2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde’s passing. She was a highly influential, award-winning African-American, lesbian, poet, author, mother, teacher and activist. In honor of her legacy “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992” will be shown at this year’s festival. Right before the screening Ika Hügel-Marshall will read from her autobiography “Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany”.
Growing up Black in Germany
Ika Hügel-Marshall, 2001
Saturday, September 29, 2012
1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Castro Theatre
$10-$12 for Reading & Film
Ika Hügel-Marshall was born in a small German town in 1947 to a white German mother and an Afro-American father. Initially, she grew up with her mother, but from her sixth to her fifteenth year of life she was raised – as many Afro-German children of her generation – in a children’s home. Only at the age of 39 she met other Afro-Germans and was involved in setting up the “Initiative of Black Germans” (ISD). In 1993, she found her father in Chicago and met him and his family – a most profound experience.
Hügel-Marshall was the recipient of the Audre Lorde Literary Award, which enabled her to write this critically acclaimed work. Hügel-Marshall also appears in the film following the reading, “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992”, and was a close personal friend of Lorde.
Supported by: American Association of Teachers of German, Northern California Chapter (AATG), Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC), Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies (GICS)