16.06.2014 at 7 p.m.
* Pictures on Pink Paper
Director: Liz Rhodes. UK, 1982, 35 mins
In this closely textured work, pictures and meanings are experimented with, brought richly together or pared down to abstraction in order to challenge and re-create. She shows us how the apparent inevitability of ‘the natural’ and immutability of ‘the normal’ are held neatly in place by those to whom such an order is of advantage. Pictures On Pink Paper is women talking, thinking aloud and questioning this order; a critique of past experiences and ways of thinking, interwoven with images and sounds from places remembered. There are numerous threads and layers of possibilities and contradictions, as the film moves between what is heard and what might be spoken was known and is now seen.’…Fantasy and experience rush together – contained between the hedges of … history’ Gates…. of domesticity and sexual control’ Contained by common sense – policed by the fingers of violence – wrapped in newspaper and put, privately, into the dustbin – ‘unconsciously’ thus fantasy is placed…. unknowable because it is unheard…’ (Lis Rhodes)
* Who Takes the Rap – Immigration
Director: Lai Ngan Walsh. UK, 1986, 38 mins
WHO TAKES THE RAP – IMMIGRATION covers the history of immigration law in Britain from 1903 to the present day. The tape describes how different groups of immigrants arrived for work in the UK, only to find increasingly restrictive laws which kept them in low-paid, unskilled work and identified them as ‘undesirable’. Footage of the Garners’ Steak House strike and the Grunwick strike is included to show how these workers fought back against racism. Specific laws are examined and the tape includes interviews with a number of immigrant women. The voices of two women ‘rappers’ provide the commentary throughout, and the story of one woman’s experience in trying to bring her son into Britain runs intermittently through the tape, reinforcing its theme.
There will be pizza and soli-cocktails for Yakiri
All of the films are in English. An intoduction in German will be provided. Discussion can be in German or English.