Lemesos International Documentary Festival
August 1-8, 2023

First Screening & Discussion: Tuesday, August 1st, at 19:00

Friday, June 30 2023

7 pm
Haig Aivazian, Santi Mas de Xaxàs Faus, and Michael Koppe discuss housing issues in their respective cities and present different strategies for confronting them.
Moderated by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marina Christodoulidou, Peter Eramian

Haig Aivazian is an artist based in Beirut. During his work as artistic director of the Beirut Art Center (2020-2022) he founded the online magazine thederivative.org
Santi Mas de Xaxàs Faus is an activist at PAH (Plataforma de Afectadas por la Hipoteca; engl. ), a Spanish grassroots organization that fights for the right to housing. PAH is a horizontal, nonviolent, assembly-based and nonpartisan movement. To the download of the PAH Handbook published by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Michael Koppe is a member of the Munich-based new building project Görzer128 part of the Mietshäuser Syndicate.

8.30 pm
Film screening “The Broken Pitcher” (69 min.)

Friday, July 7 2023

7 pm
Introduction by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marina Christodoulidou, Peter Eramian. In English language.
Live performances by Raissa Angeli and Natalie Yiaxi. Parts in English language.

Raissa Angeli is a visual artist living and working in Nicosia, Cyprus. She works mainly in the field of sculpture.
Natalie Yiaxi is a multidisciplinary artist based in Nicosia. Through the use of different mediums, devices and strategies, her work encompasses an ongoing attempt to capture the ineffable, the unnoticed, and those affectual aspects of everyday life.

Film screening “The Broken Pitcher” (69 min.). English and German subtitles.

Friday, July 14 2023

Please note! The event starts one hour later: 8 pm
Sabine Herrmann from the Mietshäuser Syndicate Project Ligsalz 8 (Munich), Verena Hägler from the Mietshäuser Syndicate Project Initiative Wörth8 (Munich) and Magdalena Amann from the Project Initiative sherlo (Augsburg) present their organizations. Event in German.

9.15 pm
Film screening “The Broken Pitcher” (69 min.). English and German subtitles.

Friday, July 21 2023

Please note! The event starts one hour later: 8 pm
Moritz Burgkardt from #ausspekuliert presents the work of the grassroots initiative. #ausspekuliert has been campaigning for affordable housing and against social exclusion in our cities and across the country since 2018. In German.

On the occasion of the last screening of “The Broken Pitcher” in Munich, the eponymous record “The Broken PitcherA Soundbank” is being released. Emiddio Vasquez, founder of the label and event series Moneda (Cyprus and Arizona), is present for a performance in which attendants will witness the manufacturing process of the record while engaging in collective listening, leading up to its official release. In English language.

9.15 pm
Film screening “The Broken Pitcher” (69 min.). English and German subtitles.


The focal point of the project The Broken Pitcher is an event that occurred in Cyprus in 2019: a meeting took place at a bank in Larnaca to negotiate the foreclosure sale of a family home. Foreclosures are one of the austerity measures that were imposed on the Cypriot government by the troika of representatives from the EU Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund after the financial crisis in 2012.

For The Broken Pitcher, the meeting room was reconstructed and furnished by artists. Based on the memory protocols of the family involved and their lawyer, the situation in the bank was re-enacted by actors and filmed. The scene ends with the question: Ιn your opinion, what should the bank employees do? In the second part of the film, we see the different ways in which people react to this question. Their answers reflect the perspectives of various interest groups in Cyprus – housing rights activists in Barcelona, Berlin and Beirut, people who have experienced similar situations, lawyers, economists and artists.

The project The Broken Pitcher relies on collaboration. It addresses the question of how the financial system works and whether it is possible to intervene in its processes and change them. The exhibition in Leipzig presents the walk-in spatial installation, the film, video interviews, photos and research material.