From December 5th to 8th Wisma Jerman organized a week characterized by the topic film and some of its manifold facets. The event which was held for the first time aimed at looking at the medium film in a critical and comprehensive manner. Moreover, by taking on the theme “Strength in Unity” the Wisma Jerman film week set out to promote the values of togetherness and cooperation through media and art.
The sequence of events began on the 5th of December 2019 with the opening ceremony followed by a screening of the short movie “Perjumpaan” and a subsequent discussion with some of the artists behind it. The movie is a local production that picks out the struggle for Indonesian independence as its central theme and sets it in context with recent developments in the Indonesian society. The first day of Film im Fokus 2019 was concluded with a classical concert by the Cineclassic Trio. The trio which consists of one Indonesian and two Italian musicians, played a choice of musical themes from well-known blockbuster movies that awakened a warm feeling of nostalgia in everyone present.
The following days, December 6th & 7th, Wisma Jerman collaborated with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a host of the Global Migration Film Festival 2019 that had been integrated into Wisma Jerman’s film week. The two days were filled with a selection of feature length and short movies from different countries, all revolving around migration and its impacts on migrants and host communities. Additionally a small photo exhibition showcased pictures of migrants and their everyday life in Indonesia. The first day also included a discussion session with representatives of IOM, including a representative of Surabaya’s migrant community and the photographer behind the exhibition. The discussion among others raised issues that many migrants face like alienation, lack of integration and activities, uncertainty, confusion, prejudices, depression and more.
The last day invited film lovers to a casual conversation with local film community INFIS about the technical aspects of film making behind the screen. Two speakers were present to talk about artistic direction in film making. During the casual exchange the participants could interact directly with the speakers and ask questions without any distance between speakers and audience.