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Sea Behind the Wall | Outdoor Film Screening | A Closer Look at Crop Exchange

22.September 2023 19:00 - 22:00

Curated by Mai El-Gammal

Film and agriculture, seemingly disparate realms, possess a fascinating dialectic that allows them to mutually inform and enrich one another. The first screening by the curator Mai El-Gammal delves into the intricate dynamics of crop exchange between the global North and South. Two thought-provoking documentaries explore the multifaceted implications of aid programs and the fascinating journey of seeds across continents.

The Price of Aid by Jihan El-tahri (2003, 52 minutes)

In "The Price of Aid," we delve into the complex world of humanitarian aid and its far-reaching consequences. Through a detailed case study of a famine crisis in Zambia, this documentary sheds light on the paradoxes of international assistance. While the United States donates millions of tons of food to alleviate immediate hunger, this film unveils the potential long-term challenges it can create for the nations receiving aid.

Wild Relatives by Jumana Mannaa (2018, 64 minutes)

A captivating journey from the Arctic permafrost to the fertile lands of Lebanon in "Wild Relatives." This documentary chronicles the remarkable story of seeds, encapsulating both the global and local dimensions of seed preservation. Learn about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an underground sanctuary safeguarding seeds from around the world. Follow the extraordinary journey of seeds as they traverse from the Arctic to the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, witnessing the challenges and triumphs along the way.

Doors: 18:00 h
Screenings: 19:00 h - 21:00 h at Oyoun’s Garden

Q&A / Talk: 21:00 h - 22:00 h at Oyoun’s Café

Ticket: Free admission! | Register here
Language: English

Foto: Filmstill, Wild Relatives


Mai El-Gammal

Mai El-Gammal is a cultural worker and a professional in the film industry. Her experience spans film promotion and distribution, film training programs management, and film programming with 10 years of experience in the Middle East and Germany.
She holds an MA in Cultural Studies and New Media. She worked for DOX BOX e.V. for where she managed programs including the Residency and the Consultancy. Currently, El-Gammal serves as the Coordinator for Partnerships at DOK Leipzig.

Sea Behind the Wall

"Sea behind the Wall’ is a participatory outdoor chapter within Oyoun's overarching initiative Listening to the Land. In this immersive outdoor series, participants are invited to engage on a collective journey that explores neo-colonialism’s complexities, incorporating intergenerational, indigenous and contemporary practices for solidarity.

They will be guided through a range of experiences, including decolonizing agri/cultural workshops, foraging and gardening sessions, film screenings focusing on land and human rights, public interventions led by indigenous communities, and a street side window exhibition that winds its ways through the city of Berlin.

The project “Sea Behind the Wall” is part of the initiative DRAUSSENSTADT funded by Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis as well as Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaflichen Zusammenhalt. Further funded by the Globus Opstart Programm of Nordisk Kulturfond



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22.September 2023
19:00 - 22:00
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