a film by Dagmar Schultz


Germany | 2011 | 84:00 min

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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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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
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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
  • Editor Aletta von Vietinghoff
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