of cities with street names that refer to Germany’s colonial past. This chapter in German history is only gradually becoming part of the collective historical consciousness, however. Almost nobody knows why Cologne was considered the West’s “colonial metropolis” at the start of the 20th century. Or that the Cameroonian jurist Rudolph Manga Bell pursued the matter of German colonial rule in his homeland in court. Or how black people in the Weimar Republic got politically organised to fight colonialism and racism. The anti-colonial city tour turns Cologne’s “African district” into a public place of learning and remembrance, where participants can discuss Cologne and Ger-many’s colonial past and question its post-colonial past and present. Bebero Lehmann is a historian and journalist. She offers city tours that shed a critical light on colonialism and is involved in the nationwide initiative “Decolonize Deutschland”. She also initiated Cologne’s first Black History Month in February 2019.

As part of the 17th Africa Film Festival Cologne FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. and the Zentralbibliothek Köln invite to the panel discussion SAMBA DE FASCISMO – Is Brazil headed for a dictatorship?

STADTBIBLIOTHEK KÖLN

23.09. MONTAG

19:00

PANEL DISCUSSION

SAMBA DE FASCISMO

Is Brazil headed for a dictatorship?

Intro:

Myriam „Mymmi“ Chebabi

(Brasilien-Sketch from Immisitzung 2019)

Inputs:

Gabriel Martins (Director, Brasil)

Carola Saavedra (Author, currently in exile in Cologne)

Barbara Santos (Brasilian actor and writer)

 

Brazil is home to the world’s largest African diaspora. More than half of Brazilians are of African ancestry. In recent years a remarkably creative black film scene has emerged in Brazil. But since the farright President Jair Bolsonaro took office at the start of 2019, it’s not only their livelihoods that are under threat, but democracy as a whole. This is the subject matter of “Samba de Fascismo”, a sketch by Myriam “Mymmi” Chebabi, the Brazilian president of Cologne’s Immisitzung (a carnival variety show that promotes the integration of immigrants). Filmmaker Gabriel Martins, writer Carola Saavedra and actor and writer Barbara Santos will be in attendance to inform guests about the current situation in their country.

Free of Charge

 

In cooperation with Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua (Portugal), Portugiesisch-Brasilianisches Institut der Universität zu Köln, CineBrasil, Cinema Negro, Infor-mationsstelle Lateinamerika e. V. (ila), Köln-Rio e. V. & Kino Latino Köln

Melchi VE

Workshop KiTma e.V. (2018)

Bebero Lehmann

Barbara Santos

Carola Saavedra

Myriam Chebabi

Gabriel Martins