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Film presentation and talk

Wednesday, 06. April 2022 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Save in my calendar

Film presentation and talk

How we laughed

a collective experience of a siege

In war, everything is radically turned upside down: The abnormal becomes normal, the normal abnormal - all of life, under existential threat, appears frighteningly surreal. Humor was one of the few means of survival people had left: you can take away their water, their electricity, basic rights like freedom of travel and movement. You took away their lives - but humor remained. Laughter in the face of danger was and is a survival strategy.

Maja Zećo and Ina Arnautalić are two Berlin-based artists who lived through the war inBosnia and Herzegovina (1992-95) and became refugees. Whenever they tell their friends in Germany funny war anecdotes from their childhood, there was a sense of unease - as if permission was needed to laugh along.

The work on the play 'How we laughed' gathered artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium and Germany, it was premiered in the program of the festival Radar Ost 2021. In 'How we laughed' the siege of war was brought to life, and the actors portrayed authentic situations and absurd anecdotes from everyday life at that time. The audience was right in the middle of it all and immersively experienced its very own confrontation with the subject of war. The setting for the production was the caretaker's house of an old cemetery. The entire house - cellar, hallway, kitchen, living room - became the stage. Sounds, smells and scenic images conveyed the intense impression of an exceptional situation.

The film production of the play of the same name, shot in the rooms of the caretaker's house, artistically approaches in its own way the processing of these experiences of war and siege. Based on an idea by Maja Zećo and Ina Arnautalić; directed by Sandin Puce and visual direction/cinematography by Yunus Roy Imer, a film version was created that is now premiering in Berlin.

Followed by a talk with

Maja Zećo, actress, author

Ina Arnautalić, costume designer, author

Adis Ahmetovic, Member of the Bundestag, SPD, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Moderation: Marion Kraske, journalist

Languages: Film German with English subtitles; Talk German and English with simultaneous translation.

Registration The registration is closed. You can follow the film online here in the livestream.

Admission free

Katja Giebel, East & Southeast Europe Division, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin


How we laughed - A collective experience of a siege

Based on an idea by Ina Arnautalić & Maja Zećo and motifs by Nejra Babić, Adnan Lugonić and Mirza Skenderagić.

Artistic direction: Ina Arnautalić, Maja Zećo | By and with: Vernesa Berbo, ToniGojanović, Jasmina Musić, Aleksandar Tesla, Mehmet Yılmaz, Maja Zećo and Mira Krese |Director: Sandin Puce | Mentor: Luk Perceval | Stage: Dragan Denda | Costumes: Ina Arnautalić| Props: Ludwig von der Osten | Sound design: Enes Zlatar Bure, Jan Longerich | Lighting:Robert Stiehler | Assistant Director: Vera Streicher | Assistant Stage Designer: Helena Kristin Palmer | Costume Design Assistant: Salina Jager | Graphic Design: Ajna Zlatar | Production: Miriam Glockler | Production Assistance: Judith Krese film version " director: Sandin Puce | camera: Yunus Roy Imer | camera assistant: Luca Calluso | Sound: Simon Peter | Editing, picture and sound editing: Enes Zlatar Bure

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, the TuWas Foundation for Public Spirit and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.
The project is part of DRAUSSENSTADT, funded by the Mobility Fund of the
Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the State of Berlin.

>>Participation on site
at the Conference Centre of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin.
Attendance at the event is only possible in compliance with the hygiene rules currently in force at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation.

>>proof of compliance with the 3G rule (vaccinated/recovered/tested)

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the event.

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Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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