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Projektkoordinator*in gesucht: Film- und Diskussionsreihe “14km de:kolonial”

Projektkoordinator*in Film- und Diskussionsreihe "14km de:kolonial"

Wir suchen vom 17.06.2019 bis 31.12.2019 (6,5 Monate) für unsere Film- und Diskussionsreihe “14km de:kolonial” eine/n Projektkoordinator*in auf Honorarbasis. 14,4km e.V. ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der Kooperation und Austausch zwischen Europa und Nordafrika/dem Nahen Osten (MENA-Region) fördert, Wissen über die MENA-Region vermittelt und Menschen aus beiden Regionen zusammenbringt. Die Film- und Diskussionsreihe “14km de:kolonial” thematisiert das Verhältnis zwischen Europa und MENA aus postkolonialistischer Perspektive. Hierzu werden ausgewählte Aspekte der politischen und wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen kritisch beleuchtet und problematisiert, um den Nachwirkungen und dem Fortbestand kolonialistischer Strukturen und Denkweisen in diesen Beziehungen nachzuspüren. Dafür suchen wir eine/n Projektkoordinator*in auf Honorarbasis. Aufgabenbeschreibung Vorbereitung, Organisation und Koordination von 4 Abendveranstaltungen (Filmvorführung mit Diskussion)Konzeption, Durchführung und Dokumentation von 4 Expert*inneninterviewsVerfassen einer Handreichung für Freiwilligendienste auf Basis einer Abendveranstaltung Konzeption und Umsetzung der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für das ProjektDokumentation der Projektergebnisse auf unserer WebseiteAbrechnung des Projekts und Erstellung der Abschlussberichte an die GeldgeberOptional: Bei entsprechender Eignung kann auch die Moderation der 4 Veranstaltungen von der Projektkoordination übernommen werden; diese wird separat vergütet. Die Tätigkeiten erfolgen in Absprache mit und mit inhaltlicher Unterstützung durch den Vereinsvorstand. Voraussetzungen Erfahrung in Projektmanagement und VeranstaltungsorganisationKenntnisse zu Konzepten wie Postkolonialismus, Neokolonialismus, Critical Whiteness, Rassismus, White SaviourismRegionalkenntnisse zur MENA-Region und/oder AfrikaGewissenhaftigkeit, VerlässlichkeitSehr gute EnglischkenntnisseKontakte zu kritischen NROs, Forschungseinrichtungen und anderen Institutionen sind von Vorteilggf. Moderationserfahrung (s.o.) Die Vergütung  aus Projektfördermitteln erfolgt auf Honorarbasis, geplant sind durchschnittlich ca. 40h/Monat zu einem Stundenlohn von 13,75 €. Arbeitsort ist Berlin. Wir freuen uns besonders über die Bewerbung von Menschen mit internationaler Geschichte und von Menschen mit Behinderung. Bitte richtet eure Bewerbung bis zum 02.06.2019 an info@14km.org.


1. Calligraffiti – Workshop

  Am Samstag, 2. September 2017 hatten wir, das Team von 14,4km e.V.  unseren ersten Calligraffiti-Workshop. Unter dem Motto „Calligraffitti meets Jute“ ging es nach einer kurzen theoretischen Einführung in die Welt der islamischen Kalligraphie auch schon los mit den Entwürfen. Zunächst wurden die Ideen für Mottos oder Sprichwörter skizziert und dann auf eine Schablone übertragen. Im nächsten Schritt ging es dann daran, die Entwürfe mit Spray oder Pinsel auf die Jute-Beutel zu bringen. Seht hier ein paar Eindrücke von den tollen Ergebnissen, die dabei entstanden sind.   Vielen Dank an alle TeilnehmerInnen für den gelungenen Workshop. Beim nächsten Mal wollen wir neben Jute auch mit anderen Textilien arbeiten. Seid kreativ und bringt eure eigenen Materialien, wie z.B. T-Shirts mit! Nächster Workshop: Samstag, 18. November von 11:00 – 16:30 Ort: Thoughtworks, Mülhauser Str. 6, 10405 Berlin Unkostenbeitrag für Material (Farbe, Stoffbeutel): 5 Euro Anmeldung: Begrenzte Platzanzahl. Bitte unter info@14km.org anmelden. Wir werden um ca. 13 Uhr eine Mittagspause machen. Kinder/ Jugendliche ab 12 Jahren können mitmachen.


‘CALLIGRAFFITI MEETS JUTE’

Wir, das Team von 14,4km e.V. i.G., möchten euch herzlich zu einem Anfänger-Kurs für Arabische Kalligraphie einladen. Dabei wollen wir einige coole Designs gemeinsam gestalten und sie auf einem Jutebeutel anbringen. Zu Beginn wird es eine Einführung in die Arabische Schrift und einige Impulse zu Sprichwörtern, Mottos und Zitaten geben und wie man diese kalligraphisch gestalten kann. Wir werden dann Schablonen ausschneiden und damit das Motiv mit Spray auf den Beuteln anbringen. Seid kreativ und bringt eigene Ideen mit! Wir freuen uns und sind gespannt - los geht's!               Datum: Samstag, 2. September von 11:00 - 16:30 Ort: Thoughtworks, Mülhauser Str. 6, 10405 Berlin Unkostenbeitrag für Material (Farbe, Stoffbeutel): 5 Euro Anmeldung: Begrenzte Platzanzahl. Bitte unter info@14km.org anmelden. Wir werden um ca. 13 Uhr eine Mittagspause machen. Kinder/ Jugendliche ab 12 Jahren können mitmachen.


‚YALLA – Let‘s get together‘ – Dritter MENA-Netzwerkabend

Am 16.06.2017 hatte das Team von 14,4km e.V. i.G. zum dritten MENA-Netzwerkabend ins Café Isotop in Berlin Tiergarten geladen. Der Verein 14,4km befindet sich in Gründung und möchte die bisherige Arbeit von 14km e.V. fortsetzen. So sollte auch bei diesem Netzwerktreffen eine Plattform geboten werden, um Menschen, die sich hauptberuflich oder ehrenamtlich mit der Region Nordafrika/ Naher Osten beschäftigen, zum Austausch zusammenzubringen. Angemeldet hatten sich neben zahlreichen Einzelpersonen Vertreter/innen folgender Organisationen: Almanassa, Enpact e.V., DAFG – Deutsch-Arabische Freundschaftsgesellschaft e.V., Freie Universität Berlin, Freiwilligendienst kulturweit, Deutsche Schreberjugend, MENA Abteilung von Human Rights Watch, Euro-Mediterranean-Arab Association (EMA) e.V., moveGLOBAL e.V. - Berliner Verband für migrantisch-diasporische Organisationen in der Einen-Welt, Deutsch-Arabisches Zentrum für Bildung und Integration (DAZ), MitOst e.V., Robert Bosch Stiftung, Schoolclash e.V. und ZMO – Zentrum Moderner Orient.   Nachdem Sarah Müller und Caroline Bunge von 14,4km die Gäste in Empfang genommen hatten, gab es auch an diesem Abend wieder die Gelegenheit, sich in entspannter Atmosphäre kennenzulernen, um Kooperationen anzubahnen und Ideen zu diskutieren. Schmackhaft begleitet wurde die Veranstaltung mit einem Buffet aus leckeren orientalischen Spezialitäten, durch welches die Besitzerin des Isotop Mahnaz Siavashi den Anwesenden die MENA-Region auch kulinarisch näher brachte.   Wir von 14,4km freuen uns, dass unsere Gäste einen inspirierenden Abend mit interessanten Gesprächen hatten und bedanken uns ganz herzlich bei allen für ihr Kommen. Bis bald zu einem nächsten 14,4km-MENA-Netzwerkabend!   Organisation (14,4km): Sarah Isabel Müller, Djamila Kadi, Caroline Bunge, Johanna Kechout; Fotografie (14,4km): Caroline Bunge Vielen Dank an das Team vom ‚Isotop‘ für die freundliche Unterstützung!      


Der algerische Bürgerkrieg

14km Film- und Diskussionsabend

Yema (Algerien/Frankreich, 2012, OmeU, 90 min) von Djamila Sahraoui am Mittwoch, 16.11.2016, 18:30 Uhr (Filmstart 19:00 Uhr), im Filmrauschpalast in der Kulturfabrik Moabit, Lehrter Str. 35, 10557 Berlin Moabit 14km e.V. präsentiert den fünften Filmabend der 14km Film und Diskussionsreihe 2016.     Ein entlegenes kleines Haus in den Bergen Algeriens. Dieverzweifelte Ouardia, gespielt von der Regisseurin Djamila Sahraoui, begräbt ihren Sohn Tarik, der Soldat in der algerischen Armee war. Sie macht dessen Bruder Ali, den Anführer einer islamistischen Gruppierung, für Tariks Tod verantwortlich. Ali hat einen seiner Männer geschickt, um Ouardia zu bewachen. Diese pflegt hingebungsvoll ihren Garten, um diesen erblühen zu lassen. Der Film zeigt, welches Leid, welche Risse und Traumata der Bürgerkrieg in vielen algerischen Familien hinterlassen hat. Über Algerien hört man nur wenig in der deutschen Medienberichterstattung. Zuletzt geriet Algerien nach den Ereignissen der Silvesternacht in Köln in den Fokus der deutschen Aufmerksamkeit - unter den Stichwörtern "kriminelle junger Männer", "sicheres Herkunftsland" und "Abschiebungen". Dieser stereotypen Betrachtung möchten wir eine differenzierte Auseinandersetzung entgegensetzen. Deshalb nehmen wir mit dem Film "Yema" den algerischen Bürgerkrieg in den Fokus und stellen Fragen nach der historischen und aktuellen Entwicklung des Landes. Was passierte in Algerien während des Arabischen Frühlings? Wie ist die politische und soziale Lage heute? Was treibt die Menschen auf dem gefährlichen Weg übers Mittelmeer nach Europa? Im Anschluss an den Film wird es eine moderierte Publikumsdiskussion mit Expert*innen zu diesen Themen geben. Der Eintritt ist frei, um eine freiwillige Spende wird gebeten. Veranstaltungsort ist der Filmrauschpalast in der Kulturfabrik in Berlin Moabit statt (Lehrter Straße 35, 10557 Berlin).


Cairo’s Chaotic Traffic and the Egyptian Revolution

14km Film and Discussion event

"Cairo Drive" (Documentary, Egypt, 2013, 79 min, with English subtitles) by Sherief Elkatsha on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm (screening at 7 pm) at Filmrauschpalast, Lehrter Straße 35, 10557 Berlin Moabit 14km presents the 4th film of this year's Film and Discussion Series On our fourth evening we will not only  broach the issue of Cairo's traffic, but also have a look at the past years' political and social development since the revolution in 2011. 14km screens Sherief Elkatsha's documentary "Cairo Drive" in original language (Arabic, English) with English subtitles. The film portrays people struggling in the chaotic environment of Cairene megacity traffic and paints a bigger picture of the diversity of life in the metropolis, its challenges and moments of happiness. As traffic concerns everyone, people of all parts of society appear and what they all have in common is one thing: humor. Following the screening we will have an open talk with the audienceto discuss the film as well as the director's approach in presenting the topic. We will also talk about Egypt's political, social and economic development with distinguished guests. The discussion will be held in English.   Director Sherif Elkatsha The documentary offers a unique, insightful and yet quite comical portrait of a country on the brink of change told through the metaphor of Cairo traffic. The film was shot over a three-year period before and during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. Accompanying a range of Cairo drivers, the film illustrates their daily struggle to navigate through the chaos, the unspoken rules and the more than 14 million vehicles and allows an insight into the different perspectives, sentiments and problems as well as the insecurities regarding the country’s collective identity and the people’s strong desire to get somewhere. Free entry - we appreciate donations The venue for the screening is Filmrauschpalast at the Kulturfabrik in Berlin Moabit (Lehrter Straße 35, 10557 Berlin). Facebook-Event


JOIN OUR 2016 ’14km Film and Discussion Series’ TEAM!

YOU CAN JOIN THE 2016 '14km Film and Discussion Series' TEAM! - You are interested in North Africa and the Middle East? - You like to volunteer in a young team? - You enjoy to bring people with different cultural backgrounds together? - You are interested in film and documentaries? - You are good in organising? - You can help with project administration, public relations or simply support events? - You like to prepare social, political or cultural topics for our open audience discussions, moderate them, and invite speakers for this purpose? If you answered one or more questions positively, or if you are simply interested, please join our project startup meeting on Monday, 29 February 2016, at 7 pm (19:00), at Caffeteria Buchhhandlung 32, Tucholskystr.32, 10117 Berlin Mitte. 14km.org stands up for exchange and understanding between both neighbouring regions north and south of the Mediterranian Sea, in order to reduce the symbolic distance the Strait of Gibraltar (14km) sets. Since 2013 film and discussion events had been organised about current topics in North Africa or the Middle East. 14km Film and Discussion Series Feel free to contact us: film@14km.org Facebook Event


Migration, Flight… and Far More!

14km Film and Discussion Series - Looking Back on 2015

You can easily quantify the resounding success the 14km Film and Discussion Series had in 2015: we counted a total of 381 persons in our audiences, particulary encouraging was the increase in the share of people with personal migration background up to 23% (previous year 16%). The 14km Film Team was six times as large as in 2014, consisting of six volunteers. The maximum available budget (2,200 Euro) was around three times higher than in the year before. And, particularly striking: the number of events climbing by 100 % up to 8 full evening events - they lately took place in a short three weeks rhythm. The quality has been improved, too! This was due to our dedicated team, representing Europe and Northern Africa instead of Germany only. Composed by members originally from Germany, Tunisia and Spain we could hence formally live up to our slogan 14km - The shortest distance between North Africa and Europe. and include our inner diversity to our substantive work. Consequently "14km" became the heart of our series title, to point at perspectives of both parts of the Mediterranian to be equal parts of our Films and Discussions. We deliberately improved the film quality: in addition to indiependant documentary films we also screened more professionally made productions as well as feature movies for the first time, if they were suitable for the subsequent political debate. In the selection of topics, we considered previously not represented countries (Yemen, Sudan, Western Sahara) and devoted ourselves also to important transnational issues  (Amazigh, children, migration, pop music, women's rights). Already in the beginning of the year 2015 the region of Northern Africa and the Middle East stood in the spotlights of great general interest. This focus'es boost to extremes during the year proofs the high relevance and importance of our work. You can easily name Children in War and on Flight one of the most important European media topics of the year. We gave this issue a special focus, screening the cineastic dilicacy Turtles Can Fly: the film takes place at the beginning of US attacks on Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2003 and displays the suffering of children in refugee camps. On one hand, those events happened at the beginning of a series of events unfolding huge impact on today's situation in Iraq and in Syria (reasons for the awakening of the "IS"). On the other hand, there recently shines some hope for a stable political system, especially in the Kurdish region in Northern Iraq, were the film was shot. Refugee camps also appeared to be part of our evening on Migration to Europe, the next central media issue of the year. The ever-increasing flow of refugees from Syria kept the entire European Union in suspense. With the movie 14 Kilometers we put our contrasting focus on the western part of the Mediterranian Sea and dealt with a second natural divide whose characteristics (refugee camps, traffickers, death) are the same: the sand seas of the Sahara deserts. With this, the second unstable country was discussed: Libya. Various motives for flight and migration became clear: lack of economic opportunities and individual fate. These are motives that go far beyond war and terror, and are highly topical in the European debates about immigration and crime in the beginning of 2016. For our series, we set ourselves the goal to communicate a wide range of informations, impressions and opinions within the single discussions and to do so also by a rich variety of event's topics. North Africa and the Middle East consist of far more than the well known crisises in Syria and Libya. Elsewere in this region there is war, terror and flight, too. Somewhat less in the European focus is Yemen, were currently a Shiite-Sunnite war takes place, a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. We apporached the culture and sociey of Yemen by the provocative viewpoint of an egocentric European adventurer in the film Expedition Yemen, and we intensiveley discussed stereotypes, cultural and societal questions and especially the role of women in Yemen. Other crisis spots are currently all but forgotten in Europe. The Darfur conflict in Sudan has hardly lost strength and sees no realistic solution approaching, as the lesson of our event told us, which included the screening of Darfur's Skeleton. The discussion between Sudanese' in the audience included vivid accounts, particularly a young men asking with tears in his eyes how he should rebuild the country, if no one dares to leave the houses due to people were arbritarily shot on a daily basis. This local drama barely finds attention since foreign reportings were effectively prevented. Little European attention is paid to another conflict: the independence movement of Western Sahara against Morocco. This conflict has been very peaceful, also testified by the documentary Life is Waiting. Nowadays activistists discuss out of their failure and frustation to be more militant, in order to eliminate their status as the "last colony of Africa". Three other very interesting topics had curtural and societaly backgrounds. Our evening about Amazigh (Berber) refered to the region of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. The focus of the film Azul was on the life of this indigenious minority in Tunisia, while the discussion concentrated on Morocco. It raises the question how to deal with this cultural heritage of ancestors: with new pride, or at least with shame? The two discussions following the yet unmentioned films were build up around the everyday culture in Northern Africa. The Source is set in the Amazigh' region. We discussed the situation of women's rights in North Africa in terms of tradition and modernity, questions of power, freedom and emancipation - and sexuality. Thus we approached in a sense the source of life! We already started to discuss these issues of women and men, provoking openness and cultural induced shame, during our event on Mahragan (festival music) in Egypt, within the broader topic of political pop music. The film Electro Chaabi led to the portrait of young (male) musicians in Cairo. As usual, we concluded our meeting with a comprehensive online report which also resumed additional information from the audience. In this case: two rare examples of Electro Chaabi made by female musicians. Our warmest thank you goes firstly to our loyal and engaged audience, whose active participation provide the spice to our event series. We thank the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ - Office of Development Corporation) - Federal State administration of Berlin, department for economy, technology and research - for their budgetary funds which made us realise our 14km Film and Discussion Series, and Mr. Walter Hättig and The North-South Bridges Foundation for the related and helpful support. Another thank you deserves the Filmrauschpalast volunteer team, which housed us on all eight evenings and made projections in digital and analogue (35mm) format possible on their cinema screen. On this occasion, we also thank the screening right distributors for the films shown. We like to take the opportunity to express gratefulness again to our invited guests, because without their inputs and contributions as experts (speakers) or witnesses, our public debates would not have been credible and authentic. My heartful thanks - last but not least - goes to my 14km Film Team. Carolin Bannorth, Silvia Limiñana, Khouloud Khalfallah, Houssein Ben Amor and Steffen Benzler - your cooperation made our dedicated project very interesting and succesful! In the name of the whole film team I express final thanks for the additional support of Susanne Kappe, Alex Odlum, Sarah Müller, Jana Vietze, Caroline Bunge and Helena Burgrova. Berlin, January 2016 Andreas Fricke (Project Manager) We express thanks for the support:        


1. Interkulturelles Seminar am 30.01.2016 in Berlin

Ab Januar 2016 führt das Team von 14km e.V. - the shortest distance between North Africa and Europe interkulturelle Seminare durch. Ziel ist es, für künftige Auslandsaufenthalte in der Region Nordafrika und Naher Osten zu sensibilisieren. Dabei wollen wir unser Wissen und unsere Auslandserfahrungen in der Region Nordafrika und Naher Osten gern weitergeben und Euch auf die kulturellen Besonderheiten und Unterschiede in der Region vorbereiten. An dem ganztägigen, interaktiven Workshop möchten wir Euch durch Vorträge grundlegende Informationen vermitteln. Mit Hilfe verschiedener Methoden wollen wir zu einem lebendigen und erfahrungsorientierten Lernen anregen. Dabei sollen auch mögliche Vorurteile und Stereotype thematisiert bzw. reduziert werden. Kosten Das Seminar kostet 25 € inkl. der Bereitstellung von kleinen Snacks in der Mittagspause und Getränken. Für Schüler und Studenten gibt es eine Ermäßigung von 5 €. Termine Das erste Seminar wird am 30.01.2016 stattfinden. Weitere Termine werden folgen. Außerdem besteht die Möglichkeit ab einer interessierten Gruppe von 5 Personen individuelle Termine für ein Seminar mit uns zu vereinbaren. Interesse? Kontaktiert uns gern oder meldet Euch an unter: InterKult@14km.org Homepage 14km Interkulturelles Seminar


Mahragan – Music as Revolution

While the political actors of the Tahrir generation seem to fade away, their revolutionary spirit still simmers within Egyptian society. The “Mahragan” with its often blasphemous but honest lyrics, remains a lasting symbol of the achievements made towards freedom of speech in 2011. Our 7th evening in the 2015 14km Film and Discussion Series was devoted to this phenomenon of Egyptian pop culture and its development in Cairo’s slums. With “Electro Chaabi,” director Hind Meddeb describes the rise of this eponymous musical style (its name, “Mahragan,” roughly translates to “festival”): from the slums of Cairo to the mainstream of Egyptian popular culture. The film features Mahragan’s pioneering artists (DJ Amr Haha, DJ Ramy, DJ Vigo, Figo, MC Alaa 50 Cent, MC Sadat, Oka & Ortega, Weza – the last three of whom perform together as Eight Percent), who took old PCs, keyboards, and downloaded remix tapes to reinvent traditional Chaabi music with an electronic spin. Often piercing rhythms mix with distorted melodies, whose sarcastic and provocative lyrics highlight the struggles of daily life in Cairo’s slums. The artists repeatedly suggest that their success lies in their ability to express what people on the street are thinking, often using banal examples and humorous exaggerations, but also without hesitating to take up controversial political issues. The artists are portrayed in multiple settings: while practising their songs, in interviews with friends and relatives, and, importantly, at four of their live wedding performances. The latter exemplify where Electro-Chaabi music first evolved and became known, before being spread through videos across Youtube and ending as an omnipresent vibe in the streets and on public transport. The film dives into this male dominated, youth sub-culture, fighting for freedom of speech in a society where artistic expression is often tightly constrained. Even the Mahragan performers uncritically accept strict rules of gender separation: men and women never dance together, but always separately. The film consistently offers rare glimpses into the social realities of the densely populated streets and yards in Cairo’s poorer areas, where countless Tuk-Tuks toot their way through an endless sea of houses, mountains of (occasionally burning) garbage, and minors looking for their chance to earn some cash as a taxi-driver. These suburbs operate decoupled, and largely marginalised, from the reach of Cairo’s formal public services. According to one song, drug consumption offers many residents a relief from the stress of these chaotic scenes. An every day occurrence, even children are often caught in the cycle of drugs. While the film mostly takes place in suburbs like Imbaba, Al-Matariyyah, El-Salam City, it moves into downtown Cairo by the end. Mahragan is becoming mainstream. Oka & Ortega sign their first contract with a record company, taking the chance to become national celebrities. We see them appearing in talk-shows, and soon learn they are touring Cairo’s clubs and playing at upper class weddings in five-star hotels. Having made the big time, the film’s director can no longer reach them for an interview. Meanwhile, the pair’s long-term partner, Weza, remains confined to suburbs after he fell out with the others and was excluded from the contract. A public discussion following the film welcomed Mohammed Abdelmageed M. Hussein and Ahmed Awadalla, who having witnessed the emergence of Electo Chaabi in Egypt, were both well placed to comment. Ahmed Awadalla noted that 30 per cent of Egyptians live in conditions similar to those experienced by Mahragam’s pioneers in the slums. Yet, not only does Mahragam directly represent this section of society, but also another 30 per cent of Egyptians can certainly relate to the phenomenon – youth make up almost 60 per cent of the population. Even before the 2011 revolution, this musical style was evolving. It dates to around 2007-8, when it grew out of the streets and weddings of Egypt’s under-represented working class. With revolution, came an opportunity to break down class barriers and expand into a new space. While previously ignored by the media, Mahragan was soon able to conquer not only the “streets,” but also the (mass) media. Mohammed Abdelmageed M. Hussein explained that Electro Chaabi was a fusion of electronic influences with older Chaabi (Egyptian folk music), which is traditionally played at weddings in Upper Egypt – his home region. Originally, Chaabi was simply the music of ordinary people and their stories, neither particularly cultural nor political. An audience member pointed out that, in contrast, Electro Chaabi is clearly distinguishable from its traditional roots as a highly critical “voice of the poor”. In this, it seems to more closely represent the dynamics of contemporary Egyptian society. Asked whether Mahragan was comparable to gangsta rap in the US or baile funk in Brazil, and whether it formed part of a global movement, Mohammed could only partially agree. Indeed, all three have grown out of repressive histories and share many common themes, such as drugs, violence, sex, and to some extent politics. However, in Egypt, there is an additional revolutionary element. In this sense, Mahragan is more accurately analogised with hip hop and blues, which share a comparable, emancipatory connection to the American civil rights movement. When questioned on how Mahragan had reacted to the military coup in 2013, Ahmed Awadalla argued that the music has retained its presence. However, the genre now faces a debate over whether it promotes drug abuse and violence (similar to the challenges faced by the popular Sobky movies). As a result, it is increasingly battles bans and censorship. Yet, songs about drugs are nothing new in Egypt, according to one audience member, who pointed out that Egyptian lyrics had been making drug references as early as the 1920s. For Chaabi, this tradition has been particularly present since the 1970s, a time of political and economic transformation. Another interesting perspective from the audience pointed out the paradox in Chaabi’s reference to drug culture, given that it emerged from the same slums where strong conservative and Islamist movements have spread. Mohamed Abdelmageed M. Hussein explained this by suggesting the slums were dynamic spaces, constantly reshaping themselves and their identities. Correspondingly, such seemingly contradictory developments are not impossible. In line with the theme of 14km’s upcoming Film and Discussion Series evening on 8 December, the current discussion brought up issues of gender and tackled the question of why women had such a weak presence in the film: “Why are the men and women always split into separate groups? Is there not also newfound freedom for women?” One audience member suggested that across the MENA region, “everything is divided” along gender lines. It is socially accepted that women and men do not mix, rather keeping a distance from one another. That, however, does not in and of itself mean women are oppressed. Instead, it only highlights that women have their own sphere – one which is not portrayed in this film. While we see a dominant male culture here, that is not representative of all society. Another commentator argued it could even be dangerous to challenge these invisible boundaries; bringing women and girls into the picture could make them subjects of harassment or worse. Further, it was pointed out that in Egypt’s upper classes, including at the popular music festivals they attend, both sexes dance together without such strict separation. In the slums, however, it remained striking how only the men were able to seize the opportunity to express themselves freely. Lastly, we learned that there are indeed public Mahragan shows by and for women, but that these are neither large nor famous. For example: Our guest Ahmed Awadalla blogs. Biography of director Hind Meddeb Music tips from the audience Film review on norient Event coordination and presentation: Andreas Fricke Coordination of the Film Series: Andreas Fricke Text: Steffen Benzler Translation: Alex Odlum Photos: Jana Vietze Organisation: The 14km Volunteer Film Crew The 14km Film and Discussion Series 2015 gets sponsorship by budgetary funds of the Federal State of Berlin – Office for Development Cooperation. Further events are scheduled as followed: 9 December The events are dedicatet to a single country or specific topic, in order to give an artistic-documentary impression. The ensuing audience discussion aims to include further informations by an affected person living in Berlin and by an scientific expert, always aiming to make links to North-South relationships. We express thanks for the support:


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