After the end of Imperial Germany, colonial-racist fantasies and ambitions were increasingly transformed into an imaginary coloniality. Their cinematic stagings not only delighted a mass audience, but also led to an ambiguous overlapping of fiction and reality. Not only film sets but film production and consumption also became cultural colonial spaces.
This film, lecture and discussion program is a pioneering exploration of the “wild cosmopolitan metropolis Berlin in the Golden Twenties” as a colonial cultural space with (anti-)Asian references.
At the same time, the decolonial debate will be expanded to include anti-Asian racism and orientalism, and thus becoming more multi-perspectival. A book is planned for the end of 2023 (Assoziation A).
In this context, a series of film screenings will be offered, each with introductory talks and discussions:
- 11.04.2023 at 7 pm: The Indian Tomb - The Mission of Yoghi (1921) by Joe May, OmU, 132 min.
- 04/25/2023 at 7pm: The Lady of the World - The Yellow Man's Girlfriend (1919) by Joe May, OV, 90 min. Live music: silent film pianist Jürgen Kurz
- 05/09/2023 at 7pm: Sumurun (1920) by Ernst Lubitsch, OmeU, 103 min.
- 05/23/2023 at 7pm: Piccadilly - Night World (1929) by Ewald André Dupont, OmeU, 109 min.
- 06.06.2023 at 7 p.m.: Hito Steyerl Special: Babenhausen (1997), 4 min., The Empty Middle (1998), 62 min. Normality 1-X, (1999-2001), 37 min. All OmeU.
- 6/20/2023 at 7pm: Halfmoon Files (2006) by Philip Scheffner, OmeU, 87 min.
Curator and project management: Dr. Kien Nghi Ha.
In cooperation with bi'bak e.V., korientation. Netzwerk für Asiatisch-Deutsche Perspektiven e.V. and the Korean Studies Department of the Asia-Orient Institute at the University of Tübingen.
With films from the holdings of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden.
Funded by the program "Förderung zeitgeschichtlicher und erinnerungskultureller Projekte" of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.