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Subcontracted Nations Films – Short Films “Part One”
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Subcontracted Nations Films – Short Films “Part One”
Musical Concert - Place: Theatre

Tickets: Free Entry


Maike Mia Höhne

Born in Hanover in 1971, Maike Mia Höne studied visual communication between 1994 and 1999 at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Havanna as well as the Escuela International de Cine y Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. After working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she completed her post-graduate studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg with a focus on film.
Since 2001, she has worked as a freelance writer, curator, producer, photographer and director in various contexts. Her films are distributed by Arsenal Experimental and KurzFilmAgentur. She has also been active for many years as a lecturer and moderator at film events. Maike Mia Höhne lives in Hamburg and Berlin.


1. Have You Ever Killed a Bear or Becoming Jamila
Directed By: Marwa Arsanios

Have You Ever Killed a Bear or Becoming Jamila is a video made after a performance and begins with an inquiry into Jamila Bouhired, the Algerian freedom fighter. The research focuses on the different representations of Jamila in the cinema and on her assimilation and promotion during the 1960s and 1970s in the Egyptian magazine Al-Hilal [the crescent], which used to be a major Arab cultural magazine. The performance attempts to look at the history of the Egyptian socialist projects, the Algerian anti-colonial wars, and the way they have promoted and marginalised feminist projects. Indeed, the clear gender division used to marginalise women from the public sphere was overcome for a short moment during the Algerian war of independence—Jamila becoming its icon. The project raises the issue of what it means to play the role of the freedom fighter. What does it mean to become an icon?

2. Hand Tinting, 1968
Directed By: Joyce Wieland

A study of poor black and white girls at a Job Corps centre, brought from rural areas to be ‘educated’ in typing. Here you see displaced creatures … swimming, sitting and mostly dancing, who express what’s happening to themselves through their bodies, their hands, their faces, in my film.

3. Afronauts
Directed By: Frances Bodomo

Inspired by true events, Afronauts tells an alternative history of the 1960s Space Race. A group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first. Afronauts follows the scientific zeitgeist from the perspective of those who do not have access to it.

4. Hopptornet (Ten-Meter Tower), 2016
Directed By: Axel Daniels – Maximilien Van Aertyck

A ten-meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking a step out against the humiliation of having to climb down. Hopptornet is an entertaining study of the human in a vulnerable position.

5. Symbolic Threats, 2015
Directed By: Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Mathias Wermke

Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over in the summer of 2014. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, Symbolic Threats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by the heated debate over the two ‘White American Flags’ that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?