Nadu (born 1955) is a mask maker, Naomi (born 1965) is an actress and filmmaker and Maciré (born 1995) is a student and spoken word artist. They are three of eight women, who have the commonality of being Black, living in Germany and working in an art context. Their biographical narratives show to what extent art (in all its manifestations) can serve as a »remedy« to alleviate lived emotional isolation and social oppression. In interviews with the director, they report on how they have overcome the common colonial stereotypes and have formed their own self-determined identity as Black Women* within the white German majority society, on their challenges in and with German art institutions, visual representation and political and social exclusion. Where can we build on their experiences? Which strategies can be brought together? Which must be re-thought?
06/2018 – 09/2018 KW KunstWerke, Berlin
06/28/18 Kirchner Museum , Davos/Switzerland
10/2018 – 06/2019 Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt a.M.
10/08/18 Black Laurel Film Festival, San Fransisco/USA
11/12/18 Goethe Institute, Helsinki/Finland
11/21/18 University of the Arts, Berlin
12/07/18 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne/Australia
12/13/18 Cinema City 46, Bremen
01/11/19 University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna/Austria
01/17/19 Frauenkreise, Berlin
02/05/19 Federal Art Gallery, Bonn
02/16/19 African Film Festival, Cologne
02/22 – 03/30/19 Gallery for Contemporary Art, Freiburg
02/17 – 04/17/19 Film Tour through the USA
04/14 International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund
„Millis Erwachen“ in der Presse:
Feedback from viewers
I was in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn on Tuesday and watched your movie. As an Afro-German, your film touched me and I found it a very nice and successful portrayal of women. As a follower of the “Völkerverständigung” I found it beautiful, as Black women could report on their existence in Germany without this ending in a pro-Black and Contra-white dialogue. This was also reflected in the interviews and I think that’s a great thing not many people can do: consider personal experiences from a bird’s eye view – at least not so that it looks really authentic. I think it’s a shame that we still need to deal with so many boxes for the nature of human beings and their feelings and without drifting to a very personal (and often hurtful) level. I wonder if it’s in our nature. That’s another topic, though. I would have liked to talk to you, but unfortunately I had to go. We also have a mutual acquaintance / girlfriend, whom I also met there. The world is small. Although I know many from the community, I have always stayed away from the ISD, thinking that I have to go my own way to find myself. In your film, I saw that the individual experiences and the associated feelings – even distributed over several generations – have a large intersection. I was deeply impressed and touched that you succeeded in naming this fact in picture and sound and then also in the conversation so precise without the collective negative feelings (anger, despair, injury, etc.) being in the foreground. Instead I had the feeling of being a human being – that is the most important basis of any dialogue, if the other person wants to enter into it. Your film and your words were healing for me. I can imagine that it was a long way for you to go and that it is far from over. Thank you for sharing this path with the world. I wanted to tell you that and for that I wanted to thank you personally!
I didn’t have a chance to talk to you after the movie last night, but here are three things I wanted to say: First, the movie itself is an impressive debut, and I really enjoyed your sensitive and subject-oriented approach, as well as the visual choices you made. Second, I found your “footnotes” at the beginning beautifully articulated. A quite amazing text. And third, your responses in the q&a really swept me off my feet. So, it was a truly powerful evening. Thank you for being here. If I don’t see you before you head back, it was great to meet you, and I look forward to following your career.
[Asher D. Biemann, Professor, Department of Religious Studies/Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA]