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Ishema Kane's letter and German versions of controversial "Tintin in the Congo" and "Pippi Longstocking" - (Facebook / Casterman / Oetinger)
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Correct me if I am (politically) wrong: “Real” Art, Elitism and White Delusions of Grandeur

Posted  April 8, 2013  by  Sharon Dodua Otoo

White cultural producers are fighting to retain their privileges: to date they still occupy dominant positions in the German art industry and therefore presumably experience the mere existence of political correctness as a threat.

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Berlin Boombox

the things i am thinking while smiling politely…

Posted  March 11, 2013  by  denise

Dodua Otoo’s writing is efficient and brutal with a journal-like quality. This writing style effortlessly explores complex issues like white supremacy in intimate relationships, cultural colonialism, immigration, the mine-field of divorce and universal human failure. None of these issues are at the center of the story, yet are weaved through everything that happens. Her narrative gives us a sneak peek into the unsaid and often felt universe of a black woman in Berlin.

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Black in Berlin

Posted  February 25, 2013  by  Karina Griffith

Last week’s premiere event was a great inauguration. “The Politics of Community” was the overarching theme, but after a wonderful introduction to give some academic context, Taylor expertly guided our discussion forth and back to other areas of concern. Topics ranged from politically correct vocabulary (one beautiful Black women rejects both terms “race” and “mixed” to describe herself), to how German administrative forms fail to reflect the diverse background of some Berliners (how can you communicate that your place of birth, ethnicity and place of residence are are varied when there is only one box to check?) to how the emphasis on Germany’s Nazi past leaves little room to address the atrocities of colonialism that foreshadowed it.

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The Berlinale Breakdown

Posted  February 21, 2013  by  denise

My mind is a whirl of movies and my pupils are still dilated. Most of the filmmakers in the Berlinale Blackness films were coming from outside of the culture that they wanted to represent. This means that they would be naturally attracted to the most striking elements of the society that they were discovering and may not have had the cultural fluency to appreciate the subtler aspects of that society.

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7 Things You Can Do To Make Your Art Less Racist – A comprehensive How-To-Guide

Posted  February 20, 2013  by  Sandrine Micossé-Aikins

Many renowned artists were racists and/or sexists. This is not your fault. But it becomes your problem, too, if you elect to continue their legacy as if they had not been dehumanising the majority of the people on the planet.

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Berlinale Blackness

A curated guide of 22 films at the Berlinale that offer a variety of stories from around the world featuring people of color.
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A Tale Of Two Cities: Berlin and London

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” goes the opening line from the famous novel by Charles Dickens, followed thereafter by the words “it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”Now while ...
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Shadows in Flux: Indignados and Espoir Voyage

Tony Gatlif’s film starts off with an undocumented African immigrant named Betty who washes up on a beach in Greece seeking a better life. The beach is littered with the shoes of other people like her, and these are just ...
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Black Milk Flow

You have to respect a performer who brings his own washcloth as if sweat would come too quick to reach the stage-supplied towel. Black Milk came to Berlin with no intentions of holding back. His band preceded him: a DJ who did ...
by denise
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Michael Thompson aka Freestylee

Thompson aka Freestylee was inspired to paint his first poster in response to the injustice of the Green Bay Massacare in Jamaica. Since then his technique has shifted to digital creations but social justice and Jamaican cultur...
by denise
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Ishema Kane's letter and German versions of controversial "Tintin in the Congo" and "Pippi Longstocking" - (Facebook / Casterman / Oetinger)

Correct me if I am (politically) wrong: “Real” Art, Elitism and White Delusions of Grandeur

White cultural producers are fighting to retain their privileges: to date they still occupy dominant positions in the German art industry and therefore presumably experience the mere existence of political correctness as a thre...
by Sharon Dodua Otoo
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Rebelle (War Witch)

Shielding his face from the abrupt violence on screen, my companion whispered to me, “Is this entire film about child soldiers?” He excused himself and left the Kino.  I was alone in my balcony seats with the War Witch. Se...
by Karina Griffith
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Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu is the best documentary that I have seen at the Berlinale. I knew going into the movie that it had something to do with gay rights in Uganda and I wrote that I imagined I would just sit through it shaking my head ...
by denise
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Berlinale Blackness

A guide to movies in the 2012 Berlinale featuring people from the African diaspora. I am thrilled at about the new black films that I’ve seen recently.  Sundance was full of treasures this year like Pariah, Red Hook Summ...
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