Decolonize!

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    The colonial era never really ended – from the borders that restrict our movement to the languages we speak, the imperial conquests of bygone centuries are hard-coded into our lives. Here we encounter powerful films that provoke change to outdated power relations in our societies, culture and minds.

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    1982

    • Lucas Gallo
    • 2019

      Excerpts from the TV program 60 minutos and other archive material, primarily originating from the Argentine military dictatorship, document the 74-day Falklands War of 1982.

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      African Mirror

      • Mischa Hedinger
      • 2019

        Admiration and destruction are two sides of the same coin in this collage of archive footage that reveals how, since the 1950s, Europeans have projected their own idealized images onto Africa and destroyed original cultures.

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        After Your Revolt, Your Vote!

        • Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré
        • 2019

          After a popular uprising in 2014, Burkina Faso finally had the chance to vote for a democratically elected president. To encourage people to go to the polls, the “Citizen’s Broom” movement is now touring the country with a catchy campaign.

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          Always in Season

          • Jacqueline Olive
          • 2019

            A probing exposé about the deep roots of racist violence in the United States, starting with the death of a black teenager. The police say it was suicide, but the boy’s friends and family believe he was lynched.

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            Amussu

            • Nadir Bouhmouch
            • 2019

              A major silver producer has been the scourge of Imider, Morocco for many years, but the villagers aren’t planning on backing down. The community’s ongoing protest reflects their resilience and comradeship.

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              The Australian Dream

              • Daniel Gordon
              • 2019

                Australian rules football player Adam Goodes was a national hero, but got booed in the stadium when as an Aboriginal he spoke out against racism. A powerful film about a country with its own distinct but recognizable racism debate.

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                Breakfast in Kisumu

                • Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell
                • 2019

                  An intimate conversation between Kenyan academic and activist Rok Ajulu (1950-2016) and his daughter Rebecca, accompanied by impressionistic scenes of the most important places in his life, filmed by his daughter after his death.

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                  Climate Crimes

                  • Adrian Lahoud, Michaela French
                  • 2018

                    A powerful visualization of the cyclical links between climate change, air pollution and global migration. Through projections of scientific data on a dome-shaped screen, cause and effect become clear.

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                    Common Ground

                    • Darren Emerson
                    • 2019

                      Once Europe’s largest housing project, the Aylesbury Estate in London is being demolished. This interactive portrait explores the consequences of gentrification and offers background facts, using 360-degree video and 3-D environments. On-site reservation required.

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                      Destruction and Return in al-Araqib

                      • 2018

                        What better medium for documenting a land-grabbing conflict than a map? Forensic Architecture helped Bedouins to set up an interactive archive of their village, to chronicle its destruction by Israeli troops.

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                        Europa, “Based on a True Story”

                        • Kivu Ruhorahoza
                        • 2019

                          A hybrid film by the Rwandan director, who’s making a fiction feature set in London about a mysterious Nigerian man, his mixed-race British lover and the lover’s white husband. Increasing social and racial tension form the backdrop.

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                          In Mansourah, You Separated Us

                          • Dorothee Myriam Kellou
                          • 2019

                            For the first time since the Algerian War of Independence, witnesses talk about the rural resettlement camps, shedding light on an appalling and neglected episode in history. Why have people kept silent for all these years?

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                            Lagos at Large

                            • Jumoke Sanwo
                            • 2019

                              A poetic tribute to Nigeria’s largest city, told in short segments as we plot a course through the imaginary and material space of Lagos, made pressing and real in VR. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

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                              Mamelles Ancestrales

                              • Tabita Rezaire
                              • 2019

                                Stone circles in The Gambia and Senegal are a reminder of cultures that existed here long before colonization. Science and spirituality combine in an attempt to interpret their meaning.

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                                Mars, Oman

                                • Vanessa Del Campo
                                • 2019

                                  From European astronauts to Omani Bedouins, it seems there’s something everyone has in common: a sense of wonder at the universe and our place within it. This heartwarming short film transcends global differences in language and culture.

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                                  Máxima

                                  • Claudia Sparrow
                                  • 2019

                                    A big goldmine in Peru wants to expand operations, and that would mean swallowing up the little plot of land belonging to Máxima. But she’s not about to go down without a fight. With impressive tenacity she battles it out against greed and corruption.

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                                    Mengele’s Skull

                                    • Eyal Weizman, Thomas Keenan
                                    • 2012

                                      This research project follows the high-profile forensic investigation of a body reported to be that of Nazi physician Josef Mengele. It marked a shift towards a new forensic approach to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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                                      North

                                      • Leslie Lagier
                                      • 2019

                                        A beautifully styled portrait of the Yukon in Canada’s far northwest. Once, people came here to find freedom and fortune, but years of intensive mining have inflicted immeasurable damage on the landscape.

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                                        She Breathes Water

                                        • Penny Siopis
                                        • 2019

                                          In this associative collage of found footage, the poetic subtitles and soundscape of crackling ice add an extra layer of meaning to a warning packaged in symbolism. Mother Earth admonishes humanity.

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                                          Still Life

                                          • Susana de Sousa Dias
                                          • 2005

                                            Portugal’s Carnation Revolution of 1974 brought an end to the longest dictatorship of 20th-century Europe. A collage of news images, propaganda films and police photos sketch a picture of this almost forgotten and barely processed era.

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                                            The Letter

                                            • Christopher King, Maia Lekow
                                            • 2019

                                              Karisa travels from Mombasa to his grandmother in the countryside, because she has been accused of witchcraft and received a death threat. It gradually emerges who sent the threatening letter and why.

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                                              The Stuart Hall Project

                                              • John Akomfrah
                                              • 2013

                                                A kaleidoscopic journey through both the history of the 20th century and the personal life and ideas of the influential left-wing cultural theorist Stuart Hall. With footage from Hall’s personal archive and tracks by his hero Miles Davis.

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                                                Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

                                                • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
                                                • 2019

                                                  A film portrait of Toni Morrison (1931-2019), the great American teacher, editor, and above all author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. She gave entirely new meaning to the idea of “black literature.”

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                                                  Torture and Detention in Cameroon

                                                  • 2017

                                                    An investigation into abuses in two prisons run by counterterrorist units in Cameroon. The crime scenes and the human rights violations that took place there are reconstructed using public sources.

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                                                    Up at Night

                                                    • Nelson Makengo
                                                    • 2019

                                                      People living in Kinshasa shine a light against the darkness. Thousands of LEDs form an improvised beacon of resilience against political upheavals and battles among street gangs.

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                                                      What They Destroy, We Will Build Again

                                                      • Astrid Feringa
                                                      • 2019

                                                        The digital reconstruction of ruined cultural heritage: an idealistic act of defiance or neo-colonial appropriation? On either side of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, destroyed by IS and replicated by an European institute, you see the two sides to this story.

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                                                        You Think The Earth Is a Dead Thing

                                                        • Florence Lazar
                                                        • 2019

                                                          The use of pesticides on banana plantations on the Caribbean island of Martinique has polluted large areas of land. Local people counter this toxic crisis by implementing new ways of land use, rooted in traditional local knowledge.

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