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Film still from BECOMING BLACK. The filmmaker in a house in West Africa, looking at photos on the wall.

Wed 01.06.

  • Director

    Ines Johnson-Spain

  • Germany / 2019
    91 min. / DCP / Original version with German subtitles

  • Original language

    German, French

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Before the film: Reading from texts by Ines Johnson-Spain, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs and Tamara Trampe Followed by a discussion with Ines Johnson-Spain, Moderated by Betty Schiel

The International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund and Cologne invites audiences to a book presentation. In this book, three generations of female directors give their own account of what they filmed. Their texts open up new ways of grappling with filmmaking from an East German perspective between 1990 and today, valuable counter-memories that defy any sort of historical simplifications. The anthology includes accounts from those working at the time, interviews, and detailed film analyses and provides a snapshot of the era from many different perspectives. Jane Chirwa and Cornelia Klauß read from texts by Ines Johnson-Spain, Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs and Tamara Trampe. Afterwards, BECOMING BLACK (Ines Johnson-Spain, Germany  2019) will be screened, the story of a little girl in East Germany in the 1960s whose white parents tells her that her black skin is a coincidence and has no significance. 40 years later, an autobiographical documentary seems like the only suitable form to ask the right questions. (Betty Schiele)

Funded by:

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