Accompanied by debates on essential values and a growing longing for spirituality, religious conflict - in particular Christian-Islamic - is the issue currently dominating public discourse worldwide. Similar phenomena can be observed in the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe, where disappointed consumerist expectations and the failure to install the promised civil-society structures have led to an increasing preoccupation with values and religious identity. With guest speakers from Germany, Poland, Russia and Georgia, the 2007 goEast Symposium seeks to explore the ways in which the revived significance of religion is reflected in the film cultures of Central and Eastern Europe.
Diverse connections between religion and cinema can also be discovered in the historical perspective: Eisenstein’s filmic secularization; the quest for forms of spirituality in film, inspired above all by Tarkovsky; religious themes smuggled past the censors in Central and Eastern European films from the 1960s onward; and not least, Tengis Abuladze’s analysis, from as early as 1967, of the Christian-Muslim conflict in the Caucasus.
While the cultural diversity of Eastern Europe is fuelled by the coexistence of the Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Islamic religions, religious pluralism also harbours the potential for conflict, most recently illustrated by the wars in former Yugoslavia and in Chechnya. This is the background against which the Symposium aims to address both the political instrumentalization of religious conflicts as well as experience with functioning coexistence. This dialogue between theology and film studies will focus on the inter-religious conflict of images in the cinema.
Lectures will be delivered in Russian, English or German, with simultaneous translation into the other two languages in each case.
HANS-JOACHIM SCHLEGEL, head of symposium
BERND BUDER, moderator
NIKOLAJ A. CHRENOV
HANS WERNER DANNOWSKI
FILM PROGRAMME (Selection)
BEIN LUG / Bezhin Meadow
ARCHANDEL GABRIEL A PANÍ HUSA / Archangel Gabriel and Mrs. Goose
ANDREJ RUBLJOV / Andrey Rublyov
VEDREBA (MOLBA) / The Entreaty
OMSA / The Mass
ODCHADZÁ CLOVEK / A Man Leaves Us
IKONOSTAST / The Icon Stand
ADGILIS DEDA / Mother of the Earth
ERTVA VECERNJAJA / The Evening Sacrifice
JANCIO WODNIK / Johnnie Waterman
KAMEN' / The Gravestone
VOSTOCNAJA ELEGIA / Eastern Elegy
HLJAB NAD OGRADATA / Bread Over the Fence
VOZVRAŠCENIE / The Return
OSTROV / The Island
POLUDNIE-PÓLNOC / South-North
PEREKRESTOK / The Crossing
The Films are presented at the goEast festival cinemas.
Subject to change.
Please apply until 12. März 2007. Accreditation allows reduced entry to the film programme.