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Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse 2
Wed. 6 December 2006, Kino 2, 7 p.m.

Book presentation: Kabul/ Teheran 1979ff: Filmlandschaften, Städte unter Stress und Migration edited by Sandra Schäfer, Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff, metroZones 6, b_books, Berlin

1979: The Shah is toppled and the Islamic Republic established in Iran, while in Afghanistan the Soviet invasion leads to an escalation of the civil war.
The book Kabul/Teheran 1979ff - Filmlandschaften, Städte unter Stress und Migration (Kabul/Teheran 1979 and After - Film Landscapes, Cities under Stress and Migration, ed. Sandra Schäfer, Jochen Becker, Madeleine Bernstorff, metroZones6, b_books 2006) presents the stories of Iranian and Afghan filmmakers and artists from 1979 to the present, and brings together contributions on the urban society of both metropolises as well as the refugee camps along the borders of the neighbouring countries. It also reports on feminist resistance, cultural production and urban survival practices. The seldom shown 'Afghanistan 1362. Erinnerungen an eine Reise' (Memoirs of a Journey), an impressive cinematic diary by Volker Koepp (1985), shows urban and rural social conditions four years after the Soviet invasion, and raises doubts about whether an external power using military means can bring about changes in Afghanistan. Taking this film as a basis, the editors would like to discuss the conflicts in present-day Afghan society.

 

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10
Tues. 28 November 2006, 8 p.m.

Book presentation: Kabul/ Teheran 1979ff: Filmlandschaften, Städte unter Stress und Migration edited by Sandra Schäfer, Jochen Becker and Madeleine Bernstorff, metroZones 6, b_books, Berlin

guests: Asef Bayat (NL) & Nasrin Bassiri (D)

Members of the current Iranian government see themselves as the legitimate heirs and historic heroes of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The upheaval in Iran continues to shake international politics even today.
The Dutch sociologist Asef Bayat and the Berlin-based journalist Nasrin Bassiri were themselves participants in the revolutionary upheavals. In his essay 'Street Politics', Bayat describes the very particular revolution of the poor population living on the southern outskirts of the capital, Teheran. Here, land occupations or the conquest of public space for street traders were existential matters. Bassiri, for her part, lived through the revolution as a young leftist in the centre of the metropolis. Both will present their experiences of the current situation in Iran for discussion.
In addition, we will be showing the short film, 'Année zero - le mouvement des femmes iraniennes' by the group 'Politics and Psychoanalysis', which documents the earliest protests against the nascent regime.

 


From Street Politics, Asef Bayat, 1997, New York, S. 90f


Demonstrations in Teheran in Mouvement de libération des femmes iraniennes - année zéro

 

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