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Being-In-Common (working title)

Essay-Film, D 2018/19, 60-90 min. | Script & Dir.: Sabrina Dittus | Status: in development
Camera: Vita Spiess et al | Editor: Christopher Kaps | Production: Pepperlint Film


SYNOPSIS

„All our divisions cannot undo the fact that we are in common, all of us.“

 

This claim is made by the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy in his text on „The Confronted Community“ (orig. 2001). What he aims for is radical: a new thinking of community by which community is not understood as being based on having something in common – a religion, a nationality, etc. – but on being in common.

 

In this understanding community does not appear to strive for completion, homogeneity or totality but on the contrary: Community, Nancy insists, is necessarily open and uncompleted. It is not a state, but a happening. A question, a task, a challenge.

 

Following up Nancys thinking of being-in-common – and in conversation with him – our film sets out to search for and explore various forms and (maybe) a new meaning of communality, of community: open, heterogeneous, always in motion. In the city and on the countryside, in everyday practices, in community-based projects, in the arts.

 

The film takes the form of an essay as this genre has a lot in common with the understanding of community we are looking for: posing a question more than an aswer, exploring, projecting itself onto an unknown future, in a open form.


PREISE / AWARDS

Bremer Dokumentarfilm Förderpreis / Documentary Award Bremen 2016

Jury Begründung / Explanatory Statement by the Jury (only in German):

"Gemeinsam haben wir Menschen vieles, und doch scheint Gemeinsamkeit und Gemeinschaft so schwer zu realisieren zu sein, wie zu denken. Zumal viele mit guten Gründen auf den Grenzen der Gemeinschaft bestehen. Den Abgründen, den Chancen und Risiken von Gemeinschaft denkt Jean-Luc Nancy seit Jahrzehnten nach. Sie sind offenbar auch ein Lebensthema von Sabrina Dittus, die sich seit über zehn Jahren mit Nancy beschäftigt.
Der Film-Essay ist eine verführerische, zugleich eine schwierige und ziemlich aus der Mode gekommene Form. Erst recht abseits aller Dokumentarfilmmoden ist die Absicht, einen Philosophen zu portraitieren, und für dessen Ideen eine filmische Form zu finden. Dieses mutige und seltene Projekt, das sich gegen den herrschenden Strom stellt, verdient Unterstützung."

 

News


Nov. 12-16, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza On Stage” runs at Entwicklungspolitischer Filmherbst 2018 Baden-Württemberg (Nov. 12 in Weil der Stadt, Nov. 13 in Stetten, Nov. 14 in Weinstadt-Beutelsbach, Nov. 15 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Nov. 16 in Schwetzingen), start 7.30/8pm, with Q&A after the screenings.


Oct. 30th, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza on Stage” runs at naxos-Kino Frankfurt/M., start 7.30pm, afterwards Q&A.


Aug. 23rd, 2018: “We Are Here: Young Gaza on Stage” runs at globaLE in Leipzig, Open-Air, Clara-Zetkin Park, 8pm, afterwards Q&A.


Nov. 30th, 2017: „Milliarden für den Stillstand“ (“Aid But No State”) screens at KiezKulturwerkstadt, Berlin-Charlottenburg, start 8 pm, afterwards Q&A.


Oct. 23rd.: “We Are Here. Young Gaza on Stage” screens at the Boston Palestine Film Festival .


Oct. 13th: “Wir sind hier. Vorhang auf für Gaza” (orig. “We Are Here. Young Gaza on Stage”) screens at the Arab Filmfestival in Tübingen, start 6pm, Q&A after the screening.


Oct. 10th-12th.: “Milliarden für den Stillstand” (“Aid But No State”) screens at “Entwicklungspolitischer Filmherbst 2017 Baden-Württemberg” – on Oct 10th in Weinstadt (Kommunales Kino), Oct. 11th in Bad Waldsee (seenema Stadtkino), Oct. 12th in Tübingen (Club Voltaire), start 7.30/8 pm, with Q&A after the screenings.


Sept. 26th: Screening of “Milliarden für den Stillstand” (“Aid But No State”) in naxos-Kino, Frankfurt/M., start 7.30pm , afterwards Q&A.


August 23rd: “Milliarden für den Stillstand” (“Aid But No State”) runs at globaLE in Leipzig, Open-Air, Richard-Wagner-Hain, afterwards Q&A.


July/August: “We Are Here: Young Gaza On Stage” runs at International Fünf Seen Filmfestival: on July 30th at 7pm in Gauting, on July 31st at 7pm and on August 1st at 6pm in Starnberg at Schlossberghalle, afterwards Q&A.