Hans-Georg Eberl and Dina Borsch

Da.Sein - director 2Hans-Georg Eberl is an activist, occasional author, German adult education teacher and film-maker. He is also active – previously in Bavaria, currently in Vienna – as a supporter of self-organised refugee protests and in struggles against deportation. In the context of the trans-national network “Afrique Europe Interact” he has cultivated contacts with grassroots initiatives in Mali and Togo. He makes a living as a teacher of German in Vienna Volkshochschulen (adult education centres). In this context, he also takes an interest in the possibilities of liberalising DaF/DaZ education (German as a foreign / second language) beyond the prescribed tuition of German.

Filmography (co-directed by Aylin Basaran): École pour tous / School for everyone (2009), In the land of deported people (2009), Being.There / Da.Sein (2013).

Hans-Georg Eberl, a codirector, and Dina Borsch, an editor, will be present at the screening of the movie Being.There / Da.Sein on Monday, 16th June 2014 at JSKD Hall (Mala skladovnica (Beethovnova Street 5)). After the projection Hans-Georg Eberl will exercise the workshop about making documentaries in the context of refugee situations, deportations and realities of people who were deported, all this in a setting between European and African realities. To what extent can such film making contribute to a process of empowerment against experiences of violent oppression through the border regime? What are my roles, expectations and privileges as a European activist and film maker in an African context and to what extent does this fit or contradict the hopes, aims and aspirations of people who tell their stories? To what extent do they use participation in a film as a platform of their own representation? How could cooperation on an equal level be achieved and look like?