January 2018


Beyond Spring

Thursday 18.01.2018 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: €5

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ EUME (Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe) / Mayadin al-Tahrir e.V.
Curation: Viola Shafik






Love in Times of Revolution: A Mayadin al-Tahrir film screening in cooperation with EUME/Forum für Transregionale Studien

"Happily Ever After"
by Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir
Documentary, 2016, Egypt, 71 min., Arabic Engl. subt.


In the midst of the chaos of Egypt’s Arab Spring, filmmaker Nada Riyadh falls in love with Ayman. The initial euphoria makes way for doubt, anxiety and blame – a metaphor for the disappointing trajectory of events in Egypt.

When Ayman decides to leave the country because of the deteriorating social and political conditions, she does everything she can to convince him to stay.

The escalating tension puts her own commitment to remain in the country to the test.

Discussion partner:

Jannis Julien Grimm is a Doctoral Fellow in the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, where he investigates political violence and the dynamics of contention in post-revolutionary Egypt and Turkey.

He has studied Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science in Münster, Berlin and in Cairo where he has spent several years studying and working. Investigating the transformation processes in Egypt since 2011 through the perspective of “politics from below”, Jannis Grimm has conducted field research in Egypt, Turkey and Palestine.

Moreover, he has been actively engaged with practitioners in the field through his work on civil society and human rights for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP Berlin. Since 2013, he co-authors the German Development Ministry’s annual report on Egypt and is a reviewer for its Early Warning Crisis Indicator.

Jannis Grimm regularly writes for several Blogs on Middle East politics. In addition, he tweets @jannisgrimm on Egypt’s political affairs.




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Beyond Spring - Arab FILM SERIES

In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik.

It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.





Viola Shafik, PhD is a filmmaker, curator and film scholar. She has authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She has lectured at the American University in Cairo and Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She has directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

An event in cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).




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