Comrades of Time - Jihan El-Tahri

Comrades of Time

Comrades of Times is a project that researches any form of knowledge that was suppressed based on historically autocratic and oppressive systems, starting from colonialism and slavery, to nationalism and neoliberalism.

The project tries to find out which form of knowledge, science, and art has been developed during the struggle to dismantle those oppressive systems.

School of the Global South

What is the Global South?
Terms like ‘Global South’ are created in relation to an imaginary world center. We could add more terms such as ‚the West‘ or the ‚the East‘. With the constant use of these terminologies the political concepts behind it are normalized. The School of the Global South shall investigate the concept behind the term ‘Global South’, and uncover stories, knowledge and perspectives concealed by it.



Behind the Rainbow - Jihan El-Tahri

'Behind the Rainbow' documentary film by Jihan El-Tahri.

Friday, 13 March 2020, 6 pm Event Canceled due to Corona

Behind the Rainbow

Film and Discussion with Jihan El-Tahri

The film Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent veterans, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under apartheid, they were once brothers in arms. Under Mandela’s administration, they loyally labored to build a non-racial state. Now, they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

The film features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders, including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki, and Terror Lekota. Examining previous events that the country’s political decision-makers have agreed to bury for the sake of democracy, BEHIND THE RAINBOW is a behind-the-scenes look at South Africa's seemingly miraculous transformation.

This event is part of the series ‘School of the Global South’ and ‘Comrades of Time’, and is curated by Ahmed Isamaldin.

This event will be in English.



Jihan El-Tahri

Jihan El Tahri is a multi-award-winning film director, writer, visual artist, and producer. She currently serves as the General Director of the Berlin-based documentary support institution DOX BOX. El Tahri has been a member of The Academy (Oscars) since 2017. She has directed more than 15 films and her visual art exhibitions have traveled to renowned museums and several Biennales around the world. She continues to mentor in various documentary and filmmaking labs. El Tahri has served on the boards of several African film organizations including the Federation of Pan African Cinema and The Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora.