Event: Virtual Cinematic Walk with Popo Fan – May 31

Published May 2020
Location Online
Popo Fan by Silvan Hagenbrock


In 2017, queer filmmaker Popo Fan equipped himself with his script research project “8 hours in Berlin“. With the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in the context of the „Grenzgänger“-program, he moved from his home in Beijing to the city that had sparked his curiosity and entered Berlin’s local scene. He then spent almost a year discovering Berlin’s Asian community, queer culture and nightlife. Through new friendships he got involved into different projects that motivated him to stay in Berlin for longer.

This year, Popo Fan got invited by the “CITYMAKERS China-Europe”-program to kick-off the first in the series of CITYMAKERS-Walking interventions in Berlin and share with the community his “personal Berlin walk” collaborating with CITYMAKERS-own Silvan Hagenbrock, urbanist and editor. Silvan and Popo met 2017 at Chai.China-Filmfestival in Leipzig and then started a dialogue on the topic of urban queer spaces between Beijing and Berlin. For our “cinematic (virtual) walk” they will be equipped with a camera tracing Popo’s neighbourhood Berlin-Neukölln from Kottbusser Damm to Boddinstraße while having the following questions in mind:

 How does the queer neighborhood of Neukölln appear through a cinematic lense? How does a queer filmmaker influence the way he perceives the city and interacts with it? And in general: What makes the city liveable in Popo’s eyes?

Created in cooperation by the programs CITYMAKERS China-Europe 城市创者 and the Grenzgängerfestival //open:closed borders// this is a first in a series of 4 CITYMAKERS-Walking interventions happening in 2020.

Activism, LGBTQ+, food & film culture, sex crusing, gentrification and expats in Berlin are further themes of inquiry along this personal tour that Popo Fan will take us through his Berlin.

  • Date & Time: Sunday, 31 May 2020, 7-11pm
  • Location: Online
  • Event schedule:
    7pm: Video premiere
    8pm-9:30pm: Panel discussion with Popo Fan, Carmen Herold, Mo Sun and Silvan Hagenbrock
    Till 11 pm: Online space (to watch video) is open

RSVP: To participate, send us an e-mail to info@c-makers.de. We will then provide you with the link to enter our online spaces for the event. Registration deadline is May 28th.

Mo Su
Carmen Herold by Rachel Israela
Popo Fan by Marvin Girbig


From 2014 to 2016, Momo worked as media manager for the Beijing LGBT center, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights in China. He is intimately familiar with China’s systemic use of censorship on queer issues, and with the ways used by Chinese NGOs to continue their queer activism despite the overall societal and political pressure. In 2016, he moved to Germany, where he works for a Berlin art studio doing editing, photography and film production. In 2018 he produced the documentary “Block and Censor” (Chen Awei, China, 2018), a film based on the lawsuit undertaken by the queer filmmaker Fan Popo against the Chinese censors after they blocked one of his queer films online.

Carmen Herold is of Chinese-German descent and currently based between Berlin and Bejing, where she has prior to her graduate studies of Cultural Theory and History at the Humboldt-University Berlin worked in the cultural department of the Goethe-Insitut Beijing. There she was entrusted with the co-curation and organization of the 4th and 5th Festival for German cinema amongst other art and theatre projects in China as well as South Korea. In 2018, she co-founded the nightclub and cultural space Zhao Dai 招待所 in Beijing, where she acts as music director and frequently organizes music and gender-related talks, workshops and photo exhibitions. As a DAAD scholarship holder, Carmen will go on to complete a research year at NYU, which will allow her to further pursue her research in the fields of Chinese popular culture, music and history of ideas. Her incessant engagement with the contemporary Chinese cultural scene have repeatedly led to participations in talks and projects as freelance curator and writer.

Popo Fan is a Berlin-based filmmaker, writer and activist from China. His queer documentaries have made a notable impact on Chinese society. From 2016, he has concentrated on scripted, sex-positive shorts. He has served as an organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, and is also the founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. Additionally, he participated in Berlinale Talents 2017 and was a jury member of the Teddy Award in 2019.


城市创者 X 无界行者

2017年,范坡坡因其剧本研究项目《柏林八小时》入选博世基金会的“Grenzgänger 無界行者”项目,来到柏林。这一年中,他走访了柏林的犄角旮旯,深入了解亚洲社群、酷儿文化和夜生活。不仅结识许多朋友,他更参与了好几个项目,目前居住于此。

今年,受邀于“中欧城市创者项目”,坡坡将引领“城市创者漫步”系列,呈现他的“柏林私人珍藏”。合作对象包括来自“城市创者”,本身作为城市规划者、编辑的思尔闻。两人相识于莱比锡的中国电影节,而后因北京、柏林酷儿都市空间的话题碰撞出许多火花。这次我们将由思尔闻的摄像机带领,跟随坡坡来到柏林新克尔恩的小小社区,带着以下问题,从Kottbusser Damm一直走到Boddinstraße:
#酷儿社群的影像化呈现 #城市空间的私人化想象 #酷儿视角的理想宜居城市
#社会运动 #LGBTQ+ #美食 #电影文化 #性 #士绅化 #柏林外来人口


时间:2020年5月31日 19:00 – 23:00
时间表:19:00 短片在线首映, 20:00-21:30 在线座谈,对谈嘉宾:范坡坡、Carmen Herold、孙末、思尔闻,
23:00 在线空间结束
活动预约专线:info@c-makers.de 请于5月28日之前发送邮件。