Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

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“Dagmar,

I had my first meal in Berlin at Bejte Ethiopia, a restaurant on Zietenstraße 8. I now know this was Audre’s home at the end of the eighties. That night I sat alone and ordered a small Injera dish with a glass of Prosecco. I watched imaginary girls; Audre would’ve seen them standing outside her window on Bulöwstraße, too young to be prostitutes.

During my first month in Germany I walked down this almost-street on the afternoons. In July, a bush of pink roses started to grow right in front of the restaurant and I couldn’t stop myself from visiting it. Maybe I was looking for her. I didn’t know that Audre had paved the way for me to proudly stand there, and I was happy to see her laying this foundation in your film. And she does so not only in her poetry and activism, but also in the way she stirred her cappuccinos, how she wore her cowboy hat and laid by the canal. How she carefully sliced beets like making a poem.

I heard of Audre before, here in Berlin she has often been my only company. During my first nights I read from Zami until sun came out. Then I would call my mother, loving her in Audre’s words. Like Audre’s work, your film is an acknowledgement of the women who keep us alive, and who lead us home. Thank you for allowing me to sit in the presence of Audre, and for introducing me to the words of May Ayim.”

Mayra Rodriguez Castro August 8, 2017 (read more comments)

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reelsisters International Film & Photography Festiva
International Film Festival: Women—Social Issues—Zero Discrimination ** GOLD AWARD Best Documentary **
Barcelona International LGBT Film Festival, Barcelona, SPAIN ** Audience Award for Best Documentary **  

With 69 festivals and hundreds of screenings by 2017 the film has received enthusiastic responses around the world.... There is expanding interest in the film. We hope that the film will also reach schools. For that reason Marion Kraft designed the Study Guide, which can be found (also in German) on the Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 -1992 web site!

Audre Lorde Berlin City TourThe digital Audre Lorde in Berlin Online Journey is particularly suited for teaching, since you can choose particular locations to introduce discussions on Audre Lorde and her work, on German politics, Black Germans, antisemitism and racism in German, on (white) feminism and on the challenges of the 80s and early 90s which we still face today."

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