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9., 10., 12. und 13. Juni 2022, jeweils 18 Uhr - Hannover, Kino im Künstlerhaus:

Silence Breakers

Regisseurin: Silvina Landsmann
(Israel/Frankreich/Deutschland 2021, 88 Minuten, Hebräisch-Englisch-Arabisches Original mit deutschen Untertiteln)

Die NGO „Breaking the Silence” – kurz BtS – besteht aus ehemaligen israelischen Soldaten und Soldatinnen, die durch das Sammeln persönlicher Erinnerungsberichte auf den militärischen Alltag und den Umgang mit der Bevölkerung in den besetzten Gebieten aufmerksam machen wollen...
Was macht einen guten Soldaten aus?
Die Fähigkeit, ohne Skrupel Befehle auszuführen, oder die Berücksichtigung von höheren moralischen Zielen im Umgang mit dem Feind?
Letzteres war vielen Mitgliedern von BtS (Breaking the Silence, H.N.) erst nach ihrer aktiven Militärzeit möglich. In ihrer Arbeit setzen sie sich mit Einsätzen und Handlungen auseinander, die ihnen heute falsch vorkommen. Mit Videos, Vorträgen und Stadtführungen wenden sie sich an die israelische Bevölkerung und an ausländische Medien. ... auf politischer Ebene wird die Organisation scharf kritisiert. Ihr wird vorgeworfen, Geschichten zu erfinden, dem Ruf Israels zu schaden und dem Antisemitismus in die Hände zu spielen. Mit filmisch nüchternen Bildern beobachtet Landsmann, wie die Gruppe äußerlich und innerlich um ihre Stimme kämpft. (Dok.Leipzig)
[ Kino im Künstlerhaus ]

22. Mai 2022 - Film-Premiere:

The Time of Slanderers

A Critical Intervention

A documentary by Dror Dayan and Susann Witt-Stahl, Germany 2021

With Moshe Zuckermann, Rolf Becker, Jackie Walker, Ali Abunimah, Moshé Machover, Judith Bernstein, Esther Bejarano et al.

»The rightward drift of the Western world manifests itself in bizarre ways. Left-wingers are vilified as ›Nazis‹, Jewish anti-fascists as ›traitors‹«, the appeal of the organisers of a conference titled »In the Time of the Slanderers« stated – in reference to a poem by the Austrian writer Erich Fried: On 10 February 2018, German, Israeli, British, and US academics, publicists, artists, and political activists met in Berlin and analysed in the presence of about 250 visitors the ideological instrumentalisation of Jews, Judaism and the Jewish catastrophe for the purpose of legitimising right-wing power politics, anti-communism, historical revisionism and (anti-Muslim) racism. The conference was hosted by the Projekt Kritische Aufklärung (Project Critical Enlightenment) – an association committed to the critique of ideology that was launched by German and Israeli Marxists in the summer of 2017.

Already in the early 1980s, Erich Fried had denounced the stigmatisation of Jewish leftists as »red antisemites« by »spokesmen of the West«. What began at that time with angry polemics has today grown into an entire complex of smear campaigns and sanctions – including against Holocaust survivors and their descendants – initiated by the established parties and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), by neoconservative »anti-Germans«, by »anti-nationals« and Christian fundamentalists, and propagated by the established media.

The majority of the German left are at best silent on these alarming developments, thus committing a betrayal that amounts to a capitulation to German great power aspirations, NATO’s bellicose regime change policy and murderous aggression against refugees and other migrants. What is more, it aids the promotion of irrational explanatory models of the world that postulate a »clash of civilisations« and antisemitism as well as Islamophobia. »Not least«, argues the Projekt Kritische Aufklärung, »the inflationary use of antisemitism accusations and the hollowing-out and reification of the categorical imperative ›Never again!‹ that accompany this are unmistakable signs of the liquidation of the left’s fundamental opposition and the gains of historical materialism.«

The film presents highlights and central theses of the conference. This is supplemented by interviews, extensive research material, photos and videos, including previously unpublished footage of a reading by Erich Fried from 1988. The film is dedicated to the musician and Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano, who contributed a greeting message and passed away on 10 July 2021 at the age of 96.

102 minutes, German/English with subtitles

Dror Dayan, born in Jerusalem in 1981, is filmmaker, film scholar and activist. He teaches documentary film and media production at the John Moores University in Liverpool, has directed two documentaries and several short films and is involved in Palestine solidarity campaigns and the anti-capitalist climate movement.

Susann Witt-Stahl works as a journalist, author and cultural editor in Hamburg and Berlin. She has reported from the Middle East and other crisis areas for daily newspapers and magazines. Her main areas of work are: ideological critique of neoliberalism, the rightward drift of western societies, the culture industry and regressive tendencies within the left. She has published various books and essays on these subjects.


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The film will be available from 00:00 - 23:59 Central European Time (24 hours)