Black International Cinema Berlin

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XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin
"Future Blossoms" / "Blüten der Zukunft"

May 8-12

"Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition
"...Visions Become Reality..." / "...Visionen Werden Wirklichkeit..."

July 1-August 31


Venue: Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, 10825 Berlin/Germany
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Thursday . May 9

8 pm / 20 Uhr


Director: Precious B. Stone
Documentary, Color, 52 min.
USA 2011


"Mary Burrill's Aftermath: Connecting with the Past through Drama" examines the African American experience during the World War I era. Using the provocative short play Aftermath by early African American playwright Mary Burrill as its main focus, the video also looks at the experiences of Black soldiers who served abroad in World War I, as well as issues of oppression and injustice during that time in the United States. Through interviews with educators, the video sheds light on the playwright, her contemporaries, and social activism. The centerpiece of the video is a reading of the one act play, followed by a discussion regarding the play's themes and relevance today.

"Mary Burrill's Aftermath: Connecting with the Past through Drama" untersucht die afrikanisch-amerikanische Erfahrung während der Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs. Mit dem Hauptfokus auf das provokative Kurzdrama Aftermath, ein frühes Werk der Dramatikerin Mary Burrill, schaut das Video ebenso auf die Erfahrungen Schwarzer Soldaten, die im Ersten Weltkrieg im Ausland dienten, sowie auf Fragen der Unterdrückung und Ungerechtigkeit während jener Zeit in den Vereinigten Staaten. Mittels Interviews mit Pädagogen wirft das Video Licht auf die Dramatikerin, ihre Zeitgenossen und ihren sozialen Aktivismus. Im Mittelpunkt des Films steht die Lesung des Ein-Akters, gefolgt von einer Diskussion über die Themen des Stückes und seine Relevanz in der heutigen Zeit.

Precious B. Stone


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