This event is part of an ongoing series, All Black Lives Matter, being run in cooperation with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, The University of Toronto, and Africana Studies at Rutgers University-Camden.
The Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA) is pleased to invite you to a virtual film screening of Ines Johnson-Spain's autobiographical documentary "Becoming Black"(2019).
In the 1960s, the East German Sigrid falls in love with Lucien from Togo, one of several African students studying at a trade school on the outskirts of East Berlin. She becomes pregnant, but is already married to Armin. Sigrid and Armin raise their daughter as their own, withholding from her knowledge of her African paternal heritage. That child grows up to become the filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain. In filmed encounters with her aging stepfather Armin and others from her youth, Johnson-Spain tracks the strategies of denial developed by her parents and the surrounding community. Her intimate but also critical exploration comprising both painful and confusing childhood memories and matter-of-fact accounts testifies to a culture of repression. When blended with movingly warm encounters with her Togolese family, Becoming Black becomes a thought-provoking reflection on identity, social norms and family ties.
The link to view the film wil be posted on Eventbrite for registrants to stream from November 15-18, 2021. This event will include an online chat with the director.