Who's Got the Power?

2023 Film series and discussion about strong asymmetrical power relations and dependencies.

We are carrying on with our film and discussion series “Who’s got the Power?”, jointly organized by the BCDSS and Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn. From August, we will be putting on three more screenings and discussions for the year, one of which – Tori et Lokita (2022) by the Dardenne brothers – is run in cooperation with the Uni Bonn Media Studies Department.

The aim is to make the concept of strong asymmetrical dependency tangible for a wider audience through the screening and discussion of films that depict a variety of scenarios of human oppression. The audience is invited to discuss impressions and thoughts with members of the cluster, and where possible, with filmmakers.

Anybody interested in the themes is welcome to stay for the discussions. 

Unless otherwise stated, the screenings and discussions take place on Thursday evenings:
Venue: Kino in der Brotfabrik, Kreuzstraße 16, 53225 Bonn

Please check the individual films for timings!
For more information & registration contact: Cécile Jeblawei

Workingman’s Death (2005) by Michael Glawogger

August 3rd, 2023

The documentary addresses contemporary precarious labor across the globe, focusing on heavy manual labor in Ukraine (illegal coal mining in Donbass), Indonesia (mining sulphur from a volcano crater), Nigeria (working at the open-air slaughterhouse), Pakistan (dismantling an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal), and China (extreme working conditions in the steel industry).

  •  Discussion in English
  • Cluster input by Ayesha Hussain (PhD researcher), more input welcome!
  • Cinema ticket fees apply
  • Free post-screening drinks reception

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Tori und Lokita (2022) by Dardenne Brothers

September 28th, 2023 

18:30 screening / 20:00 discussion and reception (in Studio 5)
Kino in der Brotfabrik, Kreuzstraße 16, 53225 Bonn

The movie depicts multiple forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies connected to migration from Africa to Europe. Two young refugees from Benin form a makeshift safety net for one another in the absence of blood relatives while they are facing marginalization, coerced labor, child labor, sexual exploitation, criminilization and further forms of oppression in Belgium.

  • Cooperation with Uni Bonn Media Studies Department and Förderverein Filmkultur, Bonn
  • Discussion in German (with translation to English)
  • BCDSS input by Claudia Jarzebowski and Boluwatife Akinro; further input by Britta Hartmann and Lucas Curstädt, Uni Bonn Media Studies Department
  • Free entrance to screening and discussion
  • Join us for our post-screening drinks reception!
  • Register by 27 September,  5pm: pr@dependency@uni-bonn.de
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Paris Is Burning (USA 1990) by Jennie Livingston

November 23rd, 2023
20:00 film screening / 21:30 conversation and get-together

Documenting the queer “Ballroom Culture” in New York City in the 1980s, the movie explores Latinx and Black queer and transgender communities who struggle with multiple discrimination regarding their race, class, gender, sexual identity.

  • Conversation mainly in English, German contributions welcome!
  • Thematic focus on the cluster’s Research Area E: Gender (and Intersectionality)
  • Introduction by BCDSS ProfessorJulia Hillner
  • Conversation led by BCDSS Professor Pia Wiegmink, the Queer-Referat (AStA Uni Bonn), and Förderverein Filmkultur
  • Cinema ticket fees apply

Please stay for our free drinks reception! 

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