Experiences of cinematic internationalism
Destination: Tashkent is a film festival that will take place in 2024 at the HKW and other venues in Berlin. In addition to historical productions that reflect the diversity of the original program, Destination: Tashkent will also show current films that explore the possibilities and future of artistic collaboration between South and South. Some screenings will be accompanied by live commentary.
The discourse program explores the traces left by the Tashkent Festival in today's film festivals, film productions and distribution networks.
Starting points are the concept and history of the Tashkent Festival for Asian, African and Latin American Cinema, which took place in Uzbekistan from 1968 to 1988. The first edition involved over 240 filmmakers, actors, critics and politicians from 49 Asian and African countries; a total of 115 feature films and documentaries were shown. From 1976 onwards, filmmakers from Latin America also participated.
The home countries of many of the participants had made strategic alliances with the Soviet Union against colonialism, capitalism and Western imperialism, but their role in Tashkent was by no means limited to that of national representation. The cinema of the so-called Third World was actively involved, creating a space for direct South-South exchange, even between those countries that were non-aligned or critical of the Soviet Union. Crucial to this were the numerous discussion panels that were an integral part of the festival.
In 2024, the spirit of the festival will be revived at the venues HKW, Sinema Transtopia and SAVVY Contemporary with screenings and live commentary, discursive program with keynote lectures, panel discussions and roundtable discussions.