At the center of Sonne are three Viennese teenagers who go viral with a self-made video: the three friends Yesmin, Bella and Nati twerk in hijabs to Losing my Religion by REM and become famous overnight. Contrary to Yesmin’s expectations, who is the only Kurd among them, her father enthusiastically supports the band life of the three and drives them from gig to gig. Meanwhile, Yesmin herself develops rather ambivalent feelings towards the cultural appropriation of her friends, which is performed as a matter of course. But Nati and Bella show little understanding towards her and react distantly to Yesmin’s attempts to let their friends share their emotions. The situation finally threatens to escalate when they meet two Kurdish men at one of the performances who seem to be flirting with Nati and Bella.
An impressive coming-of-age feature film debut, which received the award for Best First Feature from the GWFF (Society for the Administration of Film and Television Rights) at the Berlinale in 2022. A story about rebels and young people between social media and self-discovery.
After the film screening, a discussion with Kurdwin Ayub and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah
Kurdwin Ayub was born in Iraq in 1990. She lives and works as a director and screenwriter in Vienna. From 2008-2013 she studied painting and experimental animation film at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. At the same time, she completed her studies in performative art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2010 she has taken part in various film festivals and individual presentations in Germany and abroad. In 2011 and 2012 Ayub received the Viennale Short Film Prize and in 2013 the Vienna Independent Shorts Newcomer Film Prize. Her first feature film, the documentary Paradise! Paradise!, for which Ayub was responsible for directing, writing and camera, was screened at international film festivals and won the award for best camera at Diagonale 2016, the New Waves Non Fiction Award at the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2016 and the Carte Blanche Young Talent Award at Duisburger Filmwoche 2016. For her feature film debut Sonne, she was awarded the GWFF Best First Feature Award at the 2022 Berlinale.
Hengameh Yaghoobifarah writes journalistic texts, columns, essays and novels. Hengameh has also been a member of the editorial team at Missy Magazine since 2014. In 2019, the volume of essays “Your home is our nightmare”, edited together with Fatma Aydemir, was published, in 2021 the debut novel “Ministry of Dreams”. Hengameh is currently working on the second novel as a scholarship holder of the German Literature Fund.
CINEMA + CONTEXT is curated by Tara Afsah, Lilian Pfeuffer and Raquel Kishori Dukpa. The focus is on films and their contextualization from a decolonial and intersectional feminist perspective.
Tara Afsah was born in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 1990. She studied at the University of the Arts with a focus on media theory, film and audiovisual communication. She works as a filmmaker, is part of the material development department at Komplizen Film and does live camera and video for theater productions, including Ballhaus Ost, Kosmos Theater in Vienna, Festspiele am Plötzensee and the Schauspielhaus Graz. In March 2020, together with Lilian Pfeuffer, she founded the event series Cinema + Context, which takes place regularly at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Tara has been working at Komplizen Film since September 2020 in material development for cinema and series.
Lilian Pfeuffer was born in Berlin in 1989. She has worked as a freelancer for various film production and distribution companies, as well as for the Pro Quote Film association. She gained festival experience at the Berlinale and the Max Ophüls Prize, where she headed the film festival’s co-production meeting in 2017 and 2018 and curated themed panels as part of the industry program MOP-Industry. At the beginning of 2020, she founded the event series Cinema + Context together with Tara Afsah. Lilian has also been working part-time for the film press agency Media Office since 2019, and she also does freelance target group work for cinema films (e.g. FUTUR DREI) for cinema exploitation.
Raquel Kishori Dukpa grew up in Berlin-Kreuzberg. She studied in Hildesheim with a focus on film, queer feminist theory and popular culture. She has been part of JÜNGLINGE since 2016 and worked as casting director, in production and in research for the joint debut film Futur Drei. She is the editor of the catalog I See You – thoughts on the film Futur Drei (published by edition assemblage) and was the author of the sixth season of the youth series Druck (ZDF/funk). Based on Nancy Wang Yuen’s thoughts on typecasting, she deals with structures that evoke typecasting.