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AUDRE LORDE: THE BERLIN YEARS (FILM SCREENING)
February 18, 2020 - New York City

Audre Lorde at Winterfeldmarkt, Berlin, 1992 (© Dagmar Schultz)

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. 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.

Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews 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.

Audre Lorde passed away in 1992. February 18th marks what would have been her 86th birthday.

After screening talk-back: Dr. T.D. Wilkins, Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and member of the Audre Lorde Reading Group at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

AUDRE LORDE: THE BERLIN YEARS
(Germany, 2012, 79 min. Dir. Dagmar Schultz)

WHEN: February 18, 2020
6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Screening

WHERE: The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
275 Madison Avenue (Suite 2114)
New York, NY 10016

Presented as part of the event series Black Solidarity in a Global Context, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut New York.

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