Film–Workshop with Elliot Blue for Trans*, Inter & Non-Binary

Saturday, 22th June 2019 & Sunday, 23th June 2019
both days 11am – 5pm


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The workshop will entail the fundamentals of technical and creative structuring of movies through the creation of 1-2 minute films. The participants will learn how to use the equipment to create images and sounds and edit them together for a finished product. The workshops skill level is for beginners.

We can provide space for 8-10 people, so please send us a registration ( till the 14th of June.
This workshop is open to Trans*, Inter and Non-Binary People only, BIPoCs registrations will be preferred. Due to this please write us a few words about yourself.
The workshop will take place in English (and/or German) spoken language and is free of charge, but if you can give something, we would appreciate a donation.

After the workshop there will be a film screening. Those of you who would like to, can show their short films there – but this is not a must for attending the workshop.

We will do our best to provide all of the equipment; at the moment we still need laptops with Adobe Premiere CS6 and/or DaVinci Resolve for cutting the films. If you have one and you’re willing to share, we’d be very thankful (please add this in your registration too – Thank you!).

Elliot Blue is an interdisciplinary artist whose practise focuses mostly on filmmaking and designing light. They studied film and motion design for 3 years and Camera and lights for film for a year and now work as a freelance filmmaker and lighting technician for different organisations and companies around Berlin. Since 2016 they give film-workshops to people of all ages and preferably to people who experience marginalization, because they believe that creating your own narrative in the local medial landscape is a key to empower yourself.

Filmscreening with Elliot Blue & the great filmmakers from the workshop

Sunday, 23th June 2019
doors open: 7pm, starting: 7.30pm

Elliot Blue also makes their own films (, some of them talk about black and queer empowerment in partly strong, partly extremely vulnerable ways. They have received international recognition by being on various film festivals around Europe and ‘Home?’ has also been screened in the USA as part of a University lecture. Apart from self-expression, Elliot also has another goal for their movies: Elliot hopes that those people who recognize themselves in their movies will feel heard, seen and appreciated.
In this sense after the workshop we warmly welcome you all to watch and to listen to what Elliot and the workshop participants have to say.

We will start with the workshop participants films – if they want to share them with us and then continue with Elliot’s films:

‘The Shore’, 2017, 1’57”, English spoken language.

‘Black is Me’, 2017, 3’46”, no spoken language.

‘Home?’, 2018, 17’43”, English spoken language, German subtitles.


Due to limited space please be in time.


Elliot Blue is a non-binary Filmmaker and light designer who has graduated from both their Bachelor of Film and Motion Design and their Bachelor in Camera and Lighting for Film in 2016 and 2017. Since then they work as a lighting technician and light designer in several theatres around Berlin (Dock11, Uferstudios, Theaterdiscounter) and are a freelance Filmmaker.
They also give film-workshops. For Elliot sharing knowledge about filmmaking is an opportunity to help people who get little to no adequate representation in media to empower themselves and to counter the power dynamics of a society that speaks about them but not with them and silences them in this process. This is why it is important to express oneself even if one doesn’t want to show it to anyone else but oneself.

Dissolving Territories Part II – Airport

4+ Airport

Wednesday, Mai 22nd 2019, 7pm, @ aquarium am Südblock

Guest speaker: Nahed Awwad

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Airports are often described as so-called non-places. But what does this mean?

No airport can function without an armada of people working behind, in front of and under the scenes of regular airport operations. Airports are nowadays capitalist (private) entities that not only enable the mobility of millions of people, but also generate the livelihoods of millions. In many places, airports are important employers who engage tens of thousands of people. For them, the airport is neither a gateway nor a transit point: it is a fixed point in their day to day lives.

However, not everyone who counts airports as part of their everyday working lives is allowed to walk through the futuristic entrances through which travellers enter and experience this place. People who work in the low-wage sector at airports walk through countless back doors, through which they are supposed to silently disappear again. This also includes thousands of Tamil workers.

Today, they are employed as cleaning staff, baggage handlers or security officers at airports globally.. Their skin colour or supposed origin has become part of heir daily uniform. Many of these workers are former asylum seekers who escaped the racist persecution and genocide of Tamil people in Sri Lanka with aeorplanes. In a narrative twist, they today often work exactly in the places in which they arrived as travellers without return tickets.

In our next event, we ask ourselves what it mean when people who used to enter airports in order never arrive have become the enablers and softeners of the mobility of privileged citizens? If airports are non-places, are they consequently non-people?

As part of the event, we will be showing excerpts from the film »5 Minutes from Home« by Nahed Awwad:

The event will take place in spoken English. The location including the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

Nahed Awwad is an independent filmmaker; She has worked with well- known Palestinian filmmakers, local Palestinian TV stations and later international networks. In 2004 she got her film diploma from the European film college in Denmark and has released eight documentary films between experimental, short and feature length. Awwad’s films were screened at various international film festivals, including HotDocs film festival, Canada 2013, Dubai international film festival in 2012, Vision du Reel Film Festival, Nyon, Switzerland in 2005 and 2008 and the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 (Cinema Sud). In 2009 she was granted the International Trailblazer Tribute -Middle East Trailblazer in MIPDOC.

»Dissolving Territories« part II is funded by the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin.

In the second part of Dissolving Territories, different questions in the context of the violent expulsion of state territories and the creation of new social landscapes, infrastructures and communication channels will be examined and discussed from a decidedly Tamil perspective. Dissolving Territories will focus on eelam-tamil voices and approaches, voices and life-worlds that have always remained unheard. With this series we want to look at memory cultures and the construction of narratives through the lens of a Tamil point of view and thus attempt to discuss territorial and cultural-geographical questions as well as deconstruct local myths around the themes of flight and resistance in Germany.


Resistance Movements Re/visited

This event will take place in spoken German spoken.

Bewegungsgeschichte*n re/visited: Gespräche mit Zeitzeug*innen

Montag, 1. April, 7pm

1970er bis Anfang der 1990er Jahre: Schwarze Communities und Communites of Color: Ausgangspositionen – Begegnungen –Erkundungen

Mit: Anita Awosusi, Kook-Nam Cho-Ruwwe, Arfasse Gamada und Katja Kinder. Moderation: Nicola Lauré al-Samarai

Es hat in Deutschland zu verschiedenen Zeiten verschiedene bewegungspolitische Momente und Anfänge gegeben. Oft sind diese Beginnings mit einzelnen Personen verknüpft; oft hängen individuelle und kollektive Bewusstwerdungsprozesse eng miteinander zusammen, beeinflussen und verstärken sich gegenseitig. Frauen* spielen in solchen Zusammenhängen häufig eine besondere Rolle, da sie politische Entwicklungen angestoßen und wichtige inhaltliche Setzungen vorgenommen haben. An welchen Ausgangspunkten mussten sich einzelne Personen und/oder Communities zusammenfinden, um Widerstand zu leisten und für ihre Rechte einzutreten? Auf welche politischen Bewegungsgeschichte*n wurde und wird dabei Bezug genommen? Wie konnten und können bewegungspolitische Erfahrungen weiter gegeben werden?

Diese und andere Fragen werden wir gemeinsam mit unseren Gästen in der ersten Diskussionsveranstaltung im Rahmen des Projektes »Passing it On« diskutieren.

Anita Awosusi ist seit 30 Jahren in der Bürger*innenrechtsbewegung mit dem Schwerpunkt auf erinnerungspolitische Arbeit aktiv und war u.a. als Leiterin des Bildungsreferats und Vorstandsmitglied im Dokumentationszentrum deutscher Sinti und Roma in Heidelberg tätig.

Arfasse Gamada ist Mitbegründerin des Bremer Frauenprojekts »decolores« ist Diversity Trainerin mit den Schwerpunkten Rassismus/Anti-Rassismus & Empowerment und war Teil der Oromo-Frauenbewegung.

Kook-Nam Cho-Ruwwe ist Gründungsmitglied der koreanischen Frauengruppe in Deutschland und Vorstandsvorsitzende im Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen  (DaMigra e.V.).

Katja Kinder ist Mitbegründerin von Generation Adefra. Sie ist Erziehungswissenschaftlerin, diversitätsorientierte & diskriminierungskritische Beraterin und bei der RAA Berlin tätig.