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Cinema & Politics – Film programme and Discussions

My Kaaba is HUMAN / Disturbed Earth: A Choreography of Bureaucratic Incompetence

My Kaaba is HUMAN
Sinem Taş
2017 | 22′


Disturbed Earth: A Choreography of Bureaucratic Incompetence
Didem Pekün
2021 | 29′

Kaaba is the heart of the most sacred mosque in Mecca and “My Kaaba is HUMAN” is the maxim of Alevism and Bektashism, philosophies that place humanity at the center of all values. But what remains of the humanity of over a million refugees and migrants who since 2014 have tried to reach Europe by boat, losing their lives by the thousands? This documentary, by putting us face to face with six refugees in Portugal, forces this question on us.


Disturbed Earth is a theatrical performance rehearsal shot in one day. The genocide at Srebrenica unfolds under the guardianship of the UN, as the world’s leading diplomats and military experts are unwilling to intervene. The men deliberate, sending messages and directions to other officials, but no decisions are ever made. The reasons are manifold — some personal ambitions, some bigoted prejudices, some fanatic obsessions — all flavored with the procedural lockstep of bureaucracy. The tragedy unfolds elsewhere.

The session on February 28 is hosted by Cossoul and starts at 7 PM. With the participation of Sinem Taş, filmmaker and photographer, Elizabeth Challinor, researcher at CRIA – NOVA FCSH and member of NOVA Asylum Policy Lab, and Maria Irene Aparício, researcher at CineLab and assistant professor at FCSH – NOVA University Lisbon. The discussion will be moderated by Marta Fiolić, member of the research group Cinema & Politics: Philosophical Approaches.

The session will be in Portuguese. Free admission.

Cinema & Politics

Cinema & Politics is a film and discussions programme that proposes a critical and reflective analysis of the impact of cinema on contemporary society, addressing philosophical, socio-economic and socio-cultural issues. Through a careful selection of films that explore relevant themes, such as power, democracy, (in)equality, freedom, justice, resistance, memory, ecology, globalization, among others, this cycle aims to stimulate debate and reflection on the relevance of cinema in understanding today’s world.

The programme also offers a space for discussion and exchange of ideas – the sessions will always be followed by discussions, moderated by researchers and students, with the participation of guests with a direct connection to the proposed theme, thus seeking to deepen reflection and encourage the collective construction of the knowledge.

The programme is organized by Marta Fiolić and Maria Irene Aparício of the research group Cinema & Politics: Philosophical Approaches, within the scope of the activities of the Laboratory of Cinema and Philosophy (CineLab) and with the support of the Laboratory of Dissemination (OutLab).

Event supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia) of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science under the project UIDB/00183/2020.