Audre Lorde’s incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and women of color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. AUDRE LORDE – THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 to 1992 documents an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans - who at that time had no name or space for themselves - to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde’s empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. The film includes previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews which explore the lasting influence of Lorde’s ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz's personal archival video- and audio-recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda - to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde’s passing.
The DVD has 70mins of special features including Audre reading her poetry and reflecting on her work, meeting with South African author and activist Ellen Kuzwayo, an interview with Dagmar Schultz, a music clip by Corasón, whose music is in the film, and many more scenes of Audre Lorde in Berlin. The film has subtitles in German, English, French and Spanish!
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2012 Berlinale / PANORAMA Fringe Film Festival, London UNITED KINGDOM Torino LGBT Film Festival, Torino ITALY Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Seattle, WA USA Frameline LGBT Film Festival San Francisco Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA USA 30 Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival—Outfest, Los Angeles, CA USA Kino Watt Film Series: Black Star Festival, Philadelphia , PA USA Michigan Women's Music Festival, Michigan USA Queer Film Festival, Lisboa, Portugal ** Nomination for Best Documentary ** Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, Goethe-Institut, Castro Theater, San Francisco USA Best Documentary - Barcelona Int. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Elles tournent Festival de films de femmes, Bruxelles BELGIUM Schwul-Lesbische Filmtage, Hamburg GERMANY Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival Bologna, ITALY Florence Queer Film Festival, Florence ITALY Chéries Chéris LGBT Film Festival, Paris FRANC PERLEN Queer Film Festival, Hannover Künstlerhaus, Hannover GERMANY E Out On Film, Atlanta, Georgia USA Africa in the Picture Film Festival, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Free Zone Human Rights, Belgrade SERBIA Siren Nation Arts Film Festival, Portland, Oregon USA Queering Roma, Rome ITALY Bimovie 18 Frauenfilmfest, München GERMANY L’ art pour L’action 5 (Art for Action) - lesbian activist festival, Novi Sad SERBIA Münster-Queerstreifen (Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage), Münster GERMANY Trenton International Film Festival, New Jersey USA image+nation 25, Montréal CANADA London Feminist Film Festival, London UNITED KINGDOM
2013 Pink Life Kuir Fest, Ankara TURKEY Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs Reel Sisters Audience Ward Favorite Documentary - 16 Muestra Int. de Cine Realizado por Mujeres 2014 Best Documentary Audience Award - REELOUT QUEER FVF, Kingston, Canada
... 2018 First Queer Film Festival, Khayelitsha, Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA a.o.
Cast and Crew
Director Dagmar Schultz
Director of Photography Dagmar Schultz, Michael Seidel, Ika Hügel-Marshall