This programme weaves the oath to kinship in different dimensions and colours at the junction of music, fashion, and dance. Here we witness a choir of survivors in the process of healing, dance for abortion rights, listen to Berlin musicians making songs for each other while others move to their own rhythm on the balcony… Queer bodies are subjected, yet find solace in psychiatric asylum, and then there is all that glamor of cinematic shame and patriarchy! It’s a night full of stars, glams and (surprisingly caring) wonders.
Length: 90 min
Survivor Manifesto – The Art of Making Kin
What if we lived in a society in which people who harmed and people who were harmed could heal simultaneously?
Survivor Manifesto – The Art of Making Kin is a video essay on survivorhood in which trauma survivors cast a wild vision of a utopian society.
The experimental film unfolds a hypnotic undertow that pulls the spectator into a journey from despair to self-love. The documentary narrates dealing with trauma as a sophisticated skill. Poetic and multi-layered imagery of traveling create a metaphorical space in which narration and imagination melt into a unique story. Different voices of trauma survivors tell about a survivor collective they have formed and they invite the viewers to join them. They encourage an emotional journey to the viewer’s very own abyss. Trauma is often related to speechlessness and isolation, but the film provides collectivity and the idea that healing is a continuing process. The film creates the restlessness that is typical for surviving through imagery and music. But it also makes clear that the transition from surviving to living is characterized by hope: the chorus of survivors shares their skills and their ideas on dealing with violence, the art of making kin and on queer love.
Survivor Manifesto is a political essay that will change your perspective on trauma.
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