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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

6 pm / 18 Uhr

Director: Maia Wechsler
Documentary, Color, 60 min.
USA/France 2012
English and French with English subtitles

When Melvin and Jean McNair hijacked a plane from Detroit to Algeria in 1972 with their two children on board, they called it an act of political resistance. The hijacking was also an act of desperation committed by two people in their early twenties, who saw no other way to escape what they felt was the constant state of racial oppression in America. Living in France 40 years afterwards, contemplating the hijacking and their inability to return to the U.S., Melvin and Jean are still coming to terms with their choice and its lifelong consequences.

Als Melvin und Jean McNair 1972 ein Flugzeug von Detroit nach Algerien entführten mit ihren beiden Kindern an Board, nannten sie es einen Akt des politischen Widerstands. Die Entführung war auch ein Akt der Verzweiflung, begangen von zwei Menschen Anfang zwanzig, die keinen anderen Weg sahen, dem Zustand ständiger ethnischer Unterdrückung in Amerika zu entfliehen. Nach der Entführung vierzig Jahre in Frankreich lebend und ohne Erlaubnis, in die USA zurückzukehren, setzen sich Melvin und Jean immer noch mit ihrer Entscheidung und deren lebenslangen Folgen auseinander.






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