13 November 2014 – 8 pm
Deutsche Kinemathek - Potsdamer Straße 2 – 10785 Berlin – deutsche-kinemathek.de
By looking at Europe through the lens of time we want to address the ambivalences of the process of European integration. Politicians often think of integration of new member states in the European Union in terms of a “modernization queue”, as the geographer Doreen Massey from the Open University calls it. At the bottom of this belief lies the assumption that with time, these countries, their economies and society, will converge and become alike the West. There are places, though, in the middle of Europe, where ‘time stands still’. Their existence provokes us to ask whether it is right or wrong to insist that they change, converge. The lens of synchrony or its luck enables us to discuss how to preserve and celebrate Europe’s diversity while assuring that people and places which do not ‘modernize’ still participate. But the lens of time is also productive to think of how some problems Europe now faces seem endless, without the beginning and the end, and how individual life course, subjective social time, is asynchronous with the developments in politics and economies in Europe. – Magdalena Nowicka, Project Leader
Please find below extracts form the discussion. Please have in mind that the Forum 2 was hold partly in German.
1. Étienne François, Irit Dekl und Anca Paunesco über ein Leben außerhalb der Zeit.
2. Étienne François und Irit Dekl zu Exodus und Erinnerung.
Historian, professor at the Free University in Berlin and Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Sociologist at Bard College in Berlin and specializes in memory and media studies
Moderation: Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck
Miniyamba- Walking Blues
Denmark 2012 – 14:30 min
Music is timeless, so the desire of people to live in freedom and be free to realize their dreams. Time melts into infinity in this film.
Czech Republic/ Romania 2013 – 23 min
Where the time stands still: an isolated and archaic settlement in the Romanian mountains. Here time has another pace. The life of people there makes us question our drive for modernization.
Koit from Lauküla
Maria Kivirand & Robi Uppin
Estonia 2012 – 5 min
Time can be measured in many ways: in this film, the old woman in Estonia mixed her personal time with great historical events in Europe.
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