Residing in the Borderlands
MONTHLY FILM SERIES: TAKE IX
05.02.2020 19:00 (Doors) // 19:30 (Screening)
WITH Nguyễn Baly
ENTRY Free – donations welcome
LANGUAGES Event in English and German
Bruderland ist Abgebrannt. Angelika Nguyen. 1992. 28 minutes. (German with English subtitles)
SURPRISE FILM – title available upon request.
Followed by a discussion with Nguyễn Baly.
For TAKE IX of our year-long, monthly film series Residing in the Borderlands, we are delighted to have Nguyễn Baly with us to watch a **surprise film** about two outsiders longing for pastures that are greener than Berlin, as well as Angelika Nguyen’s absolute classic Bruderland ist Abgebrannt.
They explain their choice of films as follows:
"Bruderland ist Abgebrannt illustrates the difficulties of Vietnamese contract workers following the fall of the wall. With the end of the GDR, a wave of racist incidents happened in Germany, some of which Angelika Nguyen captures in her documentary along with instances of everyday racism towards the Vietnamese community. I am very thankful that this film has been made, as it has provided me with an essential, albeit brief, look into what the life of my parents might have looked like during their initial years in Germany, a topic which until today hasn’t been discussed at all within my family. An invisibilized and largely forgotten reality, left out of most history books, this film constitutes a document of its era, allowing someone of my background to connect with an important part of my cultural history that might have been lost otherwise."
Describing our surprise film of the evening, Baly added: “It revolves around two outsiders who decided spontaneously to leave Berlin together. Without a cell phone or a map, they headed out towards Wallachia with a stolen Lada. When I first saw the film in 2016, I was able to immediately identify with the protagonist. Like him, I have a longing for pastures that are greener than Berlin, though where this place is, I have no idea. But that's maybe not so important as it is more the idea of sharing those unique life experiences with those we hold close to our hearts that resonates with me."
Nguyễn Baly is a queer non-bi(nary) Vietnamese-German sound artist. A child of former GDR contract workers, Baly was born in a West German village not long after the fall of the wall before moving with their family to former East Berlin when they were 9. Baly currently lives in former West Berlin. Baly studied Vietnamese, law and applied theatre studies. Recently, Baly has been exploring vulnerability, touch, feedback, proximity and sound together with Tara Transitory as Nguyễn + Transitory. Their collective performance »Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing« was presented at CTM 2019 (Berlin), Worm (Rotterdam), Submerge 2019 (Bristol), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Serralves Museum (Porto) and Ultima 2019 (Oslo) amongst others.
Our monthly film series RESIDING IN THE BORDERLANDS intends to create a new cartography of Berlin through diasporic perspectives. As part of our diasporic place-making, we will explore different film-worlds, considering both the visual and the auditory. Through the cinematic experience, we aspire to reach another way of being present, thinking of film as a form of movement that can also propel us into previously unthought of futures.
To this end, we will invite twelve speakers, each from a different diasporic community, and with occupations within and beyond the cultural sector, to choose a film that represents their experience moving through the city. As we unearth the diasporic polyphony in which we live, spaces that may be just a facade at the edge of our peripheral vision, become concrete places embodied by the experiences of the individuals who inhabit it.
CURATORS Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Eirini Fountedaki
COORDINATION Jörg-Peter Schulze
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Ola Zielińska
The film series is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.