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Welcher Film könnte mit einer Widmung, quasi Bekundung so enden:

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Warum ist der Film nicht den Israelis gewidmet? Wem wurde dem Vorgängerfilm „Cycling the frame“ aus dem Jahr 1988 gewidmet? Seis drum. Es gibt für den gemeinen Deutschen nicht einfacheres, als sich „the wall“ (die es zwischen Israel & den palästinensisch verwalteten Gebieten geben soll) so vorzustellen, wie einst die Mauer in ihrem selbst erkämpften „wiedervereinten“ Heimatland. (screenshot)

Ein Film der die Thematik der knapp 40 Jahre dauernden „deutsche Teilung“ in den Fokus nimmt (die nun mittlerweile überwunden ist & an die in öffentlichkeitswirksamen Staatsakten in naher Zukunft vermutlich noch exzessiver erinnert werden wird) ist der Film „The invisible frame“ mit Tilda Swinton in der Hauptrolle.

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Aber wie erwähnt haben wir diese Mauer überwunden, haben sie gestürzt. Wie schrieb die Berlin Morgenpost so schön:

Die Mauer, die Tilda Swinton 1988 als Radfahrerin und Beobachterin in Berlin erlebte, gibt es nicht mehr. Umso mehr ist Schauspielerin Tilda Swinton in den vergangenen Tagen bewusst geworden, was die Berliner Mauer einst getrennt hat. (Quelle)

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Wie sieht eine Filmwissenschaftlerin die Widmung an die Palästinenser am Ende eines Films über die deutsch-deutsche Grenze?

Die filmische Reise entlang des ehemaligen Mauerstreifens endet am Brandenburger Tor mit einem inneren Monolog der im Zwischenraum von Utopie und Wirklichkeit verortet werden kann: “ (… ) offene Grenzen, offene Zukunft, offener Himmel, offene Arme, Sesam öffne dich.“ Im Abspann erfahren wir, dass der Film den Menschen Palästinas gewidmet ist, womit die Regisseurin die am Ende des Films von Tilda Swinton formulierten Gedanken aus dem  introspektiven Blick Berlins herauslöst und an einen anderen Ort in der Welt einbindet, wo erneut eine Mauer gebaut wurde, die Orte und Landschaften und Menschen trennt und zerstört.

Diese feinen, doch bewusst gesetzten Akzentuierungen sind beispielhaft für diesen spielerisch anmutenden, essayistischen Film, der noch lange im Gedächtnis nachklingt. (meint Angelika Ramlow)

Kaum zu hoffen, dass er nachklingt – denn wie endete der Film vor der Widmung? – manchmal ist es wie ein „sesam öffne dich“….. Und jetzt nochmal der Konnex: „Dedicated to the People of Palestine“

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Das Brandenburger Tor. Das Symbol für Deutschland schlechthin. Direkt in Reichstagsnähe. Sah an Hitlers 50. Geburtstag so aus:

Zurück zum Film „The invisible frame“. Er wurde im kulturellen Massenbetrieb sehr gelobt, wobei die Widmung am Ende des Filmes in den Feuilletons klammheimlich verschwiegen wurde [¹][²]. Ein gutes oder schlechtes Zeichen? Die Motivation diesen Film zu drehen beruhte schließlich darauf…. Tilda Swinton:

Diese Widmung war für Cynthia und mich sogar eine der Initialzündungen des Films. Denn wir drehten diesen Film, als anderswo gerade wieder eine Mauer errichtet wurde. Und eines überraschte mich mehr als alles andere, weil ich mich darauf weder persönlich noch politisch vorbereiten konnte: Die Mauer übte diesmal so viel mehr Wirkung auf mich aus als das erste Mal. Ich sehe das als exis­tenzielle Lektion: Entferne ein Objekt, und du wirst es umso deutlicher spüren können! Solange es da ist, kann man es ignorieren; wenn es weg ist, geht das nicht mehr, denn es hinterlässt eine Lücke, die erst den Sinn für die Brutalität dieses Objekts schärft. (quelle)

Eigentlich müsste jedem gesunden Menschenverstand klar sein: solch einem Film, der die Teilung in zwei deutsche Staaten (nach zwei Weltkriegen!!!) mit der Problematik in Nah-Ost gleich setzt, sollte widersprochen werden. An einen solchen Film solch eine Widmung zu hängen ist Geschichtsrevisionismus & politisch arg diskutabel. Das ist die offizielle Gedenkpolitik an den „invisible frame“ heute (zwischen Plauen & Hof):

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5 Comments

  1. Unfortunately you have constructed superficial conclusions based on several misunderstandings. “ (die es zwischen Israel & den palästinensisch verwalteten Gebieten geben soll)“ – geben soll? palästinensisch verwalteten Gebieten? If that is what you call the occupied territories, then I suggest you double-check the real situation.
    As for “einem Film, der die Teilung in zwei deutsche Staaten (nach zwei Weltkriegen!!!) mit der Problematik in Nah-Ost gleich setzt, sollte widersprochen werden“…you imagine that this is what the film does – you are wrong. It makes no attempt to equivalate the two. If there is any equivalation, it is the fall of the wall and the desired fall of the Israeli wall.
    Again, your image of the Brandenburger Tor is your reference, not mine. My reference – see Cycling the Frame – was the image from the period when the Wall stood there.
    You appear to have a problem with a dedication of a film to „the people of Palestine“, but you fail to understand even one of the manifold reasons for the dedication, one of which is a complex understanding of history and a position based on that. If you wish to judge this as historical revisionism, you demonstrate your limited understanding of that too. Though the word revisionism is sometimes used in a negative way, constant revision of history is part of the normal scholarly process of writing history. Certainly the Zionist version of history predominates in regard to the Middle East, making it a matter of urgency to revise it and address the mass of material that contradicts Zionist ideology.
    I won’t go into more detail, but there is one simple fact: the wall that the Israeli government is building and has almost finished is an abomination and should never have been allowed. It is illegal in every sense and only enforces increased separation and prevents any contact, which is so vital for Israelis and Palestinians. Unfortunately, the frozen mind-set of those who refuse to question what we are told is in part repsonsible for the present situation. But this wall will fall, as did the Berlin Wall. Then, inshallah or be’ezrat ha-shem, ‚the people of Palestine‘ will live together again as they did before Zionists imposed an apartheid ideology – Arabs and Jews together. There are Israelis and Palestinians capable of imagining thst – you should try it.

    • thanks for commenting. first of all: it was the dedicaction to the people of palestine that makes me wonder, after seen a film about the german-german border, after seen the brandenburger tor. like written, this gate is a special place & historical touched, i think the incarantion of a german place in the german capital and a well known (icon) worldwide.

      It makes no attempt to equivalate the two. If there is any equivalation, it is the fall of the wall and the desired fall of the Israeli wall.

      sure? but that’s at least the result, when u watched a film like these. i saw a former wall parting a city, parting the people (what was a ‚volksgemeinschaft‘ twenty years before). and that’s the special german history, the german parted situation, that’s unequevivalent to the situation of the people in palestine now. even after ‚double checking‘ the situation.

      Again, your image of the Brandenburger Tor is your reference, not mine.

      nope. the film ends with the brandenburger tor. trivia: nixon spoke there (on the western side) some month before the fall…

      but you fail to understand even one of the manifold reasons for the dedication, one of which is a complex understanding of history and a position based on that.

      sure, i understand that filmmaker, writer, artists, any people dedicate their work to people, what ever reasons they have. but is is a false understanding of the function and the reasons of building the berlin wall. when u try to compare, or to create a link between the special german situation (the wall was build in berlin, along the other more then 800km was until the mid of the 80’s mines, sm-70, dogs and soldiers shooting and killing east-german people trying to leave this country to enter west-germany) along the german-german border and the situation as example in betlehem today, u did historical revisionism. for sure this happens in school and everywhere, even ins film like u’rs. if you take this as a compliment, be assured u have a community behind waiting for stuff like this. for me it is unsustainable.

      Certainly the Zionist version of history predominates in regard to the Middle East, making it a matter of urgency to revise it […]

      i’m sure u did this well, because is was that silent. the most of the cultural-mass-medias didn’t even notice this dedication. it’s like a small frame under the 25f/ps, that a tired brain wouldn’t even realize.

      i agree with u in one fact about the security fence and the huge wall build today in israel, that it

      enforces increased separation and prevents any contact

      .
      but what could i say about your rating that

      Zionists imposed an apartheid ideology

      less than this is revisionism too. i never saw something comperable to this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ah8qR7DD5V0/TVAeJ4T8n4I/AAAAAAAACS4/djZeJQO-03I/s1600/apartheid-image.jpg in that small country in the middle-east. can u show me? proof the apartheid-accusation.
      it’s that strange: first of all u denied any equivalation, but

      If there is any equivalation, it is the fall of the wall and the desired fall of the Israeli wall.

      does the people desire to live under apartheid? for me that appartheid-accusation is a false and unsustainable link to the special history in south-africa.

      again: in germany after the lost world-war 1945 the separation was political initialized, it was result out of the cold war. the separation today in isreal is growing under total different circumstances. it is false and dangerous to ignore these special conext. nothing less i wanted to say. so the demand after demolish the separation-instruments can work only under different awareness of the special situation today.

  2. You are fixated on a narrow and pedantic understanding of the dedication and refuse to even imagine that it does not equivalate German history with the history of Palestine. You would be closer if you heard the echoes of Swinton’s words after she passes through the Brandenburg Gate „open fields, open eyes, open hearts, open minds….“, the wall is gone, all walls must fall.
    I suspect your refusal is also based on an irritation, not only because you believe that what you perceive is correct and wish to prove the dedication is a mistake, but also because you are protective of the Israeli state. That is a different matter, but will be approached in my next film.
    I suggest you go back to 1917 historical documents if you know nothing about the history of Zionist racism and the function of the separation wall (by the way, South Africans in particular see that wall as enforcing apartheid – nor have they forgotten that Weizmann and Smuts were great friends and allies and viewed Aficans and Palestinians in similar ways, or that Israel broke the boycott against apartheid South Africa) and start learning about the clear intentions of Zionists to take over Palestine and get rid of the indigenous Arabs, aided by the treachery of British politicians who not only lied to the Arabs and broke laws and promises, but deceived the British people. This continues to this day.
    I am not responsible for your lack of knowledge of Zionist nationalism and racism, an ignorance shared by a vast number of people, where any attempt to question the mindset is immediately crushed by Israel’s lobbyists and their willing, self-censoring German helpers, whose forefathers were indeed responsible for the plight of European Jews, while they today share grave responsibility for the plight of Palestinian Arabs, Moslems and Christians, and even Jews who abhor Zionist ideology. Any decent person who begins reading about early Zionism and how it pushed its way into Palestine cannot help but be deeply shocked, particularly when they finally understand that the land-grabbing continues, the lies continue and the playing for time continues.
    When the Israeli wall falls, it will be a great victory for all open minds.

  3. Oh my goodness! After taking a look at your blogroll, I realize I was right and am wasting my time. This is a pro-Zionist website with the usual benny morris quotes, anti-semitism paranoia galore and demonization of arabs.
    Why do parents and schools teach children that they are hated and to hate?

    • If you think that you wasted your time, I can only say: the future will show. I never demonized any human being, if I did please quote the passage you found. I have some paranoia? Mhm. Quote the passage to proof this accusation.

      I just wanted to let the public know, that a dediaction to the people in the middle east (aka Palestine) in a film about the German-German border (like done in your film) is fatal and historically and politically wasted.

      I really would understand if you dedicated the film (about the german-german border) to the people of Korea. This would make more sense: the block-leading-states was the same like in Europe, you can find much more facts that are common. But you seem nothing less fixed on the demonisation of Israel like the people „of the other side“ seems to be from your point of view. like I wrote: „be assured u have a community behind waiting for stuff like this. for me it is unsustainable.“

      A dedication to the people in Korea would be made more sense.


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