A Marshallese professor from the College of the Marshall Islands is teaching at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (Germany) since autumn 2020: Meitaka Kendall-Lekka. It was an uphill struggle to get her and her family to Germany with her family, especially under pandemic conditions.
Now she brings her students at the KHB into contact with topics that should really not be missing in art: colonialism (the Marshall Islands were once a German colony), climate change (the islands are only just above sea level) and nuclear heritage (the Islands were test areas for nuclear fusion and fission bombs).
She spoke about the atomic bomb tests on the Marshall Islands under the title “The paper remained cold” in a panel discussion (produced by kameradisten.org for ALEX TV) with Prof. Dr. Wolf D. Hartmann (“The Bikini Scandal”), Dr. Nadim Samman, (“As We Used to Float”) and Prof. Hannes Brunner, (KHB, co-initiator and coordinator of the MI_CC project) and Dr. Viviana Uriona (Director: ONE WORD). ALEX will broadcast the talk three times, on April 10th at 7pm, on April 11th at 10pm and on April 12th at 1pm (CET, add 12 hours for Marshallese time). If you cannot receive the channel in your region, you can watch the conversation live on their website:
The corona crisis has of course not left us without a trace. Like hundreds of thousands of self-employed artists and solo self-employed, our work relies on public and contact. But while we somehow muddled through luck and reserves, the contact restrictions in the absence of adequate (state) help posed and still pose an existential threat to many other people in the cultural and art field. For example, for the small Berlin publisher Periplaneta and its employees and authors.
So we all put our involuntary free time together in a solidarity project. We wrote the publisher’s authors and asked them to read from their books at home and filming themselves using their smartphones – to get enough material for an advertising clip. And that worked. You can read more about the story on the publisher’s website.
By the way, Periplaneta made it through the crisis. Not because of the video, but maybe also because of the video.
Many people wrote to us and asked when they could finally watch “One Word” in cinema. The film is still in its festival time. We are planning the cinema premiere for the beginning of November 2020 as a double premiere in Germany and on the Marshall Islands. Afterwards, “One Word” will be shown in selected cinemas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, distributed by Studio Kalliope. If you want, subscribe to our newsletter. We will send the announcement in good time.
If you want to show “One Word” anywhere in the world at an event or at your school or university, write to us and we will find a way. You are also welcome to call your local cinema’s attention to the film.
The music of our film One Word comes from pretty much from everywhere in the world, including bands like “Radiohead” and “Jethro Tull”. But of course there is also music from the Marshall Islands in One Word. The young guys in the video are also in the film. Christina Schulze met them spontaneously on the island of Ebeye when she had nothing else with her than a small handheld camera with a moderate automatic focus, but with a very good microphone. When we first heard this material in the editing room, we were completely blown away. Do you feel the same?
The last verse is: “Men eo jej aikuiji ej kejatdridrik”. It means: “What we need is hope.”
(English below) (Castellano abajo)Die Musik unseres Filmes „One Word“ stammt so ziemlich von überall her auf dem Globus, darunter Bands wie „Radiohead“ und „Jethro Tull“. Aber natürlich gibt es in „One Word“ auch Musik von den Marshall Islands. Die Jungs im Video sind auch im Film dabei. Christina Schulze hat sie spontan auf der Insel Ebeye getroffen, als sie gerade nichts Anderes dabei hatte, als eine kleine Handkamera mit einer mäßigen Schärfeautomatik, aber mit einem sehr gutem Mikrofon. Als wir dieses Material das erste Mal im Schnitt hörten, hat es uns völlig umgehauen. Geht es euch auch so?The music of our film "One Word" comes from pretty much from everywhere in the world, including bands like "Radiohead" and "Jethro Tull". But of course there is also music from the Marshall Islands in “One Word”. The young guys in the video are also in the film. Christina Schulze met them spontaneously on the island of Ebeye when she had nothing else with her than a small handheld camera with a moderate automatic focus, but with a very good microphone. When we first heard this material in the editing room, we were completely blown away. Do you feel the same?La música de nuestro documental "One Word" proviene prácticamente de todo el mundo, incluidas bandas como "Radiohead" y "Jethro Tull". Pero, por supuesto, también hay música de las Islas Marshall en "One Word". Los chicos jóvenes en el video también están en la película. Christina Schulze los conoció espontáneamente en la isla Ebeye cuando no tenía nada más que una pequeña cámara de mano con un enfoque automático moderado, pero con un micrófono muy bueno. Cuando escuchamos este material por primera vez en la sala de edición, nos quedamos más que impresionados,nos encantó. ¿Sientes lo mismo? English: https://one-word-the-movie.com/ Deutsch: https://www.kameradisten.org/one-word/ Castellano: https://www.kameradisten.org/es/one-word/
September 8th is a global day to rise for climate action. Activities and demonstrations are planned in more than 70 countries to end the era of fossel fuels and building 100% renewable energy for all. In Germany alone, more than 25 events are planned.
Also here on the Marshall Islands and other Pacific Islands, they are preparing for the 8th of September. Under the slogan #RiseForClimate and #RiseForPacificPawa (“Pawa” – Pidgin English for “Power”), the many small island states unite to support each other, letting the world know: we are not drowning, we are fighting. They fight for the protection of the climate, for the survival of their islands and for their cultural identity. We filmed the preparatory meeting of the environmental organization Jo-Jikum, which is our local partner and part of the global climate movement 350.org. This year’s campaign symbol is Kikonang, a sort of palm leaf windmill. It stands for movement, for renewable energy such as wind and solar energy, for the arts and crafts, which has an important cultural significance here and many reminds them of their childhood, as it is a popular toy on the island states. It is important to tackle the climate crisis globally. There is no industry in the Marshall Islands, and people are the least polluting people due to greenhouse gas emissions. But they are at the frontlines to be affected by the impacts of climate change.
“No Rest. No Haste” was selected for the 12th Film Festival delle Terre in Rome and is in competition on October 12 (8 pm). The scene of our film, in which the human rights lawyer Antenor Ferreyra speaks of the struggle against the ruling class, is now to be seen in the official trailer of the festival.
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