It is January and the weather is somewhere between snowy, gray, and rainy. This makes us more aware than ever how much we miss our viewers and our meaningful exchanges with the extraordinary filmmakers and activists behind these films. To fill the gap, here are three great film recommendations for the coming weeks.
THE ICE CREAM SELLERS
Sohel Rahman’s film tells the story of siblings Ayas and Asia at Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh, providing insights into everyday life in the camp for the surviving members of the Rohingya community. Rahman’s impressive documentary draws attention to this dramatic chapter of twenty-first-century displacement.
WEDNESDAY, 31 JANUARY 2024, 7 PM, DOCUMENTARY CENTER FLIGHT, DISPLACEMENT, RECONCILIATION
The screening will be followed by a talk with director Sohel Rahman, moderated by Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Director of the HRFFB).
In the treacherous, swampy forests that form the "green border" between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking to reach the European Union are trapped in a geopolitical crisis cynically orchestrated by Belarus' dictator Alexander Lukashenko. This film tells the story of how the lives of characters in this hidden war intertwine.
IN BERLIN CINEMAS FROM 1 FEBRUARY. SPECIAL SCREENING: 1 FEBRUARY, 7.30 PM, HACKESCHE HÖFE KINOS
Followed by a talk moderated by Katharina Nocun (German-Polish journalist)
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU ARE A GIRL)
Selbst im Jahr 2020 scheint es unmöglich: In Kabul, Afghanistan, lernen Mädchen Skateboard fahren, trotz gesellschaftlicher Widerstände. Der Film zeigt, wie sie sich durch den Sport selbstbewusster werden und neue Perspektiven gewinnen. Dieser aufmunternde Film, der zeigt, dass es immer noch Hoffnung für Afghanistan gibt, wurde 2020 mit einem Oscar ausgezeichnet.
FRIDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 2024, 6 PM, DELPHI LUX
The screening will be followed by a talk between Hala Khalaf (Deputy Executive Director of Skateistan) and Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Director of the HRFFB) .
This film is being shown as part of the Film & Talk 2030 series, a film series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals organized by the SBNE, Office of Education for Sustainable Development, District Office Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.