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Storytelling as Spiritual Vehicle – Arnheim Lecture

3. Juli 2017 | 19:30 - 22:00


A Response to the Armenian Genocide and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

in englischer Sprache

We look around the world today and see more clearly than ever the power of narrative. Whomever controls the narrative, maintains the power. Storytelling is something that is inherently human, and inherently shapes the world we live in. Which stories we subscribe to and how we use them to dominate or be dominated create our reality. Tragedies, like the Armenian Genocide and the current catastrophe in Syria, have certain dominant narratives attached to them which in many ways do not allow for a shift in perspective nor transcendence of the wounds they have created. Ms. Tatoyan is interested in the intersection of the power of storytelling and Eastern teachings to shed a light on how we navigate trauma and sublimate the very calcified and damaging narratives that keep us entrenched in identity politics and disempowerment. How can an appropriated narrative be reclaimed holistically, non-violently and to the benefit and elevation of all? This talk will explore how Ms. Tatoyan is broaching these issues with her current work as a filmmaker.

Sona Tatoyan is a Syrian-Armenian-American stage/film actor, writer and producer, now based in Berlin. She is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City and holds a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Wake Forest University, where the mentorship of the poet Dr. Maya Angelou was instrumental in inspiring her work today as an artist and activist.

Currently, Ms. Tatoyan is in pre-production to star in Celestina, a feature film she is also producing through her production company Door/Key Productions alongside her mentor Academy Award® winning producer Barrie M. Osborne. As both a producer and actress, Ms. Tatoyan is in pre-production with the feature film Three Apples Fell From Heaven, a historical epic on the still denied Armenian Genocide, to be directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur produced through her new Berlin based social justice film production company, Disruptive Narrative, with her producing partner, the international human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson.

Ms. Tatoyan and Ms. Robinson have also formed the Berlin based non-profit, Hakawati: – a project in partnership with The Sundance Institute to provide storytelling workshops in various disciplines of cinema to refugee youth.

Dr. Pascal Decker
Geschäftsführender Vorstand
Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

Prof. Dr. Michaela Marek
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte

Prof. Sona Tatoyan

bis 22.00 Uhr

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3. Juli 2017
19:30 - 22:00


Stiftung Brandenburger Tor