Everything is set to start in Berlin. The local organisation team prepared a three-day event on the river Spree. It will feature nine activist stories from different parts of Europe and with different backgrounds as well as contexts. After travelling through Serbia, Portugal, Croatia and Spain, the caravan of Mov(i)e-Activism Film Festival arrives in Germany.
Berlin seemed as an obvious location to close the first edition of the festival. Its strong activist scene and its influence on initiatives in other countries made it perfect for the role. The team from Berlin wanted to make local activists think about ways of helping those with less experience, to - hopefully – get inspired by new stories, and – ideally – connect with those who share common goals. Therefore, some films present a general picture of issues related to the locations that hosted the festival so far. By doing so, the team wants to bring those issues closer together. In fact, the festival aims to create a network of activists that could help each other by sharing stories, experience and pieces of advice, or even motivate activists from different countries to start common projects.
Day one of the festival: students in action
The event is divided in three days according to the topics of the documentaries. So, for example, the first day is dedicated to students. Firstly, the student population of Coimbra along with its internal divisions will be examined through two different films that talk about ideologically opposed perspectives regarding society and organisation - All Aboard! and Praxis. Then, another movie brings the focus back to topics related to the university, both as an institution and as students' career. The feature film Plenumovie is the story of the blockade of the University Blockade in Rijeka - a part in the biggest student manifestation in Croatian history, and one of the biggest in the region.
Day two: individuals matter
The second day of Berlin Mov(i)e Activism brings the individual actions to the centre of the debate. What can an individual person do by itself to make a city a better place to leave in? What can an observer do for social movements? And what is the role of art? Three movies and three different topics to analyse. Fighter Against It, It Happened in the City and Tito on Ice are the documentary films in this second block.
Day three: together we are stronger
The third and last block of movies presents stories about collectives. There are different ways of organising into active groups. Sometimes it can seem natural, but other times it can be really hard. It is especially the case when there are extremely different views and interests involved. In the City talks about such difficulties while getting into a neighbourhood of social houses on the outskirts of Milan. And to conclude the topic about collectivism, the two anarchist movies, Food Anarchy and Project A. These bring examples of solidarity, ways of rethinking society, means of fighting the war and resisting oppression, but they also raise questions regarding the social injustices and the status quo the privileged classes are fighting to maintain.
Extras of the festival
Special guests of the festival will be Zlatko Topić and Helena Ahonen. Furthermore, the festival will start with a tour of the Spreefeld complex. Locals will lead guests through common spaces while explaining the project and the ideas behind it. This part of the event can is an incentive to establish a dialogue between members of this co-op housing project and activists visiting the event in order to exchange ideas and work on finding better alternatives to traditional housing solutions - a hot topic in Berlin in recent years.