March 2018, arsenal cinema

Public Screening – The Harun Farocki Institut presents

BLUES PEOPLE, 1968

Skip Norman, who was born in Baltimore in 1933 and died in Washington DC in 2015, was a student at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in 1966, the first year of its existence. He went on to become a director and worked on 27 dffb productions. The titles of his films all hint at the struggle to assert an Afro-American identity in a world shaped by whites. CULTURAL NATIONALISM (1969), BLACK MANS VOLUNTEER ARMY OF LIBERATION (1970) or STRANGE FRUIT (1970) named after the song by Billie Holiday. BLUES PEOPLE (1968) adapted parts of the play “Dutchman“ by his peer LeRoi Jones (who later became Amiri Baraka). “They say, ‘I love Bessie Smith‘ and don’t even understand that Bessie Smith is saying, ‘Kiss my ass, kiss my black unruly ass.‘“ We will be showing five of Skip Norman’s films from Arsenal and Deutsche Kinemathek’s archive. (HaFi). (22.3.)

arsenal cinema: Public Screening – The Harun Farocki Institut presents

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Blues People

Cultural Nationalism

Black Man’s Volunteer Army of Liberation

Strange Fruit, USA 1970

Washington D.C. November 1970

*Blues People Skip Norman FRG 1968
16 mm English OV 18 min
*Cultural Nationalism Skip Norman FRG 1969
16 mm English OV 11 min
*Black Man’s Volunteer Army of Liberation Skip Norman USA 1970
16 mm English OV43 min
*Strange Fruit, USA 1970 Skip Norman USA 1970
16 mm English OV 29 min
*Washington D.C. November 1970 Skip Norman USA 1970
16 mm English OV 18 min

Presented by Harun Farocki Institut
arsenal cinema: Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Ai nu

Ai nu Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan Chor Yuen 1972
With Lily Ho, Betty Pei Ti, Yueh Hua
35 mm OV/EnS 90 min
Courtesy to Celestial Pictures Limited