6. December – How was actually …


Some screenings are already behind us! On Thursday morning at 9 am the AKE DIKHEA? was officially launched and projected in front of a school audience. In the film BEI UNS IST DAS SO! – ROMA IN BERLIN FRIEDRICHSHAIN young Romnja and Rom from Berlin get their chance to speak. They talk about their world between family and school, their plans for the future and the experiences they have made here. In the subsequent Q&A we learn from director Robert Kosse and his team that the documentary was initially only intended as a portrait of the young people. Fortunately, a film developed out of the production process that also shows conversations with family members and street workers from Friedrichshain. This not only shows cross-generational perspectives from the community of families who moved to Berlin mainly from the small village of Fântânele (Romania), but also their network.

The areas of work and equal opportunities, family and tradition, living and leisure, but also bureaucracy and arrivals are central themes. The different positions captured here are special: For example, traditions and conservative values are anchors and structure for the members of the Pentecostal movement, while other protagonists declare traditional gender roles to be outdated or even completely question whether traditional definitions still exist at all, on which everyone can agree. Can traditions be questioned and at the same time preserved, because they are a binding element in the community and therefore important? It is the strength of the film that it takes up these and similar questions and lets them be answered individually and self-determinedly. As street worker and participant Daniela Telleis reported in the audience discussion, the film was shown not only to people interested in film, but also to employees of the Youth Welfare Office, who in some cases gained insights into the realities of Roma families for the first time ever. Here the lack of sensitization for the discrimination experiences of Roma becomes once again clear.

When asked by the audience how it came about that the parents of the young people agreed and stepped in front of the camera themselves, the film team replied: “Through trust and years of relationship work. The audience discussion makes it clear how strongly foreign images determine their visibility through the community and how sensitively the production process of a film had to be designed in order to bring new images into the world. In any case, the projections and conversations with the pupils ensured a successful start to the AKE DIKHEA? festival, which demands space and visibility for self-images!

Editor: Maria Wendland

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