Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
…As a film created by a white German feminist
colleague and comrade of Lorde’s, the film importantly includes many of Lorde’s imperatives
to white feminist would-be allies, whom Lorde called on urgently during a time in Berlin,
much like today, when neo-Nazi violence against people of color and immigrants made clear
the genocidal persistence of white supremacy. Schultz shows Lorde talking to packed rooms
of mostly white women in the tone of tough love and outrage. I know that many women of color
who are tired of telling white feminists what Audre Lorde and many other feminists of color
have already stated so clearly hope that our would-be allies will pay special attention to
these moments in the film. … read more
A year has passed since Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 had it’s world
premier at the Berlinale.
Since then film has screened at over 40 festivals, and many other venues, worldwide, including conferences
in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Here some news on the Spring tour with the film undertaken by Marion Kraft
…The film screening was followed by a panel which brought together transnational
and local community voices: Gloria Wekker, professor coming from the Netherlands and founder of the
women of color group “Sister Outsider,” Marion Kraft from Germany, translator of Lorde’s
poetry and protagonist in the film, Carol Allain, African Canadian activist of the group “Sistering” drop-in
services for disenfranchised women, Farrah Khan, activist and counselor in the field of violence against
women and coordinator of Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Program and Susan Blight,
Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation, a visual artist and educator. This was a very moving and
enlightening podium discussion lasting late into the night. Read more…
There is expanding interest in the film, e.g. a German AIDS project is screening
it. We hope that the film will reach not only universities but also schools…for
that reason Marion Kraft designed the Study Guide, which
can be found here (also
on the web site!
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