Nicole Wolf, Nanna Heidenreich, Deepa Dhanraj
Living Archive: Engaging Cinema - Reviewing Collective Practices



20–21 June 13


Production still from Molkarin, (Yugantar, India 1981)
Production still from Molkarin, (Yugantar, India 1981)


The feminist film collective Yugantar is the starting point for a 1,5 day open seminar. The collaborative process of each of Yugantar's films, their stress on 'standing with' those that their films were seeking to engage in cinematic and political terms and a strong sense of creating a radical space of possibilities, suggests an energy that we would like to respond to.

Together with invited guests, each of which have a close relation to collective film politics, we want to connect our current urgencies and desires to those of a still resonant past – to explore, to discuss, share, critique and re-animate. How does thinking with film-political terms that were created then help to revalue and rethink those we find crucial today? What new terms might we want to invent for 'engaging' cinemas? And how do collective processes of making (films, texts, events, politics...) probe and enrich these terms and practices?

With: Deepa Dhanraj (Yugantar), Claudia von Aleman, Arne Hector, Minze Tummescheidt (Cinéma Copains), Karolin Meunier, Sandra Schäfer, Kerstin Schroedinger (Cinenova), Manuela Schininá und Madeleine Bernstorff.


Thursday, June 20, 10 h–13 h
Presentation and discussion of Yugantar's films, their context and production, with Deepa Dhanraj.

Friday, June 21, 10 h–18 h
Input, presentations and discussion with Claudia von Aleman, Cinémacopain, Cinenova, Madeleine Bernstorff and Manuela Schininá, Nathalie Percilier.

See also:
Wednesday, June 19, 20 h – screening and DVD launch of Kya Hua Is Shaher Ko/ What Has Happened To This City, directed by Deepa Dhanraj (India, 1985) at Cinema Arsenal

The seminar will be in English, but questions, comments and discussions can happen in German as well and the organizers will do their best to translate whenever needed.

The seminar is free and open for everyone, but places are limited, so please register at:

Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. The grant program of the project Living Archive is funded by the Goethe-Institut.