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AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS, Queer Blues Divas & more!
Langston Hughes Perfoming Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS, Queer Blues Divas & more!
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 by Dagmar Schultz
Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m., the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m., the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104  17th Avenue South at Yesler Way (Metro bus #27) in Seattle's Central District.  Admission: $8.  

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing, the acclaimed Black lesbian feminist poet and activist. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Lorde's incisive writings and speeches defined and inspired the women of color, feminist and LGBT social justice movements in the United States.
This  documentary film demonstrates how noted theorist, essayist, poet, and lesbian activist Audre Lorde's ideas about human differences inspired the development of a Black German movement and the growth of consciousness around racism among white womena subject few people outside of Germany are aware of. The project is a very timely one given the renewed US-EU struggles against racism and around race and ethnic integration.  Audre Lorde's work and legacy are central to US-German cross-cultural exchanges and coalition building in the context of the Black diaspora.
AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 explores a little-known chapter of the writer's prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification.

Lorde mentored and encouraged Black German women to write and publish as a way of asserting their identities, rights and culture in a society that isolated and silenced them, while challenging white German women to acknowledge their white
privilege. As Lorde wrote in her book Our Dead Behind Us: Poems, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."

AUDRE LORDE - THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 contains previously unreleased audiovisual material from director Dagmar Schultz's personal archive, showing Lorde on and off stage. With testimony from Lorde's colleagues, students and friends, this film documents Lorde's lasting legacy in Germany.

Preceded by three short films:

Ain't I a Woman by Kebo Drew (USA, 2011) 5 minutes.  English.  Genre: experimental narrative.  AIN'T I A WOMAN celebrates the luminous enduring beauty of Black Femmes and Black transgender women.  Washington State Premiere

The Gift of Family (QWOCMAP Productions/ZUNA Institute/NIA Collective, 2011)

This film reflects the lives and experiences of Black lesbians and their families in order to gain support for same sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people. This film is a project of ZUNA INSTITUTE in collaboration with Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project and NIA COLLECTIVE.

T'aint Nobody's Bizness if I Do: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2012) , a documentary by Robert Philipson

The 1920s saw a revolution in technology, the advent of the recording industry, that created the first class of African-American women to sing their way to fame and fortune. Blues divas such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Alberta Hunter created and promoted a working-class vision of blues life that provided an alternative to the Victorian gentility of middle-class manners. In their lives and music, blues women presented themselves as strong, independent women who lived hard lives and were unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational activities, and bed partners. Blues singers disseminated a Black feminism that celebrated emotional resilience and sexual pleasure, no matter the source.  Washington State Premiere.

LHAAFF Programming:  LGBT Family & Friends


Langston Hughes Perfoming Arts Center (View)
107 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Film > Festivals
Social > LGBT

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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