18:30 - 20:30


Language: English

Screening: DETOURS by Ekaterina Selenkina


Detours (Obkhodniye puti) is a sprawling meditation on the choreography of bodies in Moscow’s urban landscape. The film depicts a new way of dealing illicit drugs via the Darknet, the layering of the physical and the virtual realities, as well as a poetics, and politics, of space. Taking place in sleepy neighbourhoods, among the concrete walls of highrises, behind garages and amidst abandoned railroads, Detours alternately follows and loses track of Denis, the treasureman who hides stashes of drugs all over the city. 

Ekaterina Selenkina (b. 1992, Russia) has been working as a filmmaker and curator with the type of cinema that challenges the dominant narratives and modes of production. One of her primary interests is community building and non-hierarchical knowledge sharing. Since the war started, Ekaterina turned to activist practices in direct response to the Russian military aggression and its imperial project. Together with a group of cultural workers and activists she started Beda, an independent online research journal and media with a decolonial focus on Russia's imperial past, present and its possible futures.

Selenkina‘s work received the Bright Future Award of the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam International Film Festival, Eurimages Lab Project Award at Les Arcs Film Festival, a special prize at Venice International Film Festival, best film award at Camden International Film Festival and at FILMADRID and best national film at New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. Her films have shown at Venice International Film Critics Week, Viennale, The Barbican Centre, FICUNAM, Jeonju IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, IndieLisboa, Garage Museum of Modern Art, Camerimage, Berlin Critics’ Week, REDCAT, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Image Forum, Beldocs, Marienbad IFF, UNDERDOX IFF, among many others. Ekaterina currently works as an editor for the decolonial online journal Beda, which studies and dismantles the Russian imperial project. Together with Zaina Bseiso, Luis Gutiérrez Arias and Joie Estrella Horwitz, she is a member of the film collective Bahía Colectiva, as well as a co-founder and a co-curator of Adrift Residency. She received her MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts and is based in Berlin.

This screening is part of a series of events (talks, workshops, and other screenings) that explore the potentiality of intervention as a form of participatory art regarding different publics and institutions. The proposition is to expand our understanding of various forms and practices that can be united under the umbrella term “intervention.” Hence, community work, urban practices, service work, and other socially oriented projects are to be understood as forms of potential new knowledge production and social engagement. By looking at the complexity of heightened social, political, and cultural frictions developed by the binary oppositions of the terms "center" and "periphery," this series of events allows us to critically review the processes that lead to the urgency of reviewing the space in-between these fundamental terms. The shift of focus toward the gradation and diversity of “peripheral sites” of knowledge production and engagement enables us to reconsider conventional roles of institutional work, authorship, and geopolitical relations. Such a strategy, in turn, allows for unique perspectives and diverse viewpoints to surface and provides the ground for an engagement with new and established forms of intervening in the social realms.

This series of events, organized by Luise Willer, Lena Pozdnyakova, João Gabriel Rizek, and Tobias Rosen, is linked to the Research Center “Intervening Arts,” a transdisciplinary network based at the Free University of Berlin  and funded by the German Research Foundation.

Screening of DETOURS by Ekaterina Selenkina and artist talk with Julia Boxler.

We are part of INDIEKINO CLUB, an association of ten Berlin art house cinemas. On the joint site INDIEKINOCLUB club members can stream selected arthouse and indie films online at their convenience. In addition, they receive discounted admission to all participating cinemas with their ClubCard. Club membership costs €60 per year and can be purchased online or at the cinema box offices.