My Name is not Ali (Jannat 'Ali)

Vorstellung am 29.09.2020


Deutschland 2011
Sprachen(OF): arabisch, deutsch
Regie: Viola Shafik
Drehbuch: Viola Shafik
Darsteller: El Hedi ben Salem, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Thea Eymèsz
98 min

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ORIENTierungsplan Episode #2
“My Name is Not Ali: Misrepresentation in the Media”
Screening and Talk with Maissa Lihedheb


Join Tunisian-German filmmaker Maissa Lihedheb for a screening of “My Name is Not Ali”, Viola Shafik’s feature documentary exploring the story of El-Hedi Ben Salem and his collaborative experiences with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In the post-screening discussion, Maissa will explore the question of how Ben Salem’s experiences as a North African man in Europe present a signpost for the ongoing pertinence of racism and fetishization facing North-African/Arab immigrants in Europe today – particularly within the context of Germany.
Filmdirector Viola Shafik will be present for the discussion and Q&A.


His anti-racist film Ali, Fear Eats Soul (1973) gained German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder international acclaim. The protagonist, an Arab foreign worker, was played by Moroccan El Hedi Ben Salem M'barek Mohammed Mustafa, Fassbinder's lover at that time.
While the film itself courageously deals with the racism of post-war German society, its makers reproduced the insensibility and invention of the Other, fantasizing their own 'Salem'.
Collage-like, through interviews and archive material, My Name Is Not Ali uncovers the invention of El Hedi Ben Salem by the Fassbinder troupe, an image not revised by most of its members till today.

ORIENTation Plan is a series of discussions that decentre Euro-American productions of knowledge as the norm of focus, instead opting to spotlight voices from a region regularly finding itself at the periphery of conversation: West Asia and North Africa (or MENA). Curated and chaired by Erkan Affan, ORIENTation Plan is a monthly discussion in which activists, artists and researchers living in Berlin will be invited to speak on a field in which they organize, create and work; subverting Western discursive supremacy and instead focusing on alternative productions, analyses and pedagogies of #KNOWLEDGE.
The population of countries and societies belonging to the predominant Western world and culture has been summarized under the acronym WEIRD - "Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic" — however, the members of these WEIRD societies are among the least representative populations in the world in terms of numbers. With its exploration called #KNOWLEDGES, the COLLECTIVE PRACTICES program puts its focus on practices that question and turn WEIRD paradigms upside down, break up and recombine them, bring together different cultural approaches to knowledge generation, and address questions such as (among others) how to critically question established hegemonic Western methods (primarily visual and discursively defined) and processes of knowledge production.

Erkan Affan is a queer curator and writer born in London, currently based in Berlin. With an academic background in “Middle Eastern” studies [BA, SOAS] and migration studies [MSc, UCL], Erkan’s research has focused most notably on the intersections of sexuality, gender, migration and diasporic identity. Since moving to Berlin in 2019, Erkan completed a curatorial residency funded by the European Commission and co-founded Berlin-based collective Queer Arab Barty – curating social and political spaces in Berlin for LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals. Through their independent practice, Erkan has collaborated with a number of venues and organisations including the ICA in London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Die Kunste Werke in Berlin, and the IQMF in Amsterdam. Along with two others, Erkan will be guest curating for a season at the city landmark Baerenzwinger Berlin (located in Mitte) from Autumn 2020 until Spring 2021.

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