Screening of "On the Inside - Death knows no name", Sunday, 24th March 2013, 5 pm, Hackesche Höfe Kino

on the inside

On Sunday, 24th March 20135 pm AfricAvenir presents Uwe Jansons' film "On the Inside" at Hackesche Höfe Kino. "On the Inside" tells the story of Arusha Ntarama, who lost everything in a massacre in Nyankunde, Congo - her dignity, her husband, her children. At the event of Simon Taylor, Minister for Economic Development in the Congo, checking in at the Brandenburger Hof in Berlin as a guest of the Mayor of Berlin, she storms his hotel room armed with a gun to take him to task. "On the Inside" is a story about the search for justice and the fragile nature of truth. It is - condensed into a small space - a parable of all civil wars, the victims and the perpetrators. Background is the true story of a massacre in Kivu 2002.

"A film about the deadliest conflict since the Second World War, ignored by world opinion,. It doesn´t need the manipulative images of Western media and strongly questions  the responsibility of the West." (Eric Van Grassdorff, AfricAvenir). 

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Uwe Janson, co-producer Oliver Czeslik and main actress Sheri Hagen and a small reception at the foyer of the cinema.

The event takes place in cooperation with Jozi.tv, the Initiative of Black People in Germany (ISD), the Ecumenical Network Central Africa and AFROTAK TV Cyber Nomads.

AfricAvenir is distributer for this film in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If you are interested in public screenings, please contact: info@africavenir.org.

Synopsis

Simon Taylor, Minister for Economic Development in the Congo and guest of the Berlin mayor checks in the Brandenburger Hof Berlin with his life companion Yusuf. Instead of a relaxed evening full of comfort, the two are confronted with their past. Arusha, who lost her husband and children in a long-ignored massacre in Congo, takes the two hostage. She wants to expose Taylor as Statehouse Commander Robert Makeni, who is responsible for the massacre and her loss. She wants to find out whether she could have saved her daughters lives with a lie, and she wants revenge ... She picks Marco Held, junior manager of the hotel as witness. He is supposed to listen to the truth and is confronted with different representations of reality, unable to act and to choose a side ...

“On the Inside” is a story about the search for justice and the fragile nature of truth. It is - condensed into a small space - a parable of all civil wars, the victims and the perpetrators and how the boundaries between them are fluent. Whether in Kosovo, Libya or Azerbaijan, war crimes are being committed everywhere. The background to this film is the true story of a massacre in Kivu in 2002. What happened there was kept secret for a long time. Without the world opinion taking note, in the last 20 years more than 5 million people have died in atrocious circumstances in the Republic of Congo. “On The Inside” relocates the events and conflicts into a hotel room in Berlin. 

Voices on the film

"As long as human rights are violated on a daily basis, films such as "On the inside" are a must for everyone who does not have to ask him_herself whether s_he can survive the next day." Sheri Hagen

"I was very moved by the scrpit of "On the Inside". The issue to me was very important. African and Black actresses are normally very stereotyped as shown in German film productions [...]"On The Inside" is not in accordance with these stereotypes but rather gives space to a reflection that encourages discourse and gives black actresses the opportunity to delve into different characters and give life to them." Sheri Hagen

"My character of Marco Held to me is a symbol of Europe's attitude in dealing with the conflicts and problems of Africa. To want problems, but ultimately to remain passive and not to act." Ken Duken

"As the role offer came, I was skeptical at first - white men  making a black film, but after casting "On The Inside" convinced me. It is not just a film about Africa." Tyron Ricketts

"On the Inside" is the story of all wars and all the victims, it is a story that every mother in the world can understand - how would I react if I lost my kids and my husband in the war? We chose Kivu in the  background because it is one of the forgotten massacres that became known only after some victims raised their voices. At that time victims of such crimes could not press charges, but were only heard as witnesses. Now it's different. Arusha arises because she wants the truth to be heard. In thhis process she finds herself in a situation in which it is no longer clear who is victim and who is perpetrator." Uwe Janson

"The story is set in a hotel room in Berlin, not in Africa and is  told from different perspectives. Marco Held is helplessly trapped in the conflict, and reminds us of the reactions of the UN and the EU in African conflicts." Uwe Janson

"With our film, we wanted to give a face to the unknown, look behind the facades of victims and perpetrators. By turning from victim to perpetrator, we show the dark, cruel side of dehumanization." Oliver Czeslik

"A film about the deadliest conflict since the Second World War, ignored by world opinion,. It doesn´t need the manipulative images of Western media and strongly questions  the responsibility of the West." Eric Van Grassdorff,  AfricAvenir

Director

Uwe Janson, born in Königswinter, studied sociology, philosophy and German studies in Heidelberg. Between 1987 and 1990 he took part in numerous script writing seminars in the training programme of the FEMI and the European Script Funds - with Sir Richard Attenborough, Frank Daniel and Renee Goddard among others. Working as a as director, producer and writer for more than 50 films for cinema and television since 1992, Janson has received numerous awards. With "Baal"  (2003), he founded a renaissance of German theatre film. Three more excellent and award-winning films emerged within this series with the ZDF: "Lulu", "Peer Gynt" and "Werther" - which have been praised by German and French critics. These films won prices at festivals and were screened at arthouse cinemas. The two-part film "Volcano" was a celebrated success for RTL Television in fall 2009 and was nominated for an Award. "On The Inside" was an official contribution to the European Independent Film Festival in Paris and is a sturmunddrangfilm production that was accomplished by Uwe Janson together with the author Oliver Czeslik.Uwe Janson won the German Comedy Award for "Danni Lowinski" in 2011. His next literary filming in 2013 will be the feature film "The Robbers" based on the drama by Friedrich Schiller, with Ken Duken, Lars Eidinger and Aylin Tezel.

sturmunddrangfilm 

The sturmunddrangfilm wants to open a new door for contemporary literature - and - theater adaptations in TV and movies. The two people behind sturm und drangfilm are the film-maker Uwe Janson and the author and agent Oliver Czeslik. Oliver Czeslik and Uwe Janson have been working together since the early 90s. In this regard, in 1992 Janson filmed the play "Heilige Kühe" with Ulrich Mühe in the lead role.

Filmography

Baal (2003Volcano (2009),
TVOn The Inside (2011)
Danni Lowinski (2011)
The Minister (2012)

Director: Uwe Janson

with Sheri Hagen, Tyron Ricketts, Ken Duken, Morgan Domingos, Matthias Koeberlin, Loic Schroeder, Stefan Rudolf, Fabienne Elaine Hollwege and Mohammed Fallah

80 min
Sunday 24th,
March 2013
5 pm
Entrance fee: EUR 7,50€ 

Dicsount via Berlinpass, Gildepass, Heavy User Card, Filmreihe-Pass (Further information: www.hoefekino.de/preise-und-rabatte)

Tickets and information

030 283 46 03

www.hackesche-hoefe.org

Hackesche Höfe Kino

Rosenthalerstr. 40/4110187 Berlin

S Hackescher Markt

U Weinmeisterstraße 

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