Who is Europe? – Life, Death and the Borderzone

With the discourse around Europe and the EU so often polarising and reductive, we respond in this strand by searching for cinematic representations that reach for a more plural understanding of being and belonging on the continent.

Ian McDonald’s Who Is Europe? epitomises this endeavour – in split screen, and across six chapters, the film probes the contrasts and dissonances at play which shape the ideas of different people and cultures on what it means to exist in contemporary Europe.

Lovemobil, takes us to rural Germany, tracing stories of migration and aspiration amongst a group of women sex workers operating at the outer edges of the capitalist system; whilst Ai Weiwei’s The Rest is a moving and incisive sister film to his 2017 feature Human Flow, this time focused more tightly on the violence and absurdity that plays out at Europe’s increasingly militarised borders.

And we celebrate the beauty and creativity flourishing on the outskirts of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities – Lisbon Beat is Vasco Viana and Rita Maia’s effervescent portrait of the city’s long-thriving Afro-Portuguese music scene. Join us for the screening and a late night after party with sets from Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza!

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DOCUMENT & STEREO present: DJ Firmeza (Principe Discos) / Rita Maia / Sarra Wild | Lisbon Beat After Party

RRRRRR! Dress to sweat and dance ‘till you drop with DJ sets from Lisbon Beat co-director and DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza.

Rita Maia’s sets trace a path through a vibrant range of dance musics from across the world, with a focus on the influences of African sounds and Afro-Futurism; whilst Firmeza’s sound has hit new heights with the release of his new EP, Ardeu, which finds the artist delivering improvised “animação” vocals over his own hypnotic takes on kuduro and batida, as well as more abstracted explorations into percussive techno – or as Boomkat Records put it, “producing a form of mutant, minimalist techno, that counts as some of the most irresistible dance music on the planet right now.”

Sarra Wild is a DJ, promotor, and co-founder of the Glaswegian night club and collective, OH141. Her sets are always unapologetic, exciting and bold – reflecting an artist whose mission is to create and facilitate spaces where women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community can have fun and feel safe and accepted.

Stereo, Glasgow – Doors 11pm,
£8(£5 concessions)

Please note, Stereo’s club space is accessible by stairs only. Please contact us if you need any advice before booking.

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Event: Club Night

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 11.00pm

Location: Stereo Cafe Bar

Lisbon Beat

Lisbon Beat is an exuberant documentary portrait of a city and its musicians, highlighting the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene thriving on the outskirts of Lisbon. Cinematographer Vasco Viana and Lisbon-born, London-based DJ Rita Maia depict a vibrant community of musicians and producers from diverse backgrounds each establishing their relationship to this complex city.

Followed by a Q&A with Director and DJ Rita Maia and Glasgow-based DJ and promotor Sarra Wild.

Presented in collaboration with The Unity Centre and Arika.

Lisbon Beat After Party @ Stereo
Saturday 26 October, doors 11pm
£8(5) on the door

RRRRRR! Dress to sweat and dance ‘till you drop with DJ sets from Lisbon Beat co-director and DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza.

Full details: Lisbon Beat After Party @ Stereo

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Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Rita Maia, Vasco Viana

Year: 2019

Country: Portugal

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 3.00pm

Running Time: 75m

Location: CCA Theatre

Lovemobil

When night falls in rural Germany, old VW caravans decorated with flashy lights line the highway roads which lead through potato fields and dark forests. Inside these buses, sex workers await their clients who are passing by. Lovemobil spends time with these women who often come from far away. A film about a microcosm that describes a society at the outer edge of globalized capitalism.

Please note this screening was originally advertised as being followed by a discussion on sex workers’ rights and migration; however this is no longer going ahead and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Supported by Goethe-Institute.

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Event: Film

Director: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss

Year: 2019

Country: Germany

Date: Saturday 26 October

Time: 12.15pm

Running Time: 105m

Location: CCA Theatre

The Rest

Ai Weiwei’s newest is a film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams. Instead, they now live in limbo within a disintegrating humanitarian aid system, no longer the center of media attention, yet unable to move forward with their lives. The Rest is not only an accumulation of refugees’ stories but also a mirror of the European political zeitgeist, demonstrating how pan-European values of liberalism and democracy have largely failed in practice and betrayed those most in need of help.

Supported by Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

This screening will be preceded by a screening of short films made following our DOCMA workshop on Wednesday 23/10. For more details, see the event page.

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Event: Film

Director: Ai Weiwei

Year: 2018

Country: China, Germany

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 12.45pm

Running Time: 78m

Location: CCA Theatre

Who is Europe?

Who Is Europe? is a documentary in three acts, commissioned by CoHERE. Shot in Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Serbia and the UK the film questions what Europe is, who ‘belongs’, and what the significance of the past is for contemporary social and political realities. It uses a split-screen technique to explore contrasts and dissonances through a poetics of juxtaposition that highlights the tensions between and contests over the different cultures, experiences and understandings of Europe today.

Followed by an in-conversation event touching on European identity, media representation of migration, and the border zone with filmmaker Ian McDonald, Teresa Piacentini (University of Glasgow), researcher, teacher and activist and Pinar Aksu, human rights activist and Development Officer at Maryhill Integration Network.

This screening will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and the post-film discussion will be BSL interpreted.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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Event: Film

Director: Ian McDonald

Year: 2018

Country: UK

Date: Sunday 27 October

Time: 5.30pm

Running Time: 58m

Location: CCA Theatre