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Co-presented by: The Gay and Lesbian Review.
Directed by Dagmar Schultz, 2012, Germany, 84 min. In English and German with English subtitles.
It has been twenty years since the celebrated Afro-American poet and writer Audre Lorde died in 1992. According to Lorde’s own description of herself she was: ‘a lesbian, a feminist, black, a poet, mother and activist’.
In the 1980s Dagmar Schultz, who at the time was lecturing at the John F. Kennedy Institute at Berlin’s Freie Universität, invited Lorde to Berlin as a visiting professor. This move was to have an enduring influence, for Lorde soon became co-founder and mentor of the Afro-German movement.
In her documentary portrait, Dagmar Schultz distills hitherto unpublished and often very personal material of Lorde that portrays her among her Berlin women friends, fellow travellers and students, many of whom she encouraged to begin writing. These women were later to become poets and academics; they were the ones to create the first German-language works about Afro-German history and racism.
The film includes appearances from, among others: May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye, Gloria I. Joseph, Ilona Bubeck, Traude Bührmann, as well as Ika Hügel-Marshall and Ria Cheatom, both of whom collaborated on the making of this film.