Unsichtbares Kino 3 © ÖFM/Bruno Klomfar

Intercultural Film Education: Cooperation Project

In cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and VISION KINO supplying recommendations for action and training programs.

A close-cropped haired man wearing an orange-coloured cloth draped around his shoulders is shown on screen. In the foreground, slender strings of smoke are rising. As he intones a sustained "Om", the ascription seems to be clear: The man is a Buddhist monk. In the course of the experimental film OM by John Smith (GB 1986), this very first impression has to be questioned more and more. The supposed monk turns out to be a Skinhead. OM encourages questioning one’s own patterns of thinking and hasty judgements about others impressively.
German society, like many other societies, is pluralistic and diverse and has been shaped by immigration for decades. Therefore, the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, VISION KINO and the Austrian Film Museum have joined forces to give more thought to and promote the cultural diversity of our society in all our efforts to mediate film.

The impetus for this came from the symposium "Film, Flucht und Interkultur" (Film, Flight and Interculture), which was co-hosted by the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the DFF in Frankfurt in 2016. VISION KINO and the Austrian Film Museum joined the cooperation to reflect and act on the results of the symposium more intensively. A concept that contains theoretical principles, recommendations for action for people working in film mediation as well as concrete training programs has been developed. Starting from autumn 2019, trainings targeted at film education multipliers and authors of teaching materials in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna are offered. In a second step, training courses for teachers that are currently under development will take place. The Chair of Aesthetic Education at the University of Cologne provides scientific support in this process.

Each of the cooperation partners has been working in the field of film education for many years. Working together on the project means bunching valuable Know-How and professional networks in the German speaking language region. An important goal of this initiative is not only to promote an intercultural attitude outside of the cooperation partner's institutions, but also to initiate a self-critical reflection within them.

Cooperation Partners
Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
Austrian Film Museum
Stefan Huber
+43 1 533 70 54 Ext 13