The film Rule of Two Walls (2022), directed by David Gutnik, was part of the main program of the fourth Ukrainian Film Festival under the theme “No Time Like Home” in Berlin. The documentary was screened at Filmtheater Colosseum on the evening of 28th October 2023. A review by Olha Haidamachuk
Hartmut Elsenhans’s new book “Capitalism and Rent: A Destructive Relationship” (2023) summarizes his central argument on capitalism: Capitalism, profit and development depend on rising mass incomes and hence on the empowerment of the labouring masses. The powerful always fight against such empowerment, with increasing success because of globalisation of rent. A conversation with Rachid Ouaissa.
By Dalia Said Mostafa. Nawal El Saadawi (1931-2021) was a renowned Egyptian feminist activist, physician, writer, and novelist. But she was also a controversial figure who caused much disturbance to authorities in Egypt. This article focuses on her first short fictional work Memoirs of a Woman Doctor.
“A Suggestion for a Different Existence in Israel-Palestine” – Eastwards: R. Binyamin, Binationalism and Counter-Zionism
Avi-ram Tzoreff in conversation with Georges Khalil about his new book on R. Binyamin, his take on binationalism, (counter-)zionism and how this relates to current historiographical and political debates within Israel.
By Julius Dihstelhoff & Tomaz Amorim. Global academic collaboration is a dynamic field, where it is important to deal with inequalities and build connections between institutions from different regions. Recent discussions have shed light on these pivotal issues.
Wie erzählt man von einem Kriegsverbrechen? Zu Roman Ljubyjs Film Iron Butterflies über den Abschuss des Passagierflugzeugs MH17 im Donbas
Von Fabian Erlenmaier. Am 17. Juli 2014 schossen russische Soldaten im Donbas mit einer Bodenluftrakete auf ein Passagierflugzeug. Das in Amsterdam gestartete Flugzeug mit dem Ziel Kuala Lumpur stürzte ab. Alle 298 Insassen des Flugs MH17 starben. Roman Ljubyjs Film Iron Butterflies (2023) dokumentiert auf beeindruckende Weise ein Kriegsverbrechen. Der Auftaktfilm des Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin macht dieses für eine breite Öffentlichkeit sichtbar.
Inequalities, Economies of Fear and Geopolitical Turmoil: Southeastern Europe and Central America Beyond Borders
By Felipe Hernández. This article explores the socio-political costs of global destabilization in countries where democracy is a contested terrain between opposing actors and where the rule of law is a reality experienced by a minority. Nowadays, South Eastern Europe and Central America allow us to follow the shadow zones of democracy, where a large part of their inhabitants live a life on the margins of the globalization of capital.
Anna Dziapshipa’s essay film “Self-Portrait Along the Borderline” (2023) was screened as part of the Georgian Film Series at the Ukrainian Film Festival (UFF) in Berlin. In the film, Dziapshipa uses her family archive to reconstruct an intimate portrait of her Georgian-Abkhazian family and to reflect on broader issues of identity and memory in the context of war. A review by Ekaterina Grineva.
With this year’s motto No Time Like Home (Дім в часі in Ukrainian), the fourth edition of the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin took place from the 25th to 29th October. Having screened a total of 19 short films, ten recent full-length films and three additional films in the Retrospective programme, as well as three recent Georgian films, across five different cinemas, the festival proved to be a growing success in Berlin’s cultural landscape. A review by Oleksii Isakov.
Leaving the Mainstream of Modern Medicine and Following Women’s Pathways: The Case of Smallpox Vaccination in the Ottoman Empire
By Nihan Bozok. This essay, which is based on a letter written by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762), tells the story of a group of elderly women who collaborated to vaccinate their communities against smallpox in the 17th century in the Ottoman Empire.