Open Air Cinema @ Atelier Gardens


Grab a blanket and some snacks – it’s finally time for open-air cinema again! This year we will once more be part of BUFA’s summer cinema series at Freiluftkino Insel at Atelier Gardens. We are proud as punch to present to you four selected documentaries in a very special setting that exudes more than a hundred years of film history.

Located right at Tempelhofer Feld, the garden of Berlin Union Film Ateliers  transforms into an open-air cinema. These film studios are the oldest in Berlin. Legendary movies such as “Cabaret” and “The Blue Angel”  were produced here. It is at this special location that we will be showing you selected documentary highlights which you should make sure you do not miss this summer. See you at the movies on the field! Get your tickets here.

These outstanding documentaries are waiting for you:

by Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sanchez Bellot
UK 2021 I  83 min

August 10 2022 : REBELLION
In April 2019, Extinction Rebellion activists occupy strategic traffic hubs in London for days, leading to the arrest of hundreds of non-violent protesters. “Rebellion works,” says international climate lawyer Farhana Yamin, who seems almost surprised when the government agrees to their demand to declare a climate emergency. Get your ticket here.

by Florence Miailhe
FR/DE/CZ 2020 I 84 min

The siblings Kyona and Adriel live in a small village surrounded by peaceful forests. But the idyll is deceptive: one night, their village is raided, and the family is forced to flee the escalating violence. During a control at the train checking at the train , Kyona and Adriel are separated from their parents and have to go on alone. They embark upon a heroic journey which leads them through a continent full of threats and danger. Although they make new friends, the war and their own story catch up with them again and again. Searching for a little bit of safety, they leave their childhood behind – they grow up. Will they ever see their family again and find a new home?

by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin Nawabi
SLO 2021 I 99 Min

July 1 2022 : FLEE
A Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner tells the story of Amin. His life has been defined by his past and a secret that he has been keeping for over twenty years. As a child he was forced to leave his homeland, Afghanistan, together with his mother and his siblings. Now he has to face how his past is affecting his future in Denmark and the life he is about to build with his soon- to- be husband.

After the screening we kindly invite you to join us for our film talk with Meike Ribau, co-head Advocacy and Policy with Save the Children Germany. She’s an expert on migration, legislation and with this screening and discussion hopes to highlight a conflict troubled region we tend to lose sight of too often.

by Volker Schlöndorff, Tony Rinaudo
DE 2021 I 87 Min


July 27 2022 : THE FORESTMAKER
In 1981, Australian Tony Rinaudo comes to Niger as a young agricultural scientist. He wants to fight the increasing expansion of the desert and the population’s suffering. Radical forest clearances have left the land deserted and formerly fertile soil depleted. But all of Rinaudo’s efforts to hold back the desert by planting trees fail, and nearly all of his seedlings die. But then he notices a huge network of roots under the supposedly dead soil – a discovery that leads to unprecedented reforestation, giving countless people new hope. Get your ticket here.

6. JULY 2022