Berlinale Night Talk: Tania Libre
Film Review, Interview
Feb 14, 2017
Knut Elstermann

Director Lynn Hershman Leeson and actress Tania Bruguera from the documentary “Tania Libre” (Panorama) appear at the Berlinale Nighttalk with Knut Elstermann.

Dr. Frank Ochberg is a psychiatrist and trauma specialist in New York. His specialty is post traumatic stress disorders and Stockholm syndrome. The famous Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, after having been a prisoner of conscience in Cuba for eight months, is accused of treason for the preparation of a government-critical performance. In a conversation with the therapist, she analyzes the revolutionary potential of art and a censorship authority that intervenes before the actual genesis of the work. Performance art, with its short-term, spontaneous and ephemeral elements, is a way to criticize the Cuban state. Bruguera can not be discouraged; six months after her release, she invites artists from all over the world to Cuba.