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“Shooting Ourselves” by Christine Cynn

: Jun 23, 2017, 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institut Toronto

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Documenting Rimini Protokoll’s “Situation Rooms”

Programmed and presented by the Goethe-Institut
In partnership with the Luminato Festival

SHOOTING OURSELVES is a dreamlike window onto the human experience of a world at war.

SHOOTING OURSELVES (Norway, Denmark, Germany, 2016, 87 min), directed by Christine Cynn

Canadian Premiere

SHOOTING OURSELVES was filmed entirely on the Berlin set of ‘Situation Rooms’, a show by German theatre legends, Rimini Protokoll, who are frequent visitors at the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Last year, the Luminato Festival in partnership with the Goethe-Institut presented this award-winning multi-player video installation to a sold-out house.

Featuring a rare ensemble of people whose lives are intimately connected to weapons, SHOOTING OURSELVES is set against a backdrop of increasing global violence. The protagonists came to dramatize their personal experiences – from underground missile factories to the most highly contested borders of the world. They create a new type of immersive theatre where audience members play roles guided by films on handheld devices.

Step through one door and you’re in a street demonstration in Homs, Syria. The next door leads you to a cubicle in San Diego where a drone operator drops bombs on villagers in Waziristan, Pakistan.

US film director Christine Cynn continues the exploration of performance and violence begun in THE ACT OF KILLING (which she co-directed), juxtaposing dramatic reenactments with unscripted moments of private reflection and backstage conversation between protagonists, from heated exchanges on “collateral damage” to banter about diplomatic picnics at Osama Bin Laden’s abandoned compound.

The Berlin-based collective Rimini Protokoll, consisting of Stefan Kaegi, Helgard Haug, and Daniel Wetzel, are ranked among the inventors of reality theatre without actors, engaging their audience in interactive experiences or letting citizens reenact their own stories. The trio focuses on the frontier between reality and fiction, using theatre and technology to create unusual perspectives on reality.

Details: Language: English / with subtitles. Price: free admission, first come, first served. Doors open @ 5:30pm

In association with Germany @ Canada 2017
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The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. In Canada we are represented by three Goethe-Instituts in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto. Outside of these cities we offer special online courses as well as examinations centres with...
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