Tania Libre

14.02.2017/ 05:00 p.m.
Sony Center, Postdamer Strasse 4
10785 Berlin, Germany

Film première

Tania Libre

a film by
Lynn Hershman Leeson

USA / Germany 2017

English, Spanish

Documentary form
73 min · Colour

Dr Frank Ochberg is a New York-based psychiatrist and trauma specialist. His specialism is post-traumatic stress disorder and the Stockholm Syndrome. Cuban artist Tania Bruguera consults him after spending eight months in a Cuban prison. A dissident, she was accused of treason for a performance she was developing that was critical of the government. During her conversations with her therapist she analyses the revolutionary potential of art and how the censor intervened even before she was able to perform the piece in question. The short-term, spontaneous and transitory nature of performance art represents a means to criticise the Cuban government. Just six months after her release an undaunted Bruguera was already inviting artists from all over the world to Cuba. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s previous documentaries Strange Culture and Women Art Revolution – A Secret History, both of which screened in thePanorama, closely scrutinised the concept of political and critical art forms. In her new work, she has chosen to collaborate once more with Tilda Swinton who narrates Bruguera’s ‘Manifesto on Artists’ Rights’.


Tania Bruguera
Frank Ochberg
Tilda Swinton (Narrator)


Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Director of Photography: Hiro Narita, Shane King

Editor: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shane King

Music: Ibeyi

Sound: Dan Olmsted

Production Manager: Celia Kitchell

Producer: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Co-Producers: Celia Kitchell, Alexandra Phelps, Michael Henrichs