Film

 

Memory2Go

USA / Martinique / France / Austria / Germany
Directed, filmed and edited by Layla Zami

Memory2Go from layla zami on Vimeo.

In this movie about dance, memory and diaspora, we encounter contemporary international dancers-choreographers of various backgrounds and aesthetic styles. Through personal conversations and performance excerpts, we get closer to understanding the power of dance to perform, process, and produce cultural memory in the 21st century. This film is currently in post-production, in connection with the recent book publication Contemporary PerforMemory.

 

 

Dancing Through Gardens (Durch Gärten Tanzen)

Germany / Indonesia / France 2014. Duration: 140 min.
By Oxana Chi & Layla Zami

How does a dance biography from the past become a source of inspiration for a dance artist of the present? The movie takes the audience on an poetic and insightful voyage to Paris, Berlin and Solo (Surakarta) . Layla Zami accompanies the award-winning dancer-choreographer Oxana Chi on the footsteps of historical dance legend Tatjana Barbakoff. A Chinese-Jewish-Latvian artist, Tatjana was very famous in 1920s/30s Europe, and inspired many visual artists of the 20th century. Today, Oxana brings her back to life on stage, giving her an afterlife through her performance Through Gardens.
Including unseen archival footage, fiction scenes, innovative Fusion dance (from ballet to wayang kulit over Chinese martial arts), and a sprinkle of animation, Dancing Through Gardens tells a moving and inspiring tale of women's struggle and survival through the power of dance.

Produced by lichiverein, made possible in parts with the support of the French Ministry Program "Envie d'Agir", the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah (FMS Paris), Berlin Arts University (UdK), Amadeu-Antonio-Stifunt and private sponsors.

 more info

 

Durch Gärten Tanzen - Trailer from layla zami on Vimeo.

 

Press

Interview with Layla Zami, Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University
Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) Interview Series, April 8th, 2016.
Interviewer: Meredith Smith, New York City.

 

Hommage an Tatjana Barbakoff
"Durch Gärten Tanzen" erinnert an die lettisch-jüdische Tanzkünstlerin
in Jüdische Allgemeine, October 12th, 2014.

 


L’amitié, l’amour et… la danse
in Berlinpoche, Berlin's Francophone Cultural Magazine, October 06th, 2014.
Interview in French with Layla Zami and Oxana Chi. Interviewer: Laura Strack.

 


The film was honored with the International Award of Recognition at DOSHIMA 2016.
 watch award-ceremony trailer

 

 

DVD Release

German original version with English and French subtitles. li:chi movie 2015. Duration: 140Min.

Orders within Europe through the online-distributor Fembooks
For orders in the USA, please reach out to me directly: mail(at)laylazami.net
This is a special first limited edition.

The DVD is part of the permanent collections of following national institutions, universities and museums: Jewish Museum Berlin, Tanzarchiv Köln, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Israel Museum Jerusalem, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah (Paris), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Dance Department at Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Universität der Künste Berlin, Humboldt-University Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Helen-Dahm-Museum Switzerland, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, as well as public libraries such as the Manfred-Bofinger-Bibliothek Treptow and the Central Berlin Library Amerika-Gedenk-Bibliothek.

In the summer of 2017, the movie was listed, amongst material on dance legends such as Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch, as part of the special exhibition Themenraum Tanz organized by the Berlin Central Library in partnership with the festival "Tanz im August".

 view exhibition catalogue

 


 Cooperation 

 

Dance Biennale "Passages14" International Festival of Afro-Contemporary Dance in Bielefeld

Commissioned by Festival Director to document the whole Festival Week on video. Festival trailer co-edited with Oxana Chi

DansArt Biennale Passages14 - Video Documentation from layla zami on Vimeo.

DansArt Biennale PASSAGES14 - African Contemporary Dance Festival
PERFORMANCES | CONCERTS | EXHIBITIONS | WORKSHOPS | CONFERENCES
12.-16-11.2014
DansArt THEATRE Bielefeld

 

 

Gender & Sustainable Energies

interviews with experts from Southern & Western Africa, 2013. africavenir international e.V.

 Interview with Judy W. Wakhungu
 Interview with Prof. Many C. Camara

 

 

spuren legen_verwehen. a feminist video_poem.

Commissioned by Professor Dr. Lann Hornscheidt
Premiere 2012 at the "transforming politics | politisizing trans" lab exhibition @ galerie funke, berlin

a feminist video_poem
by layla zami & lann hornscheidt

this film inspired by the book "feminismus schreiben_lernen" explores quest_ions of language, position_ing and beLong_ing to comm_Unities beyond heteronormative mainstream. a unique collaboration between gender studies professor lann hornscheidt and filmmaker layla zami, it stresses intertwined aspects of gender and race. this challenging mix of poetic documentary and experimental essay portraits people who leave temporary traces of their identities and politics in their surroundings. in the audiovisual medium, the u-topian quests for spaces and words are re-created, suggesting alternative linguistic practices and demanding new ways of seeing_listening.
quotes by: sarah kirsch, audre lorde, adrienne rich, luz maria umpierre, elana dykewomon, lann hornscheidt, chrystos, marg yeo, helene cixous

film credits
directed by layla zami & lann
idea + production: lann
cinematography + editing: layla zami
sound: steva
sound design: layla zami + heidrun schramm
off-voice: agnes lampkin

all rights reserved. berlin 2012
copyright: layla zami & lann hornscheidt
http://laylazami.net
http://lannhornscheidt.com

spuren legen_verwehen. a feminist video_poem

this short experimental video was created for the exhibition "to dyke_trans | dis_visualizing re_locating de_silencing " presented at galerie funke, berlin, germany in may 2012. among the participating artists were layla zami, zanele muholi, claude cahun (rip), coco riot & elisha lim.

for more information about the exhibition and the project "lab: politicizing trans | trans_forming politics",
please visit: http://transformingpolitics.blogsport.de/

 

 

xart_splitta lab


Video documentation of the Open lectures by special guest professors from the USA @ Humboldt University Berlin May 2012
sponsored by swedish university linköping, international gender studies graduate school 'intergender'

 Watch videos

 

 

Kurz in der Welt: Die Welt in den Augen der Kinder

Commissioned by ManuEla Ritz for the State Antidiscrimination Board in Germany. Premiere 2012 @ Festival 'Aktionswoche im Besten Alter. Immer.' movie theatre 'fsk Kino' Berlin.

How do children deal with growing up in a world which is conceived by adults for adults? How would it be if adults see the world through children's eyes and learn to listen?

 Press article

die welt in den augen der kinder

ein Dokumentarspielfilm von Kindern für Menschen jeden Alters
Um den gesamten Film (45 min.) zu bestellen, Schreiben Sie an: manumwangi@yahoo.com

Was bedeutet es, als Kind in einer Welt zu leben, in der (meist) Erwachsene das Sagen haben? Wie wäre es wenn es anders herum wäre? Was können Erwachsene lernen, wenn sie Kinder zur Sprache kommen lassen und ihnen zuhören? Die Kinder, die diesen Film konzipiert haben, nehmen uns mit auf eine lustige, nachdenkliche phantasievolle und inspirierende Reise in ihre Alltagswelten. Reisen Sie mit! Das Ziel steht fest: Gleichwürdiger Umgang zwischen allen Menschen; ganz gleich welchen Alters.

ein Film von und mit
Nil Akarsular, Änne & Lilo Beller, Sophie Isabelle Schickl, Simbi Christin & Lucas Schwarz

Ein Projekt von
ManuEla Ritz * Autorin | Antidiskriminierungstrainerin
Idee | Produktion | Co-Regie

Filmisch umgesetzt von
Layla Zami * Filmemacherin | Politologin
Co-Regie | Kamera | Montage

Ton: Eva Kietzmann
Sound Design: Heidrun Schramm

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes

Premiere 28.04.12 im fsk Kino Berlin

 


 Other Film Projects 

 

Firebird

short documentary about nationalism in germany. berlin 2011. Premiere Berlin 2010 @ Salon Qi Festival Theaterforum 2010 & Sputnik Kino Movie Theatre

l'oiseau de feu * жар-птица * firebird * feuervogel *

a short videopoem on travel and exile
film by layla zami
starring ana kavalis (berlin | cuba)

idea
ana kavalis & layla zami
cinematography & editing
layla zami

berlin, 2010

premiere in berlin
+ salon qi festival @ theaterforum kreuzberg, berlin, may 2010

+ sputnik kino, berlin, jan. 2010

 

 

SCHWARZ, ROT, GOLD, Alles nur Vergangenheit?

short documentary about nationalism in germany. berlin 2011. galerie gondwana salon qi festival 2011

 

 

Bis an den Aussersten Rand

In Memory of Ghanean-German Poet, Activist & Author May Ayim (Berlin 1960 - Hamburg 1996)

 

 

Hibiscus. Madinina

Short Super 8 Film. shot in Madinina 2011