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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

english / deutsch


33 Years Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

Yes, they can! For 33 years, the creative team of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has been informing, enlightening and inspiring an international audience with numerous cross-cultural artistic and educational projects. Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has built bridges that connect people of all cultures and contribute to a better understanding and growing respect for each other. Behind the backdrop of the deep demographic and social changes that are currently taking place in Europe, the projects of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre are of crucial importance, as they accompany these social developments, provide important background information and prepare us for the related challenges of the future.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre's creative genius, Chicago-born Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, discovered his passion for theatre, song and dance after graduating with a degree in psychology and educational theory. He successfully worked for many years as an actor, dancer, producer, manager and choreographer in the United States and starred in many Broadway musicals, including Pippin, Stop The World, I Want To Get Off, Lyrics Of Sunshine And Shadows, where he portrayed the poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and was also nominated for Most Promising New Off-Broadway Actor by the New York Drama Critics for his featured roles in Contributions, a three act drama in which Donald Muldrow Griffith appeared in two of the three acts. In the early 80s, he was invited by Theater des Westens in Berlin to perform and to contribute choreography work. Berlin fascinated him and he decided to stay. Shortly afterwards, he and some of his colleagues at that time - including Gayle McKinney, who later became his wife - took action: they laid the foundation for a very special success story and founded Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

Since then, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre has implemented a wide range of great productions in the fields of dance, theatre, music, film and TV, seminar, exhibition, publication, workshops and has been honored with numerous awards for its accomplishments. In addition to awards for outstanding theatre productions and films, including A Man Without Limits and I Dream A World, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was honored for his exemplary civic engagement by the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance (Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz) for Effective Representation of Democracy and Tolerance in 2003 and 2007.

The diverse projects of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre support people of all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, to better understand themselves and others, to creatively express their individual perspectives, talents and ideas, and to share those with a wider audience. An important platform of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is the one-hour intercultural and interdisciplinary telecast THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin, broadcast twice weekly on the TV station Alex - Open Channel Berlin, via live stream on the station's website (www.alex-berlin.de), on other German TV stations and its own youtube channel (www.youtube.com/user/thecollegium). Besides artistic contributions, THE COLLEGIUM presents thought-provoking documentaries, films and discussions and invites its international audience to actively participate in the program.

This year, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre will be presenting Black International Cinema Berlin for the 28th time. Over the years, the festival has developed into one of the most important film events in Europe and enriches the cultural landscape of Berlin as an important platform for intercultural exchange. The films and documentaries to be presented are produced by independent filmmakers from around the world that provide unusual insights into foreign environments. The program also offers unique seminars and workshops on intercultural issues.

In 2013, the film festival is dedicated to the exceptionally talented William Greaves, a pioneer of African-American filmmaking, director, producer, actor and author. Greaves has won numerous awards for his remarkable work, including an Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations. During the XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2013, the audience receives the opportunity to enjoy several of his documentaries, including Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist, The First World Festival of Negro Arts and one of Greaves most ambitious works Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey.

Many thanks to Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith and his dedicated team for their exceptional commitment in striving for a better world, and the many amazing projects that always inspire and enrich our lives!

Ursula Wunder



"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don´t..."
Oscar Brown Jr.

"Mankind will either find a way or make one."
C.P. Snow

"Whatever you do..., be cool!"
Joseph Louis Turner

"Yes, I can...!"
Sammy Davis Jr.

"Yes, We can...!"
Barack Obama


Prof.  Donald Muldrow Griffith

Embassy of the United States of America

Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung

wave magazine

united against racism


African Women in Europe

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program
Fountainhead® Distribution - Film & Anthologies
Classic In Black
Portraits and Poems

Black International Cinema Berlin
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Yes, They Can! - 33 Years Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
by Ursula Wunder