Radical Film at the Dawn of a New Society – 2023

Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus & Alexandra Weltz-Rombach, eds.

Can radical film practices help to understand a disintegrating world? Can radical media have a healing effect? And what does radical cultural practice look like in times like today, when everywhere we look there seems to lurk even more acute challenges.


In this collection, we investigate cultural practices of audio-visual production that act on and struggle with the conditions of our time. The book introduces diverse radical media and audio-visual strategies that have been impactful and could further facilitate social and political transformations. The variegated contributions to the book have been submitted by activists, artists, and film practitioners, as well as academics and critics, who all share the commitment to experiment with ways of thinking, knowing, doing, seeing, and valuing through film, art, and media production. The interviews, essays, manifestos, photographs, poems, maps, and drawings critically engage with issues of social transformation and insist on a pluriversal rethinking of the image in film, art and digital media.


The collection was edited by members of the Berlin chapter of the Radical Film Network—an international group of activists, academics, filmmakers, and programmers involved in radical film culture. 


Radical Film at the Dawn of a New Society. Edited by Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus & Alexandra Weltz-Rombach. With contributions by Kaveh Abbasian, John Akomfrah, Antoine Alesandrini, Alternative Fictions, Neil Mauricio Andrade, Kia Yee Ang, Hongwei Bao, Leenah Najeiah Bassouni, Ursula Biemann, Emre Birişmen, Bela Brillowska, Mariola Brillowska, Débora Butruce, Cinemateca Brasileira, Scott Caruth, Özge Çelikaslan, Gerone Centeno, Andrew Conio, Andrea Culkova, Owen Davey, Jaana Davidjants, Epoy Deyto, Şirin Fulya Erensoy, Ken Fero, Andrea Ancira García, Marie Gavois , Jacob Geuder, Yulia Gillich, Tobias Gralke, Graw Böckler, Gala Hernández López, Sohrab Hura, Magdalena Kallenberger, Keiken, Michel Klöfkorn, Laura Klöckner , Julia Lazarus, Achim Lengerer, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Kathryn Lofton, Chrystèle Nicot, Abhishek Nilamber, Antje Majewski, Samira Makki, Magda Malinowska, Regina de Miguel, Ash Moniz, Meredith Morran, Marit Östberg, Volker Pantenburg, Michael Pierce, Judy Rabinowitz Price, The Radical Cinema Reading Collective , Monika Rodriguez, Joshua Sales, Juli Saragosa, Elsa de Seynes, Sikad, Rod Stoneman, Mario Pfeifer , Sandra Schäfer, Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, Vangjush Vellahu, Ina Wudtke, Hana Yoo, Dina El Zeneiny, Paul Khahliso Matela Zisiwe. Design by Katja Gretzinger.


Book specifications to be announced.


Forthcoming in 2023