Just in time for the inauguration of the new emergency shelter for 150 refugees in the Jahnhalle in Witten super filme delves into the shallows of exotism. We show you: The ‘others’ showing the ‘others.’ We have excavated three positions from Iran, China and Mexico, playing in their own way with the specific problems of representation and alienation by problematizing their own perspective. Each film was accompanied by specifically regional food from Iran, China and Mexico.
We propose: The World (2004) by Jia Zhangke. Rather than striving for the world to show us the strange Zhangke depicts how Beijing has appropriated the ‘other’ through a statebuilt theme park.
Scream of the Ants (2006) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Between Marxist paternalism and spiritual obscurantism an Iranian couple tours India. Quickly the antagonism of claiming the ‘other’ takes center stage.
Silent Light (2007) by Carlos Reygades. A Plautdietsch Mennonite sect in northern Mexico is caught in the confines of their own religious conventions. Formal and substantive slowness struggle for a different kind of approximation towards the ‘other.’