Panel 3
Moving-Image Activism and Disobedience on Screen

The State of the Moving Image Panel 3
Moving-Image Activism and Disobedience on Screen

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 12:30pm–2:30pm EST

With: Olivier Hadouchi (moderator), Karrabing Film Collective member Elizabeth A. Povinnelli, Noncitizen members Amina Khalil and Christian Rossipal, Rojava Film Commune member Sevinaz Evdike

What role does moving-image production play in activism and what does filmic disobedience look like? This panel focuses on contemporary forms of counter-filmmaking, images produced during political uprisings, and how film can become a tool for organizing, educating, and decolonizing.

“Moving-Image Activism and Disobedience on Screen” is the third of six panels in the online symposium The State of the Moving Image curated by Lukas Brasiskis, taking place this September 17–19 on e-flux Video & Film, and accompanied by the screening program An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories (streaming September 6–20).

Olivier Hadouchi is a film curator and independent researcher working in Paris. Hadouchi holds a PhD in cinema studies and has lectured, published texts, and curated film programs about internationalism, non-alignment, third cinema, tricontinental film, images from the South, voices, protests, and echoes of 1968 around the world in magazines such as Third Text and CinémAction; in instiutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), Kunsthalle (Münster), Jeu de Paume (Paris), and CorsicaDoc festival; and in cities such as Algiers, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Zagreb, Tangiers, Santiago de Chile, Béjaïa, Madrid, Beirut, Lisbon, Prague, and Porto. He was part of the team who prepared the first version of the manifesto ”Liberate the Image” with filmmakers Ali Essafi, Jihan El Tahri, and Mohanad Yaqubi among others.

Karrabing Film Collective and Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media group formed by approximately thirty members, most of whom are based in the Northern Territories of Australia. Initiated in 2008 as a form of grassroots activism, they approach filmmaking as a mode of self-organisation and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. With their films and installations, the collective exposes the long shadow and different shapes cast by colonial power.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University, a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and one of the founding members of Karrabing Film Collective.

Noncitizen, Amina Khalil, and Christian Rossipal​
Noncitizen is a nomadic film and cultural project aiming to highlight the issues of oppression in our time, borders, the right to have rights, and freedom of movement.

Amina Khalil is a Kurdish member of Noncitizen who is based in Sweden. She has worked extensively with activism in media, journalism, and humanitarian fields related to borders and migration. Amina is currently a board member at Refugees Welcome Sweden and has been involved in the work of the Noncitizen collective since 2019.

Christian Rossipal is a member of Noncitizen who is based in New York and Stockholm. He works as a filmmaker, curator, and teacher, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU. His research on the politics of media and migration has been published in Film Quarterly, The Global South, and Routledge Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, among other journals and anthologies. Christian has been a member of the Noncitizen collective since 2015.

Rojava Film Commune and Sevinaz Evdike
Rojava Film Commune is a collective of filmmakers founded on July 14, 2015 in the autonomous region of Rojava in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Since that day the commune has been actively working in the region to rebuild and reorganize all the infrastructures of filmmaking, screening, and educating. The commune also works on generating a new audience for film. The commune’s members also created the Rojava Film Academy, organized various screenings, and in 2016, launched the Rojava International Film festival.

Sevinaz Evdike is a member of the Commune since 2015, a graduate of the Cegerxwin Academy of Art in Turkey, and director of the Rojava International Film Festival. She teaches script writing and has directed the short film Home (2081) that addresses issues of children, women, and remnants of war.

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