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Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50 (Starting December 14)

Angela Davis

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The German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films, and Berlin-based Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art to present a virtual showcase of the Berlinale Forum’s 50th anniversary program with curated film selections by The Museum of Modern Art.

One of the world’s premiere showcases of radical cinema both in form and content, the International Forum of Young Film (later: Berlinale Forum) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020. The selection of six programs, drawn by The Museum of Modern Art from a more extensive series that took place at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin earlier this year, presents work made between 1969 and 1971 that premiered in the first edition of the Forum. Filmmakers as subversive as Chris Marker, Sarah Maldoror, Rosa von Praunheim, and Helke Sander did not shy from confronting the social, political and economic upheavals that were then giving rise to revolutionary movements around the world, whether Black Power or African independence, second-generation feminism, gay liberation, or workers’ rights. Now, a half century later, we can contemplate their successes and failures in finding a filmic language to express these seismic shifts on the ground – in streets, factories, universities, and bedrooms – and perhaps find a renewed urgency and inspiration in their collective ongoing struggle.


The film series Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50 includes films from 1969-71 on Black Power, African independence, feminism, gay liberation, and workers’ rights, selected by The Museum of Modern Art.

Register now for the December 18 panel Radical Cinema, Then and Now, which contextualizes and explores the impact of these films and the continued importance of political filmmaking.

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Foto: Bernd Feuerhelm(vorne)© Courtesy Rosa von Praunheim Film

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The films will be available on demand online December 14-20 and will be accompanied by a panel discussion December 18, 2:00pm EST

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