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Silent RoomSimon Heijdens 11:00 - 20:00 at Kruisplein • 540′
A long matt-black building offers an immersive experience of silence and peace, forming a black hole in the sensory overload of its outside environment. This anechoic chamber has no sound or echo. The lighting reduces all colours to black and white. A rare experience of the self in an unmediated state.
Journey to RussiaAngela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian 11:00 - 18:00 at TENT • 420′
In the late 1980s, found-footage pioneers Gianikian & Ricci Lucchi travelled to Russia looking for living memories of the avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. The result is a work consisting of a 10-metre-long watercolour roll with their notes and drawings from the trip, as well as a video installation showing their search for the survivors.
Pan-African Cinema Lounge11:00 - 20:00 at V2_ Space 2 • 540′
June Givanni's Pan-African Cinema Lounge: four screens providing absorbing films from the African diaspora, exploring the expansive notion of Pan-Africanism encompassing 100+ years of Africa's relationship to the rest of the world. Featuring key voices and events on the topic: W.E.B. Du Bois/Aimé Césaire/C.L.R. James/First Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar.
The Eyeslicer 90s Hangoutvarious directors | The Eyeslicer 11:00 - 17:00 at Het Nieuwe Instituut • 360′
In a specially fitted-out 1990s hangout in Het Nieuwe Instituut, you can immerse yourself in a collection of bizarre short films by a new generation of American filmmakers. Also featuring new work from Rotterdam artists’ collective Lastplak, and you can play on pinball machines with ’90s film themes from the Dutch Pinball Museum.
PACT Virtual Reality11:00 - 20:00 at V2_ Space 1 • 540′
Experience Pan-Africa in four VR works: Let This Be a Warning by The Nest Collective (Kenya); Spirit Robot by Jonathan Dotse (Ghana); Hard World for Small Things by Janicza Bravo (USA) and The Other Dakar by Selly Raby Kane (Senegal). At the same location: June Givanni's Pan-African Cinema Lounge.
AngkarNeary Adeline Hay 11:30 - 12:41 at Pathé 5 • 71′
The filmmaker, daughter from a forced marriage in a Khmer Rouge detention village, returns with her father to meet his former persecutors in the obscure intimacy of the village in which they lived together for four years. Between past and present, the forgotten spectres re-emerge and the story, face-to-face, is finally told.
Ruthless ManVetri Maaran 13:45 - 16:25 at LantarenVenster 2 • 150′
Prabhu's already shaken but still safe-seeming middle-class existence finally falls apart when he loses his precious bike. Suddenly, he finds himself in a bleak world of betrayal and violence. A key work of modern Tamil cinema that plays like the psycho-thriller version of Vittorio de Sica's neorealist classic Bicycle Thieves (1948).
Kemtiyu, Cheikh AntaOusmane William Mbaye 15:00 - 16:34 at KINO 2 • 94′
The remarkable story about the lifework of Senegalese scientist Cheikh Anta Diop who studied philosophy, physics, chemistry, history and linguistics. All this knowledge came together in his thesis: Africa is the birthplace of civilisation and the Egyptian pharaohs were black Africans. A claim with a high price to pay.
ZamaLucrecia Martel 15:30 - 17:25 at Pathé 6 • 115′
At the end of the eighteenth century Zama, a servant of the Spanish crown, whiles away his time on the banks of a South American river waiting for a letter from the king to reunite him with his wife – and civilisation. Martel’s film is an enchanting and original masterpiece that seems to have been made in a different era.
'77 No Commercial UseLuis Fulvio 16:00 - 18:34 at Pathé 3 • 127′
The maker, born in 1977, made this montage film about his endlessly fascinating year of birth. In Italy the streets were full of groups protesting, there were deaths during riots in Rome, Milan and Bologna, while armed movements attacked politicians and journalists. At the same time, there was a creative boom on many fronts, punk broke through and Elvis died.
PACT: Spectrum16:30 - 17:56 at KINO 4
A brief tour of Pan-Africa. A cinematic trip full of culture, musical traditions, eccentric characters and intense emotion. All to see from your seat and analogue.
Speak with Your Mouth ShutBalaji Mohan 17:00 - 19:30 at LantarenVenster 2 • 140′
As the 'mute flu' virus spreads through town and country, social borders and conventions crumble – in silence. Add in the power-boozing boss of a drinkers' association, an orphanage in dire need and many other absurd, crazy, real elements and you have a splendid piece of socially conscious comedy.
Le fort des fousNarimane Mari 19:00 - 21:20 at LantarenVenster 6 • 140′
In three acts, Mari investigates in a brilliant, complex way the heritage of the colonisation process. From a historic portrayal in her birthplace Algeria, where those in power speak a language only they understand, the film changes into a documentary report of utopians and anti-imperialists in Greece.
Black GirlOusmane Sembène 19:30 - 21:30 at KINO 2 • 59′
A young Senegalese woman is 'chosen' as a governess by a rich French family in Dakar. When she moves to live with them in France, a dream seems to be coming true. This influential film by Sembene, the father of African cinema, clinically exposes the colonial process of dehumanization through an extremely layered narrative.
Café com canelaAry Rosa, Glenda Nicácio 20:00 - 21:42 at Pathé 3 • 102′
Violeta lives in a Brazilian Bahia village full of striking characters. Everyone struggles with daily life, scarred by loss and mourning, yet all find comfort in the sense of community and spirituality. Only Margarida suffers in solitude and silence. A transforming film about transformation.
Memory Palaces20:00 - 21:53 at KINO 4
Memories make us who we are. These filmmakers open up perspectives that allow us to come to terms with our memories, hold on to them or bring them back to life. Or you may choose to ritually bury them.
AviyalAlphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Guru Smaran 21:00 - 23:08 at KINO 3 • 118′
Perhaps more than any other younger Tamil auteur, director/producer Karthik Subbaraj still honours his roots in shorts. In Aviyal, he unleashed his second omnibus project on Tamil audiences – a roller-coaster of moods and ideas with thrills and laughs, strange sex, a brawling film crew and family problems of a sensual nature.
Lamaland (Teil I)Pablo Sigg 21:00 - 22:58 at Pathé 2 • 91′
In the jungle of Paraguay live the Schweikhart brothers, descendants of the Aryan colony Nueva Germania, once founded in Paraguay by the sister of Nietzsche. With them as protagonists and in difficult conditions, Sigg shot this painterly fiction about the collapse of the fossilised order of their daily existence. With a leading role for a hypnotic, threatening soundtrack.
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson 22:00 - 23:30 at LantarenVenster 6 • 90′
In 1946, filmmaker Wilkerson's great-grandfather shot a black man dead – and no one batted an eyelid. Seventy years later in Alabama, when he asks for more details about this family secret, he soon realises that people don’t want to awaken the ghosts of the past.
Footprints of Pan AfricanismShirikiana Aina 22:00 - 23:44 at KINO 2 • 77′
Robert Lee was one of the black Americans who heeded Kwame Nkrumah’s call to return home. Not only to help build up Ghana, the first African state to liberate itself, but also to stimulate the liberation of the whole continent. A documentary that uses witnesses' testimony to present the many historical threads of Pan-Africanism.