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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May


SATURDAY 11/05/19, 15:00 Aquarium

panel discussion on & beyond visibility

We invite filmmakers Miona Bogović, Zara Zandieh and Ulrike Zimmermann to speak about their work and the filmmakers that have inspired them. What films by and about lesbians do they cherish, what films do they love that are by and about women who desire women? What problems do lesbians and women that want to tell these stories encounter in filmmaking? How to reconcile bodies, identities and visibility with queer and aesthetic visions?

The panel discussion builds upon the screening of DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! on Friday, May 10th, 4pm. The documentary presents a brief history of lesbian and queer women filmmaking from the 70s till today. It also features Barbara Hammer, the pioneer of lesbian experimental cinema, whose work and life we celebrate throughout our entire programme this year. Her film NITRATE KISSES (1992) screens on Saturday, May 11th at 8:30pm. Another four short films by Barbara Hammer play in different short film programmes.

The panel will be moderated by Madeleine Bernstorff and Toby Ashraf.


Miona Bogović (1981) is a filmmaker based in Berlin. She* is member and co-curator of D-EST.COM, an online platform that maps out female* and collective positions that reflect the post-socialist transformation along post-geographic, horizontal, and feminist focus topics. Bogović studied at the German Film and TV Academy (dffb). She* is currently shooting her third lesbian themed film “Der Andere Zenit / The Other Zenith” as part of an artist-in-residence program Pixel, Bites and Films in Vienna – supported by ORF III, arte creative, go East Film Festival and “Oppose Othering” Programme.

Zara Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and cinematographer. In 2018, she completed her Master Studies in Art and Media at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In her visual work, Zara addresses the blank spaces, complexities and representations of marginalized subjects through a decolonial queer gaze. Zara’s work as a filmmaker and cinematographer screened at various festivals, including achtung Berlin, TLV Film Fest, XPOSED, DokLeipzig, Hot Docs, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Documenta 14 – 34 Exercises of Freedom. In 2016, won the Queer Short Film Fund from XPOSED for her short film “The Sea Is Running Thru My Veins”, which screens in XPOSED Shorts 7 on Sunday May 12th at 6pm.

Ulrike Zimmermann once studied art in Hamburg. She has made films since the 80s “Show down mit GeMi”, “Free fucking”, “Venus 220 Volt”. In the 90s, she also started working as a producer. Ever since, Ulrike Zimmermann has produced controversial arthouse films with her production company MMM Film GmbH (“Das Problem ist meine Frau”, “Fremde Haut”, “Verfolgt”). In 2011, she founded the label watch.lauramedia.de for very explicit films about sexological bodywork and Tantric practices (“Der Penis”, “G-Punkt Entdeckung”, “Orgasmic Yoga”). In 2014, she released the documentary “Vulva 3.0“ (2014) together with Claudia Richarz. Currently, Ulrike Zimmermann works on her two projects “Das Pornokartell”; und “Die erregte Frau”.



Madeleine Bernstorff is a film programmer, writer and teacher exploring early cinema, cinema of avantgardes, migration and resistance movements, in research-based, feminist, collaborative projects. Teaching film history at art academies and universities. Selection committee member at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 1985, together with Maria, she initiated the film program for Berlin’s first lesbian week at cinema Sputnik in Wedding. In 2016/17 she worked with a group producing short video sports mobilizing against the rightwing structural racism in the context of NSU-complex: www.tribunal-spots.net

Toby Ashraf works as a freelance film critic, curator, moderator, and translator. He writes for publications such as taz, Sissy, Missy Magazine, Spex, or Tagesspiegel. He moderates film talks at Berlinale for Panorama, Generation, Forum and Talents and has been running his own film festival, the Berlin Art Film Festival from 2014-2018. For CIMA Berlin he curated a monthly film series with queer Berlin films and live Arabic translation for and with LGTBIQ* refugees. In 2015, he won the Siegfried-Kracauer-Prize for best film review.




Please also find below our documentation on our previous film talks held at aquarium:

The Valie Export Experience


The Mara Mattushka Experience