Please note that the event may have to be cancelled at short notice due to the pandemic
Film by Ineke Smits
The film by Dutch director Ineke Smits (Stout&Smits) about the troubadour Sipa Labakhua takes us through different places and to different people living in Abkhazia. Sipa Labakhua is an artist who left Abkhazia with his family in the early 1990s. He has come back to tell the story of his father, who tried to mediate in the conflict in the early 1990s but was unsuccessful and left Abkhazia, only to return later in old age. The son travels through Abkhazia as a showman with a puppet theatre and tells the story of his family. He asks questions about the idea of homeland and about flight and return.
In conversation with director Ineke Smits and ZOiS researcher Diana Bogishvili, we want to talk about homeland and flight in a region shaped to this day by an unresolved conflict.
The event will be held in German.
The event is part of the series ZOiS Forum.
The ZOiS Forum brings together academic, artistic, and political perspectives on the issues driving Eastern Europe today. Our aim is to make the significance and variety of our region of research accessible to a broad audience. Readings, discussions, presentations, and film screenings take place once a month during the semester.