Filmkritik bei Edit Film Culture! 7. Juli 2018, silent green Kulturquartier

Am 5. Juli eröffnet im silent green Kulturquartier „Edit Film Culture!“ – ein Festival, eine Ausstellung und ein Filmprogramm, die sich dem ikonischen Magazin Film Culture widmen. Aktuelle Diskurse über Filmkritik werden mit interdisziplinären Ansätzen und globalen Perspektiven verknüpft, die nach den historischen und zeitgenössischen Bedeutungen des Begriffs „Filmkultur“ fragen.

Im Rahmen unserer Kooperation mit „Edit Film Culture!“ präsentieren wir die Zeitschrift Filmkritik, die zwei Jahre nach der ersten Ausgabe von Film Culture in Deutschland von Enno Patalas und Wilfried Berghahn gegründet wurde. Auch die Filmkritik fragte nach dem Verhältnis von Film und Gesellschaft. Ihre an der kritischen Theorie und der aus Paris kommenden Filmkritik orientierten Texte reagierten nicht nur auf das zeitgenössische Kino, sondern auch auf die gesellschaftliche Situation im Nachkriegsdeutschland. In den Jahren 1974 bis 1983 prägte Harun Farocki das Profil der Filmkritik als Autor und Redakteur mit. 1984 wurde die Zeitschrift eingestellt.

Mit gut 33 Jahren Verspätung erscheint nun das letzte unveröffentlichte Heft Filmkritik Nr. 335–336, Nov.-Dez. 1984*. Diese Ausgabe ist – als Themenheft – dem Filmemacher Emile de Antonio gewidmet. Darüber hinaus haben wir zwei Texte aus der Filmkritik Nr. 275, November 1979* erneut veröffentlicht, die einen kurzen Einblick in die redaktionelle Praxis der Zeitschrift geben. Während des Festivals „Edit Film Culture!“ wird das Heft im Gespräch mit dem damaligen Autor und Redakteur Jürgen Ebert am 7. Juli im silent green Kulturquartier vorgestellt.

Jürgen Ebert veröffentlichte im September 1969 seinen ersten Text in der Filmkritik (über Italowestern). Bis zum Ende der Zeitschrift 1984 war er einer der regelmäßigen Autoren und Redakteure. Ebert war Redakteur des Filmkritik-Hefts zu Emile de Antonio.


Samstag, 7. Juli 2018, 17 Uhr
Edit Filmkritik
Mit Jürgen Ebert
Lesung mit engl. Untertiteln, Gespräch in englischer Sprache
Ort: silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35
13347 Berlin

Mehr Information über das gesamte Programm ist über erhältlich.

* Die Publikation Filmkritik Nr. 335–336, Nov.-Dez. 1984 und die beiden Leporello zu Filmkritik Nr. 275, Nov. 1979 sind im Rahmen von Edit Film Culture! entstanden, einem Projekt der silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH in Zusammenarbeit mit Jonas Mekas/Anthology Film Archives, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V., SAVVY Contemporary e.V., Harun Farocki Institut, Spector Books und Lithuanian Culture Institute. Gefördert durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

30.06.2018 — Projekte / Veranstaltung

Olena Lyubchenko on Whiteness, Expropriation, War, and Social Reproduction in Ukraine (via LeftEast): „[…] when we hear on the news that ‘Ukraine is fighting a European war’ and ‘Ukraine is defending Europe’, amid images of fleeing ‘poor white’ women with children prioritized over racialized ‘Others’, ‘Ukraine’ is being made ‘white’ in the global imaginary. That is, „the injunction to ‘return to Europe’ by way of Europeanization is enabled and conditioned on the mythologies of Western civilization, and that Europeanization at once marks (promulgates) and unmarks (naturalizes) racial whiteness” [Nadezhda Husakouskaya and Randi Gressgård]. The paradox is that Europe’s existence as such has only been possible precisely because of the exploitation of global working peoples through expropriation of resources and today neoliberal economic reforms and reproduced by feminized labour.“

Vasyl Cherepanyn about the „inertness, hiding behind the European Wall“ (via L’Internationale): „Many Western institutions that have been claiming ‚radical political engagement‘ for years, have simply resorted to a white cube radicalism and self-satisfying humanitarianism, too afraid of acting politically beyond their comfort zone and unsettling their publics and authorities by attempting to affect the decision-making process regarding the Ukrainian cause.“


Tatsiana Shchurko on the War in Ukraine, Entangled Imperialisms, and Transnational Feminist Solidarity, via LeftEast (May 2, 2022): „[An] uneven knowledge production and the many implications of the war against Ukraine reveal the dire need to develop a feminist anti-capitalist critique of multiple imperialisms. This language should grow from within the occupied and suppressed communities of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. An anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist feminist positionality grasps that the local is part of a global in an effort to build transnational connections of mutual aid and support against state and corporate violence. For example, statements of solidarity with Ukraine expressed by the International Committee of Indigenous Peoples of Russia and Native American communities along with the anti-war feminist march in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on March 8, 2022, pointing out that the war in Ukraine should be of concern for a broad transnational community, may serve as instrumental examples of alternative anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist solidarities that stretch beyond state regulations and macro-politics and foreground decolonial perspectives, necessary in addressing entanglements of multiple imperialisms. Such solidarities also bring to light hidden interconnections of the past that allowed for distant communities to survive and support each other against the violence of imperialist intervention and its attendant capitalist exploitation. Thus, the march in Bishkek reminds of the socialist roots of the International Women’s Day to call for internationalist, intersectional, class solidarity against imperialism and militarism.“

Vasyl Cherepanyn on that „It’ll take more than tanks to ease Germany’s guilt“ (via Politico): „Since the Soviet Union’s collapse, Germany has been imposing neocolonial optics on its Eastern European ‚peripheries,‘ and on the post-Soviet space in particular, where Ukraine was long considered a gray buffer zone about which the EU was ‚deeply concerned.‘ Germany didn’t bother itself much with differentiating between former Soviet countries’ pasts. Even until recently, any Ukrainian agenda in Germany was often ‚balanced‘ with a Russian perspective, so as to not exclude the latter by any means.“

An unnamed anarchist and art scholar, who joined the Territorial Defense Forces, quoted by Olexii Kuchanskyi in an essay on „Digital Leviathan and His Nuclear Tail“ (via Your Art and e-flux notes): „At dawn, Dima and I talked about cinema. Dima believes that cinema is inferior to literature as a means of expression because you spend much more time with a book than a film. It’s a really interesting point, something to dig into. I studied at the department of art theory & history and I never thought of it. Dima served in the military after school and worked at the factory all his life. He listens to rap, smokes pot, and tries to have fun. He is thirty-eight, his child was born last year. He likes Wong Kar-wai and is a fan of Asian cinema in general. Dima communicates by quoting Omar Khayyam, Confucius, and other awesome guys.“


Vasyl Cherepanyn (Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv) on Putin’s “World War Z” and the West’s deadly “foot-dragging”, via Project Syndicate: “The main feature of this Western condition is constant belatedness. The West has always been too late, incapable of acting ahead and instead just reacting to what has already happened. As a Ukrainian joke went at the time, ‘While the European Union was taking a decision, Russia took Crimea.’ Then as now, Ukrainians wondered, ‘What is the West’s red line? What will compel the West to act instead of waiting and discussing when to intervene?’”

Barbara Wurm on Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, killed in Mariupol, via Die Welt: “Kvedaravičius unfolded a whole spectrum of visual anthropology over a decade with only three films [Barzakh, Mariupolis, Parthenon]. It now awaits evaluation and exploration. The time will come. The films themselves make possible an infinite immersion in the matter of the world, between dream and reality, horror and everyday life, facts and phenomenal imagology.”

mehrweniger Kurznews