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18.8.2018 | ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino: We need new names

Dinner and film screenings

I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not #25: I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino
We need new names
Host: Julia Wissert

We need new names is an evening about the tension between the realm of the family and the expectations of the outside world. Filmmakers in diaspora look at ancestry and heritage, imagining a life after the trauma of displacement. We need new names because we are everything, nothing, and both.

Nyansapo by Ewuraba Hama-Lansiquot/Rabz Lansiquot, 2017
While teaching her granddaughter how to cook Jollof rice, the director’s grandmother speaks about her experience back home in Ghana as it became the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule, and her life in the UK since moving to London in the 1960s. Nyansapo is the Adinkra symbol represented by the “wisdom knot”, a symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence, and patience.

We need new names by Onyeka Igwe, 2015
We need new names examines contemporary Nigerian identity through contradictions inherent to an ethnographic reading of the funeral of the filmmaker’s family matriarch.

Gis by Narges Kalhor, 2015
Faezeh’s hair is her identity. Yet her thick curly hair is falling out in large clumps, the strands of her hair caught in bundles between her fingers. She is leaving Germany and returning to Iran and resolutely packs her hair with her other belongings. While trying to pack an unmanageable ivy plant, it falls on the floor and then she herself. The young woman experiences her fall as a surreal leap through time and space and also as a clash with the harsh reality of her old and new homeland. Gis is a portrait of leave-taking.

Mugabo by Amelia Umuhire, 2016
Mugabo is a short experimental film about a young woman’s return to Kigali, Rwanda after 20 years of living abroad.

“Asb” اسب by Faezeh Nikoozad, 2017
Asb (horse) is a short movie about the longing of a child for her absent father. The mother and young daughter are left in a house which moves from Iran to the German forests. Completely displaced the two are left in a space full of silence, with questions for the father who never returned like so many others. It’s a story about displacement, silence, and the trauma of death following.

A traveler lands on a seemingly abandoned earth. He goes on a journey to excavate the relics of Black live which has past and its story. The movie is a visual poem which atmospherically speaks about the everyday struggles of the second generation.

Please RSVP until Friday, August 17, 2018, 4 pm at or purchase a ticket in advance.

Pick-up presale tickets or purchase tickets at the door before 7:30 pm on the night of the event at the Berlin Biennale counter in front of ZK/U. Food is served from 7 to 9 pm. Films begin at 9 pm.

ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics’ regular Speisekino format combines films and food around a particular topic. Sometimes the relation is obvious, and food from the region where the film is set is served. Sometimes the link between the two is more subtle, when for example the film is accompanied by a dish that also appears in the plot.

As part of the 10th Berlin Biennale’s public program I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not the 10th Berlin Biennale collaborates with ZK/U: Throughout the entire summer, the Speisekino screening series at ZK/U is programmed by the 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team and invited artists and filmmakers. The series brings together feature and experimental films and documentaries in conversation with the exhibition, with our dreams and ghosts, and in dialogue with Berlin and the world, but–as we said before–we are not interested in providing a coherent reading of histories or the present of any kind.