Becoming
Black

A Film by Ines Johnson-Spain

A white couple living in the German Democratic Republic, tells their Black child that its skin color is purely by chance and has no meaning. This is what happened to a girl in East Berlin in the 1960s.

Years before, a group of African men came to study in a village nearby. Here the East German woman Sigrid falls in love with Lucien from Togo and gets pregnant. But she is already married to Armin.

The child is filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain.

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… refused an identification within the majority nation, the people had to find out who they are. Their histories lie far back in the past, inscribed in their skins. But it is not because of their skins that they become Black in their heads.

Stuart Hall

Screeningdates | Festivals | Awards

SCREENINGDATES
festivals
WORLD PREMIERE - INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMFESTIVAL AMSTERDAM - IDFA - November 2019
GERMAN PREMIERE - INTERNATIONALES FRAUENFILMFESTIVAL DORTMUND/KÖLN - September 2020
BERLIN PREMIERE - ACHTUNG BERLIN - NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD - September 2020
cinema recent
08.06. - 19:30 KOMMUNALES KINO Freiburg - mit Filmgespräch
13.06. - 19:30 KOMMUNALES KINO Freiburg
TV
ZDF - Kleines Fernsehspiel / Mediathek
3SAT + Phönix
AL Jazeera "Witness" - short version
more festivals
March 2020 - Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, France
14.9. - 18.9. Quibdo Africa Film Festival, Colombia online
01.10. - 02.10. Human Rights Film Festival Nürnberg, Germany
07.10. - 13.10. Festival du Cinéallemand France, Goethe Institut Paris
07.10. - 10.10. EINS ZU EINS - Festival für Theater, Performance, Fine Arts , Film ... Berlin
08.10. - 10.10. iAfrica Film Festival The Hague, Netherland
11.10. - 27.10. Institut de l’image Aix-en-provence, France
18.10. - 23.10. PRIX - European Broadcasting Festival, Germany
30.10. - 08.11. Royal African Society’s FILM AFRICA /BFI Southbank Theatre London
20.11. -29.11. The No Direct Flight Nairobi film season, Kenya - online
23. 11. German Cinema Now! Seattle, Goethe Institut, USA - online
24.11. Out of Africa International Film Festival Nairobi, Kenya – online
25.11. - 5.12. Aux Écrans du Réel - Asso Chroma, Le Mans, France postponed
29.11. Crocevia di Sguardi, Italy - online
05.12. - 11.12. Film Festival LagunImages, Cotonou (Benin)
2021
20.01. - 26.01. KINO-Mostra de Cinema de Expressão Alemã, Portugal, hybrid
25.03. - 31.03. Luxor African Film Festival, Egypt
01.04. -18.04. AFI New African Film Festival at Silver Theatre, USA - online
02.06. -05.06. Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, UK
07.6.-13.6. Festival "Dear white people..." Freiburg
AWARDS / NOMINATIONS
NOMINATION at AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDs 2020 for BEST DOCUMENTARY
NOMINATION at AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDs 2020 for BEST DOCUMENTARY DIASPORA
WINNER at AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDs 2020 BEST DOCUMENTARY DIASPORA
NOMINATION for PRIX EUROPA 2020 BEST DOCUMENTARY
NOMINATION AUDIENCE AWARD at MOSTRA DE CINEMA DE EXPRESSÃO ALEMÃ, Portugal
NOMINATION BEST DOCUMENTARY 2020 by ASSOCIATION of GERMAN FILM CRITICS
WINNER COMPETITION BEST DOCUMENTARY DIASPORA at LUXOR AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Worldpremiere November 2019 at IDFA Amsterdam

such as (f.l.t.r.)
Brooke Trezise / Soundesign,
Yana Höhnerbach / Editor,
Anahita Nazemi / Producer