Contemporary Filmmaking in Exile


Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and Afrikan Studies, Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region (4 ECTS)
22-23.10.2022, 5-6.11.2022, 12.11.2022 / Blockseminar between 11:00 - 15:00 CET


This course will provide an overview of the films produced in the 2000s under the conditions of migration and exile. We will focus on the history of cinema by examining a set of films produced under different exile conditions and the film theories developed in opposition to the frame of dominant cinema. In the course, in which migrants and directors will be active participants together with the students, we will have the possibility to work within co-research groups to analyse films which will make us understand the different layers of migration of today and yesterday and their contribution in positively transforming artistic practices.


A full outline of the course syllabus can be found here

Please note that there will be a preparatory meeting that will take place on Thursday, October 20th at 12:00 CET. In this meeting, we will introduce you how the platform works and we will offer technical support so that everybody is technically ready for the first session.


Nagehan Uskan lives and works on Lesvos Island where she is a member of different grassroots migrant video collectives. She completed her PhD on the topic of activist documentary cinema in Turkey. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland conducting a research on migration and its visual representation. She is currently researcher and lecturer at Off-University and organizing seminars hosted by the Department of Gender and Media Studies at IAAW. She also works as film programmer and as independent documentary filmmaker.

This course is funded by "Beyond Social Cohesion: Global Repertoires of Living Together" (RePLITO) in the framework of the Berlin University Alliance and hosted by Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, The Institute for Asian and African Studies.