Workshops and Tutorials
The imbalance of political power and the economic gap between Europe and the Arab World as well as the striking disequilibrium regarding the possession of and access to technological means of production directly affect the making of films. Thus how do the images we see from the Near East and North Africa come into being? Who produces them and to which interest?
In workshops I approach these questions from different angles. The starting point of a seminar can be the reception of films about or from Arab countries in Germany, the conditions of production of a state in the region, the mutual film history between Germany and an Arab country or another subject which is urgent to your institution.
Most of the workshops address a public in Germany, hence the examples on the German site are more comprehensive. My tutorials in Arab countries or for Arab directors and producers mainly deal with questions of funding and production as well as film sales and distribution.
In addition to the public events I also teach in training and formation programs such as the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for international cooperation between young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World, Docmed, DOX:LAB or Documentary Campus MENA Region. The subjects are similar to the examples in the documentation below, yet the in-house curricula are not public.
Each Short Film in Its Own Right
Qumra Shorts Group Tutorials, Doha Film Institute / Qatar 2017
mec film is a Berlin-based company that exclusively distributes films by Arab directors. A fair number of the titles in the company’s international catalogue are short films. Using the examples of Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind’s ‘In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain’, Bassem Breche’s ‘Free Range’, Sherif Elbendary’s ‘Dry Hot Summers’ and Annemarie Jacir’s ‘Like Twenty Impossibles’, Irit Neidhardt discusses the challenges and potential of short film distribution.
program booklet (PDF) | photos
War and Media: Images of Syria
state-recognized further training for teachers, Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival / Germany 2016
Till 2011 Syria was a relatively closed country. Not many images have reached us, be it in the media, in the field of art or in cinema. Since the beginning of the political uprisings and the subsequent civil war five years ago, images of Syria are suddenly very present in the media on a daily basis. Thus how can we understand them? On the basis of short TV-reports from Arab and German broadcasters as well as internet videos the most common image- and language strategies of the war parties are illuminated and analyzed in the context of theoretical concepts of war in the media. Continue in German
Palestinian Cinema: Autonomous? Independent?
in the framework of the cultural month Filistina, Municipal Cinema Hannover / Germany 2016
The Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO, which operated from exile, used films as one tool in the struggle for independence. With their help a counter public as well as the control over the own images was to be created. Though some of the film-makers had individual cinematic handwritings, the development of a Palestinian cinematic language had no priority. The cooperation with film-makers from German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany played a special role for the PLO. In the seminar this cooperation will be looked at on the basis of case studies and film excerpts and analyzed with regard to its historical and political meaning. After the seminar the film "Omar" will be shown at the municipal cinema at 8.15pm. It is an example of Palestinian film-making oppositional to the PLO. The film will be introduced by Irit Neidhardt. More in German
Film Funding and Distribution
At the Arte Film Week, French-German Cultural Center Ramallah / Palestine 2012
program leaflet (PDF)
Images for a conflict with no end
At the Arsenal Summer School: Cut! Interventions of the Documentary, Arsenal Berlin / Germany 2011
The third Arsenal Summer School will be taking place from August 25-27 entitled "Cut! Documentary Interventions". A series of eight events, including discussions, Q&As and film screenings, and a range of different speakers from practical and theoretical backgrounds will explore the relationship between both the documentary and the political and form and content and examine the conditions for documentary production. Contributors: Karin Jurschick, Brigitta Kuster, Claus Löser, Avi Mograbi, Irit Neidhardt, Philip Scheffner, Stefan Stefanescu, Florian Wüst. Chaired by: Milena Gregor, Birgit Kohler, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus. Continue