In line with the Sunday cinema at B-Lage and the festival “Offenes Neukölln” DiEM25 invites you to our seventh DiEM25 docu night. With the movie we want to give an insight into the life in Syria before the war. With that we can get a different view on our lives and the lives of our Syrian friends. Following the movie, we want to discuss: What should politics on European and local level do for a better living together?
According to her own words, War Zone is a direct response of a filmmaker and producer Maggie Hadleigh-West to the experiences of being involuntarily exposed, judged and assaulted that women are forced to go through on a everyday level. She did this by bringing those not hesitating to exercise their power on any occasion to publicly talk about it while she and her associates have been filming these spontaneous encounters.
In this personal and intimate documentary resulting from hundred of interviews that Hadleigh-West conducted with men and women across the United States, she managed to show how their different views on meaning of sex and gender are being a source of what she called war zone.
Some of her respondents were obviously annoyed, often reacting in arrogant if not a violent manner, while on the other occasions they’ve been simply revealing their own fears and insecurities in a funny and emotional way. This is the confirmation of Maggie’s talent to prove her point in her own and distinctive way, characterizing her other movies as well. One of the commentators of her work described it as a street credibility that she poses.
During this evening we would like to address the relationship between private and public space, love and politics and the problem of sexualized violence as a symptom of the structural mechanisms of power and hierarchies rooted in our contemporary societies. We would also like to discussion about the alternative politics to these practices that are unfortunately still present in our everyday surrounding.
In order to keep doing our work we will also ask for a small donation (~3 €) to finance the costs we have.
On 25th and 26th of May DiEM25 members from all over Europe came together in Berlin to exchange their work and ideas on democratising the EU. People from countries like Finland, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland, Norway, France, Italy, Austria and Germany discussed how to build a solidly united system in Europe that offers equal rights and opportunities for everybody living on the continent.
The Democracy in DiEM25 (DiD) group shared their ideas on Distributed Network Collectives and Grassroots Democracy. We think internal democracy is crucial and communication and transparency are the key elements. DiEM25’s European Gender group pointed out that gender equality and diversity are everyday practices and should be embraced to foster our democratic discourse in including and representing as much perspectives as possible.
The DiEM25 Spontaneous Collective (DSC) Berlin provided an input on the topic of Multiparty Politics. The debate will go on: Should we found the first exclusively pan European Party? This question is crucial when thinking about strategies to put our agenda to the ballot boxes at the European elections of 2019! Of course endorsing candidates or parties in the elections are the other possibilities, as we recently did in the French and English elections. It’s clear for us that we will put an end to the politics of “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) and challenge the national phlegmatism of Lexiteers. We therefore say “TATIANA” (That Astonishingly There Is AN Alternative!) to Angela Merkel, Wolfgang Schäuble, Jean-Claude Juncker and everybody else: The European New Deal!
The DSC Belgrade later asked: How to deal with the European New Deal? And presented answers like “With the European New Deal paper we are able to embrace the robot army appearing on the horizon and let them work for us.” We are going to put forth green investments and finally regulate the banking sector. We are going to provide a job guarantee, basic goods and social housing for everybody.
In other workshops we pointed out that art should question the morality of the public and shift the thinking of people. Art as a fundamental form of societal and political expression will be at the heart of DiEM25 (DiEM25 Voice). Furthermore we learned about the peculiarities of the French elections from DSC Lyon and the history of the disintegration of Yugoslavia through an economic crisis from DSCs Ljubljana and Belgrade.
We also exchanged our ideas for a European Constitution after an input from DSC Asturias and elaborated on: “Let’s democratise Innovation and Production!” With a political framework for the encouragement of free and open source products that will empower us to become smart citizens instead of being controlled by overbearing smart cities. During the last panel we concluded that it’s about time to form a truly democratic European demos and put our ideas into practice.
We closed these incredible two days and twelve hours of workshops with a dinner at a Croatian Restaurant in Berlin. We thank all participants for the sparkling atmosphere, splendid talks and valuable inputs. We will very eagerly work on our policies and ideas, together with our new friends from all over Europe.
Some more impressions about the whole event are provided in this Video:
April 16, 2017 / Diem25 Berlin / Comments Off on DiEM25 documentary night is showing „Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984-1992” and celebrating one year of DiEM25 in Berlin!
„I think that the women’s movement in Berlin is ‘stark’ and it has a lot of life and vitality. It makes my heart sing to see what is possible“, that is what the poet and activist Audre Lorde once said. Her influence on the Afro-American, Feminist and Queer Movements is still lively. The movie shows her life and actions here in Berlin. Her comments about the social and political change in Berlin, her support for the Afro-German community, and her call to the white population of Germany to reflect upon and be aware of their own privilege. By means of video and audio recordings from Dagmar Schultz as well as the commentaries of numerous allies, students and friends, a memorable picture of the personal Audre Lorde is created, that enlarges the view on the political scene of Berlin impressively and necessarily.
Following the movie screening we want to discuss, what has changed and what has not changed after Audre Lorde’s activities in Berlin. We will also ask for a small donation (~3 €) to finance the costs we have.
We also invite you, to celebrate the one year anniversary of DiEM25 Berlin with us on the same evening. At around 10 pm we want to dance, talk and have fun with some Funk and beer.
We would like to invite you to the next meeting of our diversity task
force. In this task force, we deal with questions of gender politics and all the aspects of diversity in society. We want to make our movement as colourful and diverse as our society!
When? Sunday, 26th of March at 18:00-20:00
Where? At Roberta’s place
If you would like to join us, please send us an E-Mail so we can send you
the exact address.
The agenda for this meeting:
1. Introduction round
2. Recap Berlin presentation meeting
3. Report Events and Activities (Hands off Revolution/Alanna)
4. Planning TU event(s)
5. Diversity in DiEM green papers
6. Report German Gender Group (Jakob)