A Complexion Change – Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy
An International Media Project (UNESCO)
XXXII. 2017 Black International Cinema Berlin
"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin 2017
Visual Documentation – Photographic Exhibition
THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin
Black International Cinema Berlin - Archive Film Presentation
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
in association with
Cultural Zephyr e.V.
May 12-14, 2017
Film Presentation: May 12, 4 pm
Opening Ceremony: May 12, 6 pm
Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte (House of Democracy and Human Rights)
Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
A Complexion Change
“I know a way exists...”
From May 12-14, 2017, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre presents under the production and direction of Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith, the 32nd edition of the annual festival Black International Cinema Berlin. The event will occur for the 2nd time at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Robert-Havemann-Saal (House of Democracy and Human Rights, Robert-Havemann-Hall) and will take place under the title A COMPLEXION CHANGE - "I know a way exists ...".
Many years ago, an invitation from Theater des Westens to West-Berlin Germany, led to the founding of Fountainhead® Tanz Thèâtre in 1980 and subsequently, Black International Cinema Berlin, THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin and Cultural Zephyr e.V., and the beginning of artistic cultural creations at the Tempodrom, Amerika Haus and additional Berlin, European and international venues.
An idea of a Black Cultural Festival arose, as an awareness of the existence of persons from Africa and the African Diaspora became increasingly apparent, including knowledge about the military forces of the USA, British and French personnel stationed in West-Berlin. Accompanying our maturation process, was the need to provide ourselves and the public with information regarding the historical contributions of descendants from the African continent.
With the support of our German colleagues and as interest from the above stated groups developed, we established the 1st Black Cultural Festival in Europe in 1986, during 3 weeks of excitement, ideas and toil!
The Black International Cinema Berlin began during the 3rd festival week, at the Arsenal Cinema with the support of Erika and Ulrich Gregor and so the week of film from the continent of Africa and additional intercultural diasporic countries was founded.
A vision of possibilities fortunately, always shone before us and provided a path of enlightenment for our continuation of cultural development and events in a variety of fields, until the present.
This light we wish to share with other persons, as in the past and hopefully, future tomorrows.
I know a way exists for ourselves and you!
Let us continue to strive and thrive together.
I know a way exists...
During current times of international concern regarding the increasingly frustrated and angry citizens of many countries, at their being omitted from the socioeconomic progress of their societies and the admittance of newcomers, “I know a way exists...” is thought and felt to be a dynamic formula for addressing their economic, social and psychological needs.
“Politics is a concentrated expression of economics” - Vladimir Lenin
During May 12-14, 2017 at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, a number of filmmakers are displaying their means of demonstrating through visual arts, how they “know a way exists.”
“Yes, we can and Yes, we better…” - Barack Obama and Donald Muldrow Griffith
“I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won’t if I don’t…” - Oscar Brown Jr.
The 32nd edition of the Black International Cinema Berlin 2017 addresses “A Complexion Change” a historical sharing of human contributions to and within many world societies.
“I know a way exists...” seeks to contribute constructive approaches to these historical developments, while also creating peaceful means toward each society's adaptation to their new worlds.
During the festival, films from Africa, the African Diaspora and contributions with intercultural and international issues are presented. The majority of the films are independent productions which in Germany may only be screened at the Black International Cinema Berlin. The films, including short and long narratives, documentaries and experimental films arriving this year from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Italy, USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Slovenia, Austria, Pakistan, Madagascar, Belgium, Portugal und Colombia.
The visual presentation “Footprints in the Sand?” ExhibitionBerlin 2017, Ricky's book stand with more then 200 works from international Black authors and two seminars entitled “So, you wanna make a documentary?” by Prof. Ken Wyatt and “Is Donald Trump the Thilo Sarrazin of the USA?” by Alinka Seth address “I know a way exists...” through literature, artistic expression and thought provoking discourse.
Our event offers in a respectful atmosphere the opportunity to travel to places, which are often inaccessible to us. These insights and the possibility of cultural and artistic exchange are a valuable treasure in regards to our efforts to achieve increased understanding, growing cooperation and constructive coexistence in our changing societies.
A Complexion Change
“I know a way exists...”
Admission to all events is without charge.
For further information:
Tel.: 0176-38085459, 030-7821621
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