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

How nature made me care about brazilian politics.

I am holding the ticket for my first movie at Berlinale. I have no expectations since I have not selected the movie myself, and I felt grateful for escaping my regular choices. I had only one clue: the movie is made by the Brazilian director Helvecio Marins, it is in the Forum Section, and its name is “Querencia”.
To be honest, I had several moments when I lost myself in the movie, and wasn’t sure what was happening. I did not hear all the dialogues as the nature kept stealing my attention again and again. The most memorable moments were set during the rodeo shows. Helvecio makes it political, as the main character reflects on the Brazilian politics in the style of rodeo announcements. It’s original, but it didn’t give me enough insight to understand the situation in Brazil. The question is, then, should you educate yourself on the subject of a movie beforehand, or is it supposed to encourage people to read more about it afterwards if they start to care?
The word “Querencia” felt like a summer embrace. It gave me images of a long awaited vacation somewhere in rural Spain, and I was ready to enjoy the sun of Spanish filmmaking no matter what. Helvecio Marins tells a story of a cowboy in rural Brazil who is passionate about rodeo shows. Throughout the whole film, we get to enjoy beautiful landscapes and meditate on the destiny of cowboys as well as cows. And I swear for a moment I felt that I am also there, wearing a big straw hat, and about to see my first rodeo show. Just like the main character, I could not stop looking at the impressive beauty of the bullfighting. And there it was, querencia, the moment when a bull feels unstoppable and strong. I closed my eyes and reminded myself that I am in the cinema. I am safe.
There is no place to escape politics, no matter where you are – in rural Brazil, or in a big city. Helvecio Marins shows how a community finds unity when speaking up during the rodeo shows about the struggle of their nation. But he also gives us space to meditate and reflect on these problems while looking at peaceful fields, and perhaps connecting to nature is the first step towards caring about politics. I would have missed the lands I have seen in “Querencia” if they were destroyed, and I want to protect them by knowing more.

Text by hagados






Rebellische Amiko

Der Film Amiko der japanischen Filmmacherin Yoko Yamanaka zeigt die Geschichte der Schülerin Amiko, die sich in Aomi aus der Parallelklasse verliebt. Als Aomi in Richtung Tokio verschwindet, um dort mit einer anderen Frau eine Beziehung zu führen, entscheidet sich auch Amiko den kleinen Ort Nagano zu verlassen, um nach Tokio zu reisen. Sie hofft dort Aomi zu treffen, um diesen zur Rede zu stellen. Weiterlesen „Rebellische Amiko“


Jahilya handelt vom menschlichen Leiden in Marokko, von Vergewaltigung und Knechtschaft. Der Film war nicht spannend aus mehreren Gründe: 1_Es gibt keine Hauptfigur im Film, der ich folgen kann. In den Szenen lösen sich die Figuren ab und ich kann sie nicht weiter begleiten. Es wird Gewalt gezeigt. Die Menschen, denen Gewalt angetan wird, tauchen jedoch in den nächsten Szenen nicht mehr auf. Weiterlesen „Jahilya“