Innovation lab


International Conference and Innovation Lab “Film, Flight and Interculturality”
Frankfurt am Main, 21.-23.09.2016

A cooperation between the Deutsches Filminstitut and the Federal Agency for Civic Education in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. The event takes place within the frame of LUCAS – International Festival for young filmlovers.

Conference languages: German and English

21. – 23. September 2016
Opening: Wednesday, 21.09. at 4.00 p.m.
End: Friday, 23.09. at 7.00 p.m.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurter Kunstverein, CINEMA am Roßmarkt, Kaisersaal, Römer

Friederike Christoph
Tel. +49 (0)69 961 220 317

Accreditation for representatives of the press

Accreditations are no longer possible in this year.

Agenda (PDF)

Wednesday, 21.09.2016

from 3:00 p.m. Arrival and registration at the Deutsches Filmmuseum
4:00 p.m. Opening in the Deutsches Filmmuseum cinema
Introduction to the topic of the conference and the procedure of the Innovation Lab (Katrin Willmann, bpb / Christine Kopf, DIF)
4.30 p.m. Video message by producer Bahman Ghobadi
Film Screening

Life on the Border (IRQ/SYR 2015, dir: Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, Delovan Kekha, Hazem Khodeideh, Diar Omar, Zohour Saeid, Basmeh Soleiman, 73 min)
Followed by: young directors Basmeh Soleiman and Sami Hossein and directing mentor Shaho Nemati in conversation with Dr. Vanessa Aab (DIF, Frankfurt)
8.00 p.m. Opening reception at the Kaisersaal, Römer (by invitation only)
Welcome by the Magistrate, City of Frankfurt am Main, Dr. Caroline Hornstein Tomić (bpb, Bonn) and Christine Kopf (DIF, Frankfurt)

Thursday, 22.09.2016

9.00 a.m. Arrival at conference venue Frankfurter Kunstverein
9.30 a.m. Opening lecture by Dr. Mark Terkessidis:
„International, open, creative …
About taking things for granted and the need for a programme interculture“
10.45 a.m. Coffee break
11.00 a.m. Forum 1: Film as a medium of encounters and coping?
Moderation: Alejandro Bachmann (Austrian Film Museum, Vienna)

  • Hannah Marquardt, project head: „Ankommen in Deutschland“ (longterm project, young refugees making short films)
  • Katja Hevemeyer, Deutsche Filmakademie: „Mix It!“ (compact projects, young refugees and locals making short films)
  • Luca Jacob Borkowsky, Piranha Arts, Berlin: „…wie im Film?!“ (longterm project, short films made by and about young refugees)
12.15 p.m. Lunch
1.30 Lecture by Saida Abdi (Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Children´s Hospital, Boston): „Journeys of Hope – Images of Despair: The role of Media in Building Resilience Among Refugee Children and Youth“
2.30 – 3.45 p.m.  Forum 2: Film literacy for new arrivals
Presentation: Katrin Willmann (bpb, Berlin)

  • Michael Jahn (Vision Kino, Berlin): “In cinema with just arrived children and young adults”
  • Dr. Martin Ganguly (Berlinale Generation, Berlin): Work with refugees at the Berlinale school project
  • Veronika Mendler (Goethe-Institut, Munich) and Norbert Mehmke (BJF, Frankfurt): Experiences with Cinemanya, film case for young refugees
3.45 p.m. Coffee break
4.15 Forum 3: Thinking cinema together
Presentation: Christiane Schleindl (Filmhouse, Nuremberg)

  • KINO ASYL, film festival managed and curated by refugees, Munich
    Mareike Schemmerling (JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik München) and Imraan Safi (curator)
  • BLICKWECHSEL JETZT, filmclub for young refugees and locals, Frankfurt am Main
    Friederike Christoph (DIF, Frankfurt), Sameer Ahmad Kareemi (project participant) and Lu Pahl (Aktive Schule)
    Alexander Braun (HAFEN 2, Offenbach) in tandem with project participant
6.00 p.m. Film screening at CINEMA am Roßmarkt:
BABYLON (TUN 2012, dir: Youssef Chebbi, ismaël, Ala Eddine Slim, 119 min)
Followed by: Director ismaël in conversation with Alejandro Bachmann (Austrian Film Museum, Vienna)

Friday, 23.09.2016

9.00 a.m. Arrival at conference venue Frankfurter Kunstverein
9.30 a.m. Lecture by Irit Neidhardt (mec film, Berlin:
„The image of the Arab world in German cinema“
10.30 a.m. Followed by: Irit Neidhardt (mec Film, Berlin) and Fadi Abdelnour (ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin) in conversation with Christine Kop (DIF, Frankfurt)
11.00 Resumé: Tamer El Said, Kairo
11.30 a.m. Innovation Lab: Fantasy phase
Circles incl. Frank W. Albers (Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart), Diana El Jeiroudi (DOX BOX, Berlin) and Basir Seerat (Afghan Documentary Film Festival, Stockholm)
1.30 p.m. Lunch
2.30 p.m. Results of the Innovation Lab
Presentation in plenum.
Film screening at CINEMA am Roßmarkt:
LUCAS SPECIAL: Dazwischen – In Between

    (M/NL 2016, dir: Yassine El Idrissi, 25 min)
    (ISR 2015, dir: Anat Goren, 54 min)
    Followed by: producer Daniela Rachminov Sidi in conversation with Dr. Cathy de Haan (LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers)

Dr. phil. Vanessa Aab

Dr Vanessa Aab joined the Department of Film Education at the Deutsches Filminstitut in 2016. She has worked in the area of cultural and film education for refugee children and young adults since 2014, for example as director of the film club BLICKWECHSEL JETZT (“Change your view now”) at the Deutsches Filmmuseum. Vanessa Aab received her doctorate in media studies after studying scenic arts and film, media, visual arts, theatre and cultural management in Hildesheim and Paris. In 2010 she founded the film production company AAB Film, for which she worked in Berlin, Hannover and Cape Town as an author, producer, director and editor for advertisements and artistic films. She conducted scholarly and creative research at the University of Hildesheim at the Department for Media, Theatre and Popular Culture from 2007 to 2016.

Saida Abdi

Saida Abdi, MA., is the Associate Director for Community Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital’s  Refugee  Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC). She holds a bachelor’s in film and a master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. Saida Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee and immigrant youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community members. She is also the director and writer of a documentary on Somali youth in Canada called “Help Our Children”.


Fadi Abdelnour

Born in Jerusalem in 1978, Fadi Abdelnour studied archaeology, linguistics and cultural studies at Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine. During this time he was an active member of the student movement. He later received a degree in communication design from the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. Since then, he has worked as a freelance graphic designer in Berlin. Abdelnour is interested in many aspects of culture, and as such he has collaborated in a wide variety of work groups and served on commissions and juries for numerous events. He co-founded the Arab Film Festival Berlin (ALFILM) in 2009, where he currently serves as artistic director.

Frank Albers

Frank W. Albers was born in Bremen. After finishing school he went on to study German and Scandinavian Literature as well as Cultural Science in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Gothenburg. During his studies he worked as a freelancer for the Berlin International Film Festival (section Panorama). Returning from an extensive linguistic research in Central America in 1994 he started working for a Berlin based TV production company. In 1998 he moved to Iceland where he became the director of the Goethe-Zentrum in Reykjavík and worked as a lecturer for German Literature at the University of Iceland. Since 2001 he works for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart as program manager for arts and culture. Among other programs he developed the “Film Prize For International Cooperation Germany/Arab World”.

Alejandro Bachmann

Alejandro Bachmann is Head of Department of Communication, Education and Research at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. In addition, he teaches in the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. He developed an experimental film education series called “Abgeguckt” for the event space “Roter Salon” of the Volksbühne in Berlin. Bachmann frequently publishes articles on film for outlets such as kolik.Film,, Ray and desistfilm as well as for scholarly publications. He is editor of the monograph “Räume in der Zeit. Die Filme von Nikolaus Geyrhalter“ (Vienna, Sonderzahl 2015). Bachmann curates film series for a broad range of events, including Courtisane, Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and Lausanne Underground Film Festival (LUFF).

Gulistan Baghistani-Berse

Born in 1980 in Duhok, Southern Kurdistan, Gulistan Baghistani-Berse fled with her family to Northern Kurdistan following the poison gas attack by the Iraqi air force in 1988. After her family was also subjected to political persecution in their new home, they later immigrated to Osnabrück, Germany in 1994. Baghistani-Berse studied business in Essen. She has lived with her husband and daughter in Frankfurt since 2007. On Wednesday, 21 September 2016, she will offer simultaneous interpretation for the discussion with Sami Hossein und Basmeh Soleiman following the film LIFE ON THE BORDER (IRQ/SYR 2015).


Luca Borkowsky

Luca Jacob Borkowsky was born in Berlin in 1987 and grew up in Rome. Since 2015 he has overseen the area of film at the Berlin-based company Piranha Arts. In this function, he produces the series  “…wie im Film!?” (“Just like in the movies”), which grants young people the chance to create films that reflect their views and perspectives and illustrate recent issues. He created short films in Germany, Italy and Turkey from 2009 to 2012 and received international acclaim for his projects ATEMZUG and ANGST UND LIEBE. In 2012, he initiated together with Cinematch Berlin a network to support independent filmmakers. Since 2015 he has been in active in “w o l f”, a new space in Berlin to inspire and consider all facets of cinematic culture.

Alexander Braun

Born in 1967 in Wiesbaden, Alexander Braun studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Frankfurt with a focus on French and Portuguese literature of the former African colonies. For his work, he has spent time in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Cabo Verde, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Saõ Tomé & Príncipe, Sudan and Ethiopia. In addition, he also completed a training programme in media design with a focus on sound and image (film, post-production, lighting, P.A.). He is co-founder of the cultural centre “Hafen 2” in Offenbach and chair of the non-profit organisation suesswasser e.V. Braun oversees the programme brochure, concert selection and organisation and selection of “Hafenkino”, “Kino zu Flucht” and “Films from Urban Africa”.

Friederike Christoph

Friederike Christoph works in the Department of Film Education at the Deutsches Filminstitut. Together with Dr Vanessa Aab, she has coordinated the monthly film club BLICKWECHSEL JETZT (“Change your view now”) since the summer of 2015 for young refugees and other youth in Frankfurt. She created a number of initiatives, such as the film club “Objektiv” or at the collective of Paranoid Paradise, all intended to deepen the understanding and experience of the moving image within the context of film, video and art, even while she was studying art history, media and communications studies in Leipzig and Vienna. Her focus has always been on underrepresented queer and feminist films with a documentary bent.

Diana El Jeiroudis

Diana El Jeiroudi started her career in film in 2002 when she co-founded the independent film production company Proaction Film in Damascus. In 2008 she co-founded the independent festival DOX BOX Film Festival in Syria, which regularly took place until the uprising in 2011. She has worked as producer and director on documentary films screened at festivals in over 40 countries and broadcast on international television networks. Her work has also been shown at exhibitions in art spaces like Kunsthalle Wien, the National Museums in Berlin and at the Taipei Biennial. She has received awards like the European Documentary Network Award and the Katrin Cartlidge Award for her work and activism.

Tamer El Said

Tamer El Said, born in 1972, is a filmmaker living in Cairo. He studied filmmaking and journalism and went on to make many documentaries and short films that received several international and local awards. In 2002, he took on the role of Senior Producer and Artistic Consultant for Nile Productions, moving across to Hot Spot Films in Dubai in 2003. His time as Senior Producer at Hot Spot saw the company expanded dramatically, and winning several international awards. In 2007 Tamer founded Zero Production to produce independent films. He is also a founding member of Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Egypt. His first feature length film, IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY, was premiered in the Berlinale 2016 where it received the Caligari Film Prize. The film recently obtained the Best Director Award at Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI) in Argentina and The Grand Prix of New Horizon International Film Festival in Poland.

Dr. Martin Ganguly

Dr Martin Ganguly has directed the school project of the Berlin Film Festival since 2004. Martin Ganguly teaches at schools and universities, moderates events, rates films for the German motion picture rating system organisation (FSK) and works as a consultant and coach in Germany and abroad in the areas of the arts, values, pedagogy and film pedagogy. With a doctorate in education, Martin Ganguly earned a degree in acting and direction from the Max Reinhardt Department Seminar in Vienna. Three of his multimedia lessons have been awarded the prestigious European Comenius medal. Since 2013 he has curated the nationwide German project “Klassiker sehen – Filme verstehen” sponsored by the DFA/bpb/Peter Ustinov Foundation to teach film history.

Bahman Ghobadi

Bahmann Ghobadi is one of Iran’s most important filmmakers. Born in 1969 in the Kurdish sector of Iran near the Iraqi border, he directed his first short films as a teenager and later studied photography and film in Teheran. He achieved international renown with his debut feature film, titled A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES (2000), which was Iran’s very first full-length feature film. As in his later films, his first work focuses on the struggles of children living in turmoil. Filmography (selection): LIFE IN FOG (1999), TURTLES CAN FLY (2004), NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (2009), RHINO SEASON (2012).

Cathy de Haan

In 2016 Dr Cathy de Haan became Artistic Director of LUCAS – Festival for Young Film Lovers. As curator she develops programmes and workshops focusing on film, literature, music and transmedia. From the Arab World to Central Asia, from Latin America to Eastern Europe she incites interdisciplinary projects with international accomplices – like Goethe-Institut, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlinale, Achtung Berlin, Filmfestival FENAVID Santa Cruz/Bolivia, goEast Wiesbaden, Power to the Pixel, London and PriFilmFest, Pristina. She is member of diverse film juries and lectures in Germany (Deutsches Literaturinstitut/Leipzig, Hamburg MEDIA SCHOOL) and abroad on creative writing, dramaturgy, media aesthetics and film theory. She is Artistic Director of OSTPOL/Leipzig and co-founder and co-director of CINEMATCH. Cathy de Haan is a member of the European Film Academy and holds a PhD in communication. 

Katja Hevemeyer

After earning her degree in applied cultural studies in Lüneburg, Katja Hevemeyer began her career at the Hamburg-based film PR agency Marketeam. After that, she took over as director and head of programming at the Forum Kino in Munich. Prior to joining the German Film Academy in 2008, she created exhibitions at venues like Central Film, VG Film and Verband der Filmverleiher. At the academy she oversees “Mix It!” for the national school project “Klassiker sehen – Filme verstehen” as well as the reference site

Dr. Caroline Hornstein Tomić

Dr Caroline Hornstein Tomić is Head of the Operative Department at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) based in Bonn since April 2016. In her previous position she was Senior Researcher at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences in Zagreb and lecturer at the Chair for Anthropology at Zagreb University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (fields of expertise: migration, gender and identity politics, state-building and transformation processes in Central and Southeast Europe). She headed the foundation´s country office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2001 to 2005. She holds a Master’s degree in anthropology/European ethnology and sociology and a PhD in sociology. From 1996 until 1997 she spent one year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA, as a doctoral candidate. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Vienna based Erste Foundation since 2005, and is co-founder and a Board member of the Croatian Foundation Znanje na djelu / Stiftung Wissen am Werk.

Michael Jahn

Michael Jahn earned a degree in cultural, communications and media studies at the University of Leipzig. He was an active film educator even as a student, when he wrote about film and organised projects. Since 2006 he has served as project manager for the national German project SchulKinoWochen in the Berlin-based Network for Film and Media Competence VISION KINO, where he oversees the country’s largest film education programme.

Sameer Ahmad Kareemi

Sameer Ahmad Kareemi was born in 1998 in East Afghanistan. One of seven children, he was raised in Nangarhar and Kabul. As a child, he spent two years in neighbouring Pakistan, where his family fled after the war broke out. After the family returned to Afghanistan he attended school until seventh grade, at which point he joined his uncle to work in the civil police force for the paramilitary organisation Afghan National Civil Order Police in Surkhruod Char Bagh. After facing threats from the Taliban, he was forced from his home and family in 2014 at the age of 16. He fled, across the Mediterranean to the Balkan route, arriving in Frankfurt am Main in June 2015, where he now lives. He has attended the Wilhelm Merton School since September 2015. Sameer is a successful wrestler in the state league of Hessen and regularly visits the film club BLICKWECHSEL JETZT. Later, he wants to become an actor.

Jan-Philipp Kohlmann

Jan-Philipp Kohlmann studied comparative literature and film studies in Mainz and Valencia. Since 2007, he has published articles about film in various online and print magazines. From 2011 to 2014, he worked on a film education show for the independent radio station Radio Rüsselsheim. Kohlmann has completed several internships at film production companies in the areas of editing and assistant directing. In March 2015 he began a traineeship in the Film Department of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) in Berlin.

Christine Kopf

Christine Kopf studied German philology, cultural anthropology and film studies. In Wiesbaden she directed “goEast”, a festival of Central and Eastern European cinema. Together with Barbara Dierksen, she also directed the Deutsches Fernsehkrimi-Festival. Kopf has developed concepts, exhibitions and film series for Filmhaus Nürnberg, ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Kulturamt Wiesbaden, Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach and in particular for the Deutsches Filmmuseum and Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF) in Frankfurt, where for the past 20 years she has curated exhibitions, programmed film series and organised special events. As director, she has expanded the new Department for Film Education since 2013. She is a curator for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation, which focuses on young filmmakers from Germany and Arabic countries.


ismaël, born in 1981 in Tunis, is a tunisian filmmaker, visual artist and writer. His artistic and theoretical work revolves mainly around the interrogation of the image and its politics implementation in a globalized world. Born with a significant eye impairment, his works question human perception in relation to the physical world and the perception relayed by devices whose perfection is a stated ambition. His various works (films, videos, photographs, texts, installations …) were screened and exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, at the National Cinematheque in Mexico, at the galleries Talmart (Paris) and A. Gorgi (Tunis), at the Marrakech Biennale, and at the House of Images in Tunis.

Hannah Marquardt

Hannah Marquardt studied European ethnology in Berlin and Nepal, focusing on migration research. She has worked on a variety of film projects, both during and after her studies, and continues to focus on migration in her scholarly work and as independent projects. Since 2014 she has led film workshops in Berlin for teenage refugees together with the cinematographer Sandra Merseburger. She also works at an office for recent immigrants in the Berlin district Neukölln.

Norbert Mehmke

Norbert Mehmke serves as the first chairman of the German Federation of Film Clubs for Children and Young People (BJF). BJF supports film education, active cultural engagement and media competence for children and young adults with a wide array of activities. The organisation provides its ca. 800 members with comprehensive services for organising cultural cinema events and also maintains a network for young filmmakers. Mehmke is now working on the Cinemanya Project together with the Goethe Institut, which is a film project focusing on refugees. Since 2015, he has presented selected films twice a week in the refugee camp Bad Fallingbostel.

Veronika Mendler

After receiving her traineeship in film, television and radio at the main offices of the Goethe Institut in Munich, Veronika Mendler has worked as a project organiser since July 2016, focusing primarily on issues of exile, documentary film and films for children and young adults. She was previously active in the film industry, where she worked as a freelancer in several documentary films directed by Peter Heller. She gained further experience in a stint at the newsroom of the independent educational station afk tv in Munich, where she independently created a few films. She studied ethnology with a specialisation in film, language, literature and media in Munich.

Shaho Nemati

Shaho Nemati, born 1986 in Kurdistan/Iran, has graduated from High School in 2008. Right after that he attended a two years program at Iranian Film College and graduated in 2010. Since he made a controversial documentary movie, he had to flee Iran for that reason, and relocating to Kurdistan/Iraq where he worked for MIJ Film. During his time in Iraq and Turkey, he ended up making a few short films and worked in several feature films – as director assistant, production manager and editor: RHINO SEASON (IRN/TRK 2012, dir: Bahman Ghobadi), MARDAN (IRQ 2104, dir: Batin Ghobadi) and LIFE ON THE BORDER (IRQ/SYR 2015, R: div.). 2015 Nemati fled Irak to Germany.

Irit Neidhardt

Irit Neidhardt directs mec film, a film sales company and distributor specialising in cinema from North Africa and the Middle East. She has co-produced several Arabic-language documentary films and curates film series dedicated to Arabic issues. Neidhardt has published numerous articles on film and the Middle East examining questions of cooperation and co-production between Europe and the Middle East.

Imraan Safi

Imraan Safi, born in 1998 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, arrived in Munich on 31 December 2014 as an unaccompanied minor. He is currently living in a group home run by Diakonie Hasenbergl, where he helps other minors arriving on their own. He has attended the Erich Kästner School in Munich since September 2015. In addition to his native language Dari, Imraan is also fluent in Pashtu, Urdu and English. His greatest dream is to find a career where he can use his gift of language. He wants to one day support other Afghanis living in Germany as a translator or interpreter or work in the area of international relations between Germany and Afghanistan.

Mareike Schemmerling

Mareike Schemmerling earned a master’s degree in media and communication at the University of Augsburg and Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Ankara, with a focus on media didactics. Since 2011, she has worked as project manager for media pedagogy at the Institute for Media Research and Media Education (JFF) in Munich. Her work currently focuses primarily on media outreach with underage refugees and younger students in transitional classes for new arrivals. She also coordinates the network “Medienfachberatung” in Bavaria.

Christiane Schleindl

Christiane Schleindl received her traineeship in media pedagogy and has worked in a variety of cinema projects for over three decades. She has served on the jury of the Youth Film Festival in Nuremberg since 1996, in 1997 was a founding member of the Silent Film Music Days in Erlangen, and has been a founding, organisational and programme team member of the Nuremberg Festival for Human Rights since 1999. Furthermore, she has been a board member of the trade group for local cinema “Bundesverband kommunaler Filmarbeit e.V.” since 2003, serving as chair from 2006 to 2015. She has overseen the Film House in Nuremberg since 2000.

Basir Seerat

The blogger, photographer and filmmaker Basir Seerat was born in 1983 in Malistan in the Afghan province Ghazni. One of the most important human rights activists in Afghanistan’s art and media sector, he has worked as a photo-journalist for organisations such as the UN office in Kabul. At the city’s university he founded the Department for Photography. Two of his films – titled LITTLE AFGHANISTAN and BIRD STREET IS MY HOME – were screened at the Festival DOK in Leipzig and at the Documenta in Kassel, and he has worked at the Kabul International Documentary and Short Film Festival for four years. As an activist, Seerat has often been a victim of persecution and terrorist attacks. He was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2004, but managed to flee and continue his work afterwards. He was honoured by the organisation Image and Voice of Hope in New York in 2012.


Daniela Sidi

Daniela Rachminov Sidi, born and raised in Italy, studied Cinema and Television at the University of Tel Aviv. She has filled both production and direction roles at the Educational Israeli TV and at the Children’s Israeli TV Channel. MUSSA is her debut feature documentary. 

Mark Terkessidis

The psychologist, author and migration researcher Dr Mark Terkessidis earned his doctorate in pedagogy with a focus on racism. Along with several monographs, he has also published numerous articles about subjects like youth and popular culture, migration and racism in newspapers and broadcast stations such as tageszeitung, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Bremen and DeutschlandFunk. Dr Terkessidis is a member of the advisory board of the Zukunftsakademie NRW in Bochum and at the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. Since 2012, he has taught at the University of St. Gallen and directed the project “Heimatlieder aus Deutschland” together with Jochen Kühling.

Katrin Willmann

Katrin Willmann has overseen the film division of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) since 2002, where she is responsible for many projects, including film publications and seminars, the initiative “Filmkanon”, the internet site, as well as cooperations with film festivals and DVD and internet projects relevant to film education. In addition to her work on the conference “Film, Flight and Interculturality” at bpb in 2016 she is directing the European Audience Award in Berlin initiated by the European Film Academy, as well as the hands-on film project “Mix It!”, organised by the German Film Academy and the organisation Bilder Bewegen e.V. She is deputy chair of the advisory board of Vision Kino gGmbH and a member of the advisory board at the FILM+SCHULE NRW. She oversees the project “Klassiker sehen – Filme verstehen” together with the German Film Academy.


Schaumainkai 41
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Public transportation
Bus 46 (Museumsuferlinie) / Stop “Untermainbrücke”
Metro U1, U2, U3, U8 / Stop “Schweizer Platz”
Tram 15, 16, 19 / Stop “Schweizer-/Gartenstraße”
U4, U5 / Stop “Willy-Brandt-Platz”

Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
Markt 44
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Public transportation
Metro U4, U5 / Stop “Dom/Römer“

Rossmarkt 7
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Public transportation
Metro U1, U2, U3, U6, U7 / Stop “Hauptwache“
Metro U4, U5 / Stop “Dom/Römer“
Tram 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 / Stop “Hauptwache“

Römerberg 27
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Public transportation
Metro U4, U5 / Stop “Dom/Römer“

Hotel suggestions

Hotel suggestions for your stay in Frankfurt

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