Common Ground Presents: Precarities of Migrant Work

Migrant laborers’ lives are permeated with struggles hidden in plain sight: from small but deeply alienating misunderstandings to brutal exploitation. Their precarity is a web of mutually reinforcing vulnerabilities that can be traced back to systemic forms of oppression. This film and performance program presents irregular ways of narrating such experiences⁠ — all of which are different⁠, yet inextricably linked. It draws attention to critical conditions and inner lives of real and fictional migrant laborers via an intimate and empathetic look.

Following the screening of four short films, Brazilian artist Laura Carvalho will present LAURA AkiÓ-> Pützfrau_trucke⁠ — a live interactive performance that reflects her experience as an immigrant domestic worker in Berlin while drawing a parallel between the artist and domestic worker.

The one-night program at the cinema will be expanded with What’s my Line?, a series of experimental videos by Sugano Matsusaki and Pegah Kashmirshekan, which will be projected on Sinema Transtopia’s window screen from March 29th to April 3rd. 

The program is part of Common Ground Presents, a series of events curated by Lisa Hoffmann and Adela Lovric, members of the initiative Common Ground at the Berlin University of the Arts. 


Raphaël Grisey/Kàddu Yaraax, France/Senegal/Norway 2017, 27 min.

Radio Ghetto Relay
Alessandra Ferrini, Italy 2016, 16 min.

Agua Viva

Alexa Lim Haas, USA 2018, 7 min.

Blue Boy 

Manuel Abramovich, Argentina/Germany 2019, 19 min.