Heim - Stage reading & discussion

Liwaa Yazji
(c) Florian Reimann Fotografie

»Routines are very important. Taking life step by step, knowing that you take the same steps every day. It is our routines that make us what we are, what we want to be. When life collapses all around us, and our routines collapse along with it, we have no way of knowing who we are,« writes the protagonist of Heim in his diary in the opening scene.

Heim is the new Arab Germanism for refugee centre. Liwaa Yazji and Mohammad Abu Laban are well-known authors from Damascus who write TV series among other things. In the past 20 years, Syrian series have dominated the Arab TV market. Ramadan dramas broadcast daily in blocks of 30 episodes are especially popular. After moving to Berlin at the end of 2015, Yazji and Abu Laban (together with David Hermann) wrote the multi-language series Heim, their first episodic drama to be produced in Germany. Production has yet to occur.

What does it mean to transfer familiar work to a new environment? How is research carried out? Who is the series written for? Does production in Germany mean the film addresses a German audience? What limitations does an author face when he is not yet familiar with the new system, and what freedoms result from this situation?

Stage reading with Ursula Strauss and Jesse Albert. Discussion with Liwaa Yazji.
Moderation: Irit Neidhardt, more information

Sun, 20.04., 15 pm, Altes Pfandhaus, tickets