Memories of Displacement

With Adnan Softić, Eliane Esther Bots, Zacharias Zitouni and Aylin Kuryel

1 December 2022
20:00 — 22:30

Location: Steenweg 26

The screening is followed by a conversation with film makers Eliane Esther Bots and Aylin Kuryel and Alma Imamovic, one of the interpreters in the film In Flow of Words, moderated by Florian Wüst

Taking the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s as a point of departure, Memories of Displacement reflects multiple narrative trajectories that traverse and connect Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey and Algeria in relation to political violence, forced migration and collective and personal memory. The four experimental short films elaborate on the role and limitations of language: How to convey the experience of exterritoriality and identity loss against the cliché image of the refugee? How to navigate the surreal position between impartiality and emotion in the process of translating at court? How to tackle a traumatic past of deportation in its contradictory relation to the present? How to withstand state prosecution through words other than one’s own?

Memories of Displacement was originally conceived for the film programme of Twister, an exhibition at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin, February to April 2022. 

Ships with goods and materials from all over the world bump into the Bibby Challenge with their waves
Adnan Softić
Germany 2020, 12 minutes

In Flow of Words
Eliane Esther Bots
The Netherlands, 2021, 22 minutes

first in first out
Zacharias Zitouni
Germany/Algeria 2019, 26 minutes

A Defense
Aylin Kuryel
Turkey/The Netherlands 2021, 16 minutes


Memories of Displacement is part of the public programme of the IMPAKT Exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations, on view at Steenweg 26 (till 30 December 2022) and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (till 8 January 2023).

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