Panel: Let’s talk about: Klassismus in der deutschen Filmbranche

With: 

Nenad Čupić (Systemischer Transformationsberater und Coach), Biene Pilavci (Regisseurin und Schauspielerin), Anja Willmann (ver.di Filmunion), Çağdaş Eren Yüksel (Regisseur und Produzent)

Moderation: Anne Chebu (journalist, moderator and author)

As part of the film.macht.vielfalt. series, HessenFilm und Medien invites you to a panel discussion dedicated to the topic of classism in the German film industry.

The discourse on the present and future of German film is increasingly also conducted under the keyword of classism: Who creates the images that immerse us in stories? Who decides what content finds its way to the audience and who can actually afford to "make films"? If we talk about classism, we talk about power and access, about training paths, lateral entry and the reconciliation of different realities of life - from the set to the editorial offices and film-political institutions. Our guests from academia and practice look at the meaning of classism and how classist structures impact both in front of and behind the camera from diverse perspectives.

11. May 2022

17:00 h, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst

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Duration 90 min
Language Deutsch

Panel Participants:


Nenad Čupić is a systemic coach, trainer and consultant for diversity-oriented organizational development. He has been an adjunct professor and lecturer at German universities and involved in various theater productions. His main content areas include: Critique of Discrimination, Diversity, Critique of Racism, Empowerment, Critique of (Neo)Colonialism, Whiteness, Colonial Continuities, Critique of Classism, Masculinity. Nenad Čupić is a migrant and holds a master's degree in theater studies, psychology and education.


Biene Pilavci began her directing studies at the DFFB in 2005 and realized numerous short films here. Pilavci completed her studies in 2012 with her third-year film Alleine Tanzen about the power of family. In 2013/'15 she made Chronicle of a Revolt - One Year in Istanbul about the longing for a democracy with ZDF and ARTE. Pilavci works as a freelance filmmaker, editor and writer. She is 54, of the political film network Neue Deutsche Filmemacher*innen, a fellow of the Berlin Senate for Arts and Europe and co-curator of the Berlinale Forum's supplementary series Fiktionsbescheinigung.


After studying political science in Marburg, Anja Willmann (*1978) initially worked in trade union youth education. Since 2010, she has been employed as a trade union secretary at the ver.di trade union in Frankfurt. Anja Willmann's main focus is on representing the interests of employees (employees and freelancers) in broadcasting, film, cinema and journalism. The ver.di film union campaigns for better working conditions for filmmakers; in particular for more favorable working time regulations, higher pay and improved social security.


Çağdaş Eren Yüksel (27) and his production company cocktailfilms GmbH have made it their business to combine sociopolitical issues and entertainment. Cinema documentaries such as "ASYLAND" (2015) and "Gleis11" (2021) let refugees and former guest workers have their say instead of talking about them. With web series such as "RendezWho" (2018, 1LIVE / WDR), he succeeded in reaching more than 3 million young viewers with topics around racism, sexism and discrimination. For his work as a "Social Impact" up-and-coming producer, Yüksel was most recently awarded the Creative Industries Prize of the German Federal Government as well as the Media Founder Scholarship NRW. With "Nuancen" (2022), the first fictional series from the perspective of people living in Germany who are affected by everyday racism is currently in development. The series was supported in its development by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


Anne Chebu was born in 1987 in Nuremberg, studied multimedia and communication at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and in 2012 worked as a trainee at NDR in Hamburg, Hanover and Kiel. After that she went back to Nuremberg, to London for a few months until she moved to Frankfurt am Main with her husband in 2018. Anne Chebu wrote her bachelor's thesis on "Black People in German Media", which also resulted in her book, published in 2014: "Anleitung zum Schwarzsein" - it is about Afro-German perspectives, Black German history and everyday racism. From 2015 to 2020, Anne Chebu worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk as a TV journalist and presenter ("Frankenschau"). From 2019 to 2021, she hosted the TV shows "herkules" and "Engel fragt" at Hessischer Rundfunk. Currently, Anne Chebu is working for Hessischer Rundfunk as a live reporter for "Hallo Hessen" and "die Ratgeber". Since 2020, Anne Chebu has also worked as an on-air reporter and journalist for ZDF ("Volle Kanne - Service täglich"). For many years, she has been a member of the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V. (ISD) and active in the neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen e.V. (New German Media Makers).



(in cooperation with HessenFilm und Medien)

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© Nenad Čupić
© Biene Pilavci
© Anja Willmann
© Çağdaş Eren Yüksel