Recorded live on 11 Ocotber 2021 at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

Debate with Sahraa Karimi, Eyal Weizman and Douglas Herman

World Premiere: Nothing About Us Without Us, a documentary short film by Refocus Media Labs

With a video call to co-directors Yaser Akbari and Nazanin Foroghi

11 October 2021, 7:30 PM CEST / UT+2 - In English (interpreted simultaneously into German)

Break-Up, the 2021-22 edition of Berliner Korrespondenzen, looks at the tensions and cracks in the social fabric of post-Covid Europe, asking how younger generations organize protest, voice discontent, take responsibility and imagine alternative futures. To really engage with the next generations’ dreams and grievances, each event combines the screening of an exclusive documentary short film by talented filmmakers with intense debates featuring high-profile thinkers, artists and activists.

This edition’s opening event started with the world premiere of Nothing About Us Without Us by Refocus Media Labs, a collective of refugee filmmakers from Lesvos, Greece. The film asks questions: how can asylum seekers tell their own stories, counter stereotypical media images and shape the political debate in Europe? After the disastrous retreat of the NATO forces from Afghanistan, European politicians quickly resorted to familiar patterns of fearmongering against a possible new movement of refugees. However, the people directly affected and those who have long suffered from EU migration policies had little influence on this political discourse. It seems that little has changed since 2015.

In the ensuing debate, prize-winning Afghan filmmaker and activist Sahraa Karimi, renowned researcher and human rights defender Eyal Weizman and Douglas Herman from Refocus Media Labs discussed how images can influence politics, how we can practice solidarity in times of humanitarian crises and how the subjects of media reports can become the authors of their own stories. In order to not only talk about, but also with those at the heart of the discussions, the film’s co-directors Yaser Akbari and Nazanin Foroghi were connected via video live from Levos. 

The event was be hybrid – with a live audience at the Maxim Gorki Theater  and a parallel livestream online. 

More on the debate series Berliner Korrespondenzen and the accompanying book series.

You can watch previous editions here

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