Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

09/25/2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
a film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Dagmar Schultz

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

145 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley

Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film documents Audre Lorde's influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. This chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.  It is also for coming generations a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification. The film relates the beginnings of these political debates and therefore facilitates a historical analysis and an understanding of present debates on identity and racism in Germany. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s archival video- and audio recordings and footage will be made available to a wide public. The film represents an important addition to the documentary A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson which was screened at the 45th Berlin Film Festival in 1995.

Join us earlier in the day for a reading by film co-author, Ika Hügel-Marshall, from her book, Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany.  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall.

Check out the Colorlines review of the film.

Organized by the Center for Race & Gender, Gender & Women's Studies, History Department, German Department, Comparative Literature, African American Studies, and the Multicultural Community Center