wo girls promise each other to remain friends. One of them, Raquel, becomes famous, the other, Maria, becomes a wife and mother. Both are what one could call happy. Suddenly Marias oldest son disappears: he is captured by the Argentinian army – a desaparecido. Together the two friends go looking for him and become more and more distant from each other. Jeanine Meerapfel portraits resistance in a time of palsy, avoids black and white portrayal and sets a monument to the “madres de la plaza de mayo”. read more


The life of a modest cigarette smuggler changes completely when one day he takes on an unusually large cargo. It turns out to be a kidnapped woman who adds colour to his lonely life as well as danger when he takes her under his wing Todor, a Serbian smuggler in Trieste, Italy, earns his daily bread by smuggling fake brand cigarettes.

Germany/Italy/France 2007
Regie: Nora Hoppe
108 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 06; In Kooperation mit dem Italienzentrum der Universität Innsbruck
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La Pirogue

A pirogue is a simple type of ship, a logboat, which is actually used for fishing. In LA PIROGUE it plays a decisive role as it is supposed to bring a group of Africans over the Canaries to the assumed paradise Europe. However, the crossing turns out to be a life endangering challenge. Politically motivated, the drama brings into focus what goes on on the boat itself and gives the viewer an understanding of the inconvenient events – more than he/she might want to.

Senegal/France/Germany 2012
Regie: Moussa Touré
87 min, DCP, Farbe, OmeU
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Following the tracks of the missionaries, Téno travels from Wuppertal via South Africa, Namibia, Cameroon and Togo back to Wuppertal in order to research about the history of the missionary society. Téno’s film reconstructs the interactions between Christian ‘ethos’, economical-colonial interests and the traumatic experiences of those evangelised. It also picks the issue of the current position of the African church and its political commitment.

Cameroon/F/D 2006
Regie: Jean-Marie Téno
79 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Fespaco 2007
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Port á Piment is a village of fishermen in Haiti. In his film essay Raoul Peck uses it as contrast to the metropolises of the world where relentless pursuit for capital and success characterizes the people. Instead of dominating financial markets and stock exchanges there is only a market in the small town where people sell food with narrow profit margin. Shall profit really be meaning of life? Accompanied by Abdullah Ibrahim’s music the movie gives utterance to this central question through scenes of daily life, TV news and old feature films.

Haiti/France/Germany 2001
Regie: Raoul Peck
57min, Video, Farbe, OmU
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Basierend auf einem Drehbuchentwurf von Daniel Cohn-Bendit macht sich das Regiekollektiv Dziga Vertov geführt von Jean-Luc Godard auf, „keine politischen Filme mehr zu machen, sondern Filme politisch zu machen“ (Godard) und startet einen radikalen Angriff auf das bürgerliche Konzept von Repräsentation und auf das „Herz des immensen Hollywood-Mosfilm-Cinecittà-Pinewood-Imperium.“ Formal und inhaltlich ein Kinoversuch, in dem sich der Italo-Western (Gian Mario Volonte), das Cine Novo (Glauber Rocha) und der Pariser Mai 1968 (Daniel Cohn-Bendit) an einer Kreuzung im Niemandsland knapp verpassen. read more

Little Senegal

For more than 30 years, Alloune worked in the History of Slavery Museum on the island of Gorée near Dakar. Not long retired, this sixty-five-year old widower decides to go on a trip to the USA to try and trace his ancestors who were sold as slaves to the New World more than a hundred years ago.

Algeria/F/D 2010
Regie: Rachid Bouchareb
97 min, 35mm, Cinemascope, Farbe, französisch-englische OmU


They were Franco’s canon fodder: 90.000 Moroccans fought in the Spanish civil war on the general’s side. With false promises and under compulsion were they pushed into the army. Even though many of them were still teenagers, they proved to be crucial for Franco’s victory. Still, the Spanish government has never acknowledged their sacrifice: The survivors, by now Spanish citizens, do not even receive a retirement pay.

Marocco/D/E 2006
Regie: Driss Deiback
80 min, Beta SP, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Berlinale 2007
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17 year old Mamlakat dreams of being an actress. Unfortunately this is a rather difficult plan in the village in Uzbekistan where she lives. As a theatre company visits the town on tour she considers her chance to be come. Even though she misses the show she doesn’t miss one of the actors later that night. Shortly afterwards she comes to know that she is pregnant. To find out who the father of her child is she embarks on a journey across central Asia, together with her father and brother. Thereby they meet a lot of shady characters, including a marriage impostor.
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A documentary about the only Turkish Lady-football team in Europe. The girls of „BSC-Agrispor“ are between 16 and 18 years old and live in Berlin Kreuzberg. The 45 minute film shows the young women during their training, at away games, at home with their families and at their workplaces.

Germany 1995
Regie: Aysun Bademsoy
43 min, Beta SP, Farbe, dt. OF


Maria Schell – a glamorous name, a dream career, and a tragic fate. A thrilling chapter in international film history full of episodes worth telling, with a bitter end to the life of an artist.

Austria/D/CH 2002
Regie: Maximilian Schell
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, dt. OF

Memory of Justice

Eine monumentale Erzählung über die Nürnberger Prozesse von Marcel Ophüls, einem der bedeutendsten Dokumentaristen des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Restored by the Academy Film Archive in association with Paramount Pictures and The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by The Material World Charitable Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, and The Film Foundation. In Cooperation with Stadtkino Wien.

D/GB/USA 1975
Regie: Marcel Ophüls
278 min, OmdUT
Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit dem Otto Preminger-Institut.
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In Mosconi, einer Kleinstadt im Norden Argentiniens, wird eine Union arbeitsloser Arbeiter gegründet. Mosconi gilt als Paradigma für das, was man heute unter Verlust von Staat und Politik versteht. Waren vor der Privatisierung des staatlichen Erdölkonzerns 95 Prozent der Bevölkerung beschäftigt, so stieg die Arbeitslosenquote danach auf 70 Prozent. Doch nicht nur die traditionellen Arbeitsverhältnisse lösten sich auf, sondern das gesamte System infrastruktureller Versorgung. Heute kann sich die Mehrheit der dort lebenden Bevölkerung nicht einmal eine Gasflasche leisten. read more


Sarajevo. Luna and Amar are a happy couple, but their relationship is put on a hard test. After Amar has lost his job due to drunkenness, Luny starts to worry whether her dream of having a child with him can still come true. A former war comrade fixes Amar up with a new job in a strictly Muslim community. He gets more and more attracted by this community and feels comfortable in the strict and very devout lifestyle, but Luna refuses to follow him.

Bosnia-Herzegowina/AT/DE/HR 2010
Regie: Jasmila Žbanić
90 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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In her documentary Aysun Bademsoy portraits five young Turkish girls from Berlin-Kreuzberg, who so far have belonged to the successful Turkish Lady-football team „BSC Agrispor“. Until recently the friends bound great hopes for an independent future to their sporting success.

Germany 1997
Regie: Aysun Bademsoy
60 min, 16 mm, Farbe, dt. OF
In Kooperation mit Goethe-Institut


Hermann, a New York-based university professor and German Jew born in Dresden in 1939, lost his father and most of his relatives and childhood friends in the Shoah. He returned to Germany 50 years after the bombing of Dresden and he cannot recognize the district in which his family used to live.

Italy/Germany 2006
Regie: Vittorio Curzel
65 min, Beta SP, Farbe, s/w, OF mit engl. UT
In Anwesenheit von Vittorio Curzel, Mitglied der Internationalen Jury

Nairobi Half Life

Mwas sells videos in the streets of his countryside hometown in Kenya. His strategy of reenacting scenes from the movies helps his business along and makes him a unique character. The young man moves to Nairobi as to pursue his aim of becoming an actor. Only after living through a variety of lessons that the big city has to teach does the naive boy find friendship and „A Life“ as he says, in gang-criminality. Still he doesn‘t lose sight of his dream.

Kenya/Germany 2012
Regie: David „Tosh“ Gitonga
96 min, DCP, Farbe, OmU
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Good Morning Karachi

This is the story of a working-class beautician whose dreams of becoming a model lead to clashes with her mother and her betrothed. Good morning Karachi , which is also known as Rafina after the name of the lead character, is far more upbeat about Karachi’s prospects than the newspaper headlines would have us believe. Sumar tells us why. Edited excerpts from an email interview.

DE/GB/PK 2011
Regie: Sabiha Sumar
77 min, Colour, DCP, OmdU

Gangster of Love

25 years ago, Nedjeljko Babic left his job as a carpenter to start his God-given career: matching lonely men and women. He became famous very quickly – thanks to his skills, but also to his nickname „Gangster“ which he got solely for always wearing sunglasses. Lately his job has become more difficult than ever – women who do not want to live in the villages any more and uneducated middleaged men. When Maya, a young and pretty Bulgarian woman, comes to Gangster looking for a new husband, it seems that it will be an easy case for him. But the fact that she is a single mother and a foreigner seems to make it a mission impossible. Nebojša Slijepčeviċ Nebojša Slijepčeviċ wurde 1973 in Zagreb geboren und schloss dort read more

Pandora’s Box

When three forty-something-year-old siblings in Istanbul receivea call one night that their ageing mother has disappeared fromher home on the Western Black Sea Coast of Turkey, the three setout to find her, momentarily setting aside their problems. As thesiblings come together, the tensions between them quickly becomeapparent, like Pandora‘s box spilling open. They come to realize thatthey know very little about each other. And even more so, they areforced to reflect on their own shortcomings. And it is her grandsonwho finally decides to come closer to the old woman and acceptsher the way she is. read more


Paradise Girls is about three young women, Miki, Pei Pei and Shirley, who are going through an emotional phase in their lives in different places in the world. Their initially carefree lives have each been disrupted by men: a boyfriend, a father and a young son. Each girl‘s individual reaction on these recent misfortunes illustrates a determination as well as a subconscious love of life that is so characteristic to their age.

Germany/NL 2004
Regie: Fow Pyung Hu
105 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
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Every year a football tournament that beats any other tournament in terms of size and eccentricity takes place in Amazonia. For 5 months more than 1000 teams from all parts of society compete against each other. But it‘s not all about the beauty of football. Female beauty plays a vital role, too. By the rules of the Peladão every participating team has to present a beauty queen. For the success of a team having a beautiful queen is even more important than having skilled players… read more

Pepe Mujica

José Mujica, known as Pepe, a former flower grower and founding member of the urban guerilla group “Tupamaros” in the repressive Uruguay of the 1970s, has become famous for being the “world`s poorest president”. He is considered one of the most charismatic politicians of Latin America. Old and young believe in him thanks to his humble lifestyle and his unconventional manners where political protocol is concerned. His political visions have created international interest. The film grants an insightful glimpse into his unusual beliefs and visions.

D 2014
Regie: Heidi Specogna
94 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English Subtitles
In Cooperation with Goethe-Institut and Radio Freirad
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