01 | 2008
25–28 January 2008, Fri–Mon
BaKaFORUM 2008: Cultural Diversity and Television in a Globalized World
Media for Change, Development and Peace
Professional conference in the ZKM_Cube and ZKM_Lecture Hall, free admission
to public events
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The "Basel_Karlsruhe Forum on Educational and Societal Television and
Media" will not only show world premieres and the best films from the
competition to the international participants of the BaKaFORUM, but also to
the general public at the ZKM. Experts from around the world have selected
the best of the best of socio-politically involved television and educational
children’s and teen’s television and have invited several outstanding
films related to the conference theme for the "wild card" screening."Cultural
diversity and television in a globalized world" is the major theme of this
professional conference for television creators and decision makers from around
Nowadays, the "global cultural war" has
taken on a new form: television stations, such as Nickelodeon and Jetix
for children; CNN, Sky, Al Jazeera, France24, and BBC World, struggle for global
political and cultural influence. Religious-culturally based shows look for their
audiences in their own countries and also look to immigrants for audiences in
foreign countries: A competition in which the value and wealth of cultural diversity
can be forgotten much too easily.
Fri, 25 January 2008, ZKM_Cube, 6 p.m.
Opening with the film project "Ya
Sharr Mout – Oh Böses,
With the winner of the baden-württembergischen DOK film prize, Sabine
Gisiger (Switzerland), the composer, oud and guitar player Mahmoud Turkmani
(Lebanon/Russia/Switzerland) the VJ Michael Spahr (Switzerland/Netherlands)
and the cultural researcher Muhammed El Hachimi (Morocco/Germany).
Sat–Sun, 26–27 January 2008, ZKM_Lecture
Hall, 9 a.m.–12.30
p.m. and 2–6 p.m.
Public film screenings
Mon, 28 January 2008, The Jury’s
Selection with excerpts from the best films of the Basel_Karlsruhe Forum Contest
Sun, 27 January 2008, ZKM_Cube, 6 p.m.
World premiere of the film Paraiba Meu Amor about the Brazilian Forrò,
with the French accordionist Richard Galliano, the Brazilian guitarist Chico
César, and others.
Sun, 27 January 2008, Kulturzentrum Tollhaus, Karlsruhe,
Concert with Richard Galliano and Chico César for the film Paraiba
In the context of the Basel-Karlsruhe-Forum 2008
The world premiere of the documentary film "Paraiba meu Amor" about
the history, present, and threatened future of Forrò music of the Brazilian
northeast will occur as part of the Basel-Karlsruhe-Forum taking place from
25–28 January at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Immediately
following the film, the Kulturzentrum Tollhaus will present the world premiere
of the relevant musical project with the film’s two protagonists, the
French accordion star Richard Galliano and Brazilian guitarist and song writer
In Paraiba, one of Brazil’s poorest provinces, Forrò is
the musical identifier for the people from the region. Regardless of whether
someone originally comes from Africa, India, or Europe, Forrò is the
ideal expressive means for their hopes and disappointments. In "Paraiba
meu Amor", a film team from the Swiss film production dev.tv, a non-commercial
production company specialized in socio-politically engaged films, will
accompany the European musician Richard Galliano on a journey to the source
of strength of Forrò, heavily influenced by the sound of the accordion,
and his encounters with several of the most important Brazilian accordionists.
Chico César, who grew up with Forrò, acts as a competent guide,
travel and musical companion for the European. They embark on a research expedition
that takes in both the scenic stimuli and burning social issues of Brazil’s
northeast and a fascinating musical culture strongly threatened by pirate copies
and the ignorance of the regional media.
Galliano and César will make
an exclusive visit to Karlsruhe for the film’s world premiere, with a
specially compiled ensemble that combines their musical experiences and makes
a strong musical plea for Forrò music.
Richard Galliano, born in Cannes in 1950, is considered Europe’s most
outstanding accordionist and for years has delighted jazz fans throughout the
world with his play, oscillating between French musette, tango, and jazz.
César, born in 1964, is one of Brazil’s most inspired song writers
and has available a seemingly endless repertoire of shimmering gems and along
with Carlinhos Brown is considered one of the most prominent representatives
of the current Música Popular Brasileira.
Further information at: www.tollhaus.de and tel. 07 21 / 9 64 05-0.