Curating Together – Open-Air Cinema in the Community

In July 2023, the Film Education Department of the DFF, in collaboration with the Al Karama Family Education Center, organized open-air screenings in the Northwest City neighborhood as part of a collaborative project called “Curate Together – Open-Air Cinema in the Community.” These events, which took place on two Fridays, were curated and organized in collaboration with Al Karama’s Monday Group, and included everything from fringe programming and activities for children and teens to film selection. The Monday Group is a weekly language and cultural meeting for women with international backgrounds. More than 200 people attended the second event, where they watched the animated film “DOUNIA & THE PRINCESS OF ALEPPO” by Syrian director Marya Zarif in Arabic with German subtitles. Many of them participated in pre-movie craft activities with their children, led by members of the Monday Group and DFF colleagues.

The open-air screenings were preceded by four workshops on film, cinema, migration, home and biography. The central question revolved around what it means to curate a film program and the shared responsibility of making choices in film selection. How can both participants and the DFF team learn from each other, given their culturally diverse film experiences? These hands-on, sequential workshops alternated between the DFF and the Children and Family Center. Daniela Dietrich, head of museum education at the DFF, gave the group an insight into the museum’s educational work. In a workshop with Rabih El Khoury, curator of film programs for various festivals and support programs, they explored various aspects of film curation. Film educator Julian Namé then deepened the topics in several workshops with the group. The project concluded with the group’s visit to the DFF Archive Center.


Barbara Dierksen
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Al Karama –
im KiFaz Nordwest

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