Cinema in peacetime!

What We Left Unfinished, Director: Mariam Ghani, Section ForumWhat We Left Unfinished is a documentary film, directed by Mariam Ghani, about five films realized between 1978- 1992 that were left unfinished by directors because of the revolution in Afghanistan.

It is an interesting subject for us to see how the director brought 5 unfinished films together and what is her message? Does she bring political issues in her documentary or does she just skips it because of her father being the preseident of Afghanistan?

Does she talks about the problems of the national film institut Afghanfilm founded in the sixties, in this situation? In the place, she is now (as daughter of the president) how does she cover all darkness of Afghanfilm?  In What We Left Unfinished, we haven’t seen anything special. The director doesn’t have any talent to show to the audience.

She doesn’t have any clever questions to those she interviews about these 5 films, she edits scene next to the scene, inbewtween and as voice over we hear the interviews.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t give answers to any of our questions. The nice thing and surprising thing for us was the interesting atmosphere in the five unfinished films and a new view from Afghanistan before the war. Not a lot of picture can be found of our country in nowadays.

Text by Baran and Frishteh / frishtehsadate

I finally lost my virginity

After living in Berlin for almost my whole life I am ashamed to admit that I never went to a Berlinale movie before. Something always stopped me from going. Not this year. Thanks to the Blog I got the ticket to see my first film and finally lost my Berlinale virginity. 
Like so often the first time was not that great though. I went to see the movie „A dog called money” by Seamus Murphy from 2019. It tells the story of the British artist PJ Harvey, who likes to travel in order to get inspirations for her new songs. The photographer and director Murphey followed her on three of these trips to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC.
During several encounters with the people, Harvey absorbed their stories and the sounds which surrounded the protagonists, in order to work with them in her studio back in London. 
By no means is she the first artist to seek inspiration from different cultures. In fact, it reminded me of the Beatles who famously introduced Indian instruments into their European Pop Music in 1968. However, with PJ Harvey I found the result to be less impressive. The encounters often seemed superficial and the music tried to portray an experimental and artsy approach which seemed rather forced than innovative and curious. Instead of maybe starting collaborations with artists she met on her journey she decided to take their stories and interpret them together with her group of white musicians in London. An impression I did not seem to be on my own with, since several questions in the following Q&A lead towards the same direction. 
However, I was definitely not bored during the 90 minutes and I certainly became motivated again to go and see other places and to meet new people. In this way Murphy succeeded in creating an atmosphere of something we would call “Fernweh” in German. 

Text by tilmanhurlin

Wrong Ways of Revenge

Black 47, dir: Lance Daly, 96′,  section competition

Martin Feeney comes back from his time in Afghanistan as a soldier for the British Kingdom during British occupation of Ireland. He comes back to find his mother and the rest of his family either being dead or getting killed in front of his eyes. This starts the journey for search of revenge and starts the attempt of trying to punish the authorities. Weiterlesen „Wrong Ways of Revenge“