How do I paint a self-portrait with words? Writing short is like painting with one color. If I could paint with only one color, it would be fieldflower blue. Because I like the mountains better than the sea. Is what I experience what shapes me or shapes me as I am? If I can give meaning to my life, perhaps it is by initiating a dialogue about the things that move me and by bringing movement into the world. As I look for ways to connect political work and art, I’ve come to love documentary film. CONNECTING FUTURES is the connection that will bring me closer to answering questions about collective futures and the role of film in social change.
10.05.23 · Le grand départ · Der große Aufbruch · The Great Departure · велики одлазак
The big departure from the UNDERDOX office early in the morning, drizzly weather. Now we go by train to Budapest, then by mini-van to Beograd. We hope to arrive safely in the late afternoon. Thermos mugs and chips are ready to hand.
The night before we all met for the first time properly, see below!
11.05.23 · Young people united in Belgrade· Les jeunes unis à Belgrade · Млади људи уједињени у Београду
12.05.23 · What can happen in a day · Шта се може догодити за један дан
Hi, my name is Oleksandr, I’m from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Finished bachelor’s degree in film directing at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts. Continue at masters now. Artistic practice focuses on observational documentaries and machinimas. My films were screened at Oberhausen, FIDMarseille, Sarajevo Film Festival, BRNO16, and Molodist. I’m a founder and a program director of the niche short film festival in my hometown – Ivano-Frankivsk International Short Film Festival 4:3. It focuses on 4:3 aspect ratio. By the way, we have the ongoing open call for the 3rd edition! 🙂 My favorite film now is Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn. Love the way Jude loves Romania. Found it very close to my relationship with Ukraine. I’m an extremely extavertive person, and I really need to connect. Always. I’m happy to be a part of such diverse program and hope to make new contacts for possible collaborations in the future. Since I’m into documentary filmmaking, it is double interesting for me.
liana. i’m from ukraine, and i’m a villager. of course, i’m bad at computers and i often forget where i put my phone, thats why it is impossible to get in touch with me. i study psychology, but i’m more into film. i’m also fond of photography, and my most temporary interest is architecture.
it makes me sad to see how my country is being destroyed by chaotic buildings. people are disoriented – they wish to erase their own identity. they want to cover with dence boxes the origin of city. all the time when i drive by villages, i witness how people there want to transform the ukrainian village into a faceless settlement. glass ornaments, mosaics, ceramic tiles became something to be ashamed of. the same is in the cities. indeed, it is easier to like those austrian buildings of 19 century, than the ones from the soviet times or from villages. but even though it saves non of them.
so than such a paradox occurs: to destroy by building. this temporary interest is the saddest one among all that i’ve had. it’s even more sad from my childhood interest in astronomy, when i was crying from the fact that the sun would explode in 5 billion years.
My name is Lilith, I’m 22 years old and I’m currently studying Film Studies and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. I used to be firmly convinced that – when I grew up – I would become a detective and then experience exciting adventures all the time. At some point an adult explained to me that in real life it would be a boring job with a lot of waiting and not at all like in the movies. I think it was around that time that I decided that I would rather stick to films and become a filmmaker. Since then, I spend an equal amount of time in the cinema – writing and talking about film – and on the set.
Hi, my name Leo. I am 21 years old and study History, Political Science as well as Philosophy at LMU Munich. Way too many hours in the maelstrom of Munich‘s cinema’s; especially inside the Bermuda Triangle of Filmmuseum, Werkstattkino and the Lieblingskinos have cemented my love for cinema. This is also tangible in my history studies, as my focus lies on visual history, especially film as a historic source. Film Festivals have not only emptied the already tight pockets of a student but also created some of my most beloved memories. Meeting young people from around the globe united in one passion but differing in many other aspects is exhilarating each time anew. I am looking forward to be part of the project and many new exciting experiences!
Hi! My name is Jule, I’m 19 years old and come from Bamberg. In the meantime, however, I live in Hamburg and am currently doing a traineeship at the film production company “mypony”. I’m very happy there, because I really like the interaction between the organizational and the creative parts. In general, I’ve been passionate about film for a long time, I enjoy being a viewer and learning through film and getting a wider view on the world as well as trying myself out with small projects. I’m excited about every chance to dive deeper into the world of film and I’m very curious to see where the journey will go.
My name is Stella Kluge, I am 23 years old, was born and grew up in Munich. I have always had a fascination for stories. Not only for the content of the story itself, but also for the way it is told and what its images make the listeners feel. Movies have therefore always been a faithful companion for me through my turbulent adolescence. Here I sometimes have the feeling that you are not only watching and consuming a film yourself, but that the film can also give you the feeling of listening and understanding. Depending on which film you decide to watch and in which mood, it has a potential for identification that gives you a different perspective on your own story. Since I work in a movie theater and see on a daily basis how people are inspired, helped or even angered by the stories that are shown there, the magic that the art of some films has on people is undeniable to me. In the Connecting Futures project, I hope to continue to observe this magic, to be inspired by it, and perhaps to create it myself here and there.
Born and raised in Marseille, I did many exchanges between Marseille – Münster – Hamburg and Berlin throughout my high school years. Two years after my Abitur, I moved 2020 to Berlin to study Film Studies and Political Sciences at the FU. Today I am 22 and have completed more than half of my studies at the FU online. Now I’m at the end of my BA and feel the frustration of having experienced so little of the campus, the people, festivals and exchanges about films, politics, films and politics. The Connecting Futures program fits perfectly with my passions, my subjects of study and my urge to leave the online space and dive back into real conversations. How Europe has been thought of politically and culturally shapes my life choices. I see the danger of European closeness as a real threat. To be able to cross national borders so easily and share together about the multiple threats of our time through films gives me a great strength!