2020, Fri, Jul 31

Der Tag des Spatzen | Kama Tohalleq al Teyour / As Birds Flying

D: Philip Scheffner, Germany 2010, 100 min, German, English and Dutch OV with German subtitles | D: Heba Y. Amin, Egypt 2016, 7 min, OV with English subtitles

Der Tag des Spatzen, film still | Source: Arsenal

Der Tag des Spatzen, film still | Source: Arsenal

Der Tag des Spatzen

D: Philip Scheffner, Germany 2010, 100 min, German, English and Dutch OV with German subtitles

Der Tag des Spatzen (Day of the Sparrow) is a political nature film about a country where the line between war and peace has become blurred. Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, November 14th, 2005: a sparrow is shot and killed after knocking down 23,000 dominos. A German soldier dies in Kabul as a consequence of a suicide bombing. These two adjacent headlines lead Philip Scheffner to set out looking for war using the methods of ornithology. In Germany rather than Afghanistan. For it is here that the question arises: is it wartime or peacetime?

As Birds Flying, film still | Source: Arsenal

As Birds Flying, film still | Source: Arsenal

Kama Tohalleq Al Teyour / As Birds Flying

D: Heba Y. Amin, Egypt 2016, 7 min, OV with English subtitles

In late 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork suspected of espionage due to an electronic device attached to its leg. The film addresses conspiracies embedded in the political landscape that shape the present. It confronts the absurdity of the media narrative that has blurred fantasy with realty and turned a bird migrating from Israel to Egypt into a symbol of state paranoia.