Audre Lorde came to live and teach in West-Berlin in the 1980s and became the catalyst for the Afro-German movement.
This film is part of Queer as German Folk
, a project celebrating the intersectional histories of Germany’s and America’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities. A digitally modified version of the exhibition Queer as German Folk and a full program of virtual events is presented by the Goethe-Institut
in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups
and the Schwules Museum Berlin (SMU)
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About the film:
Documentary |Germany | 2012 | 79 min
Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
documents Audre Lorde's influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. The film chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde’s ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality.
About the filmmaker:
was born in Berlin. From 1973 to 1986 she taught “Women’s studies and cultural and immigration issues” at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. From 1991 to 2004, she was a professor of Social Work at the Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Her teaching and research have focused on feminist studies and women’s movements, on anti-racist social work, on women’s health care and on cultural competence in the psychiatric care of migrants and minorities. Dagmar Schultz was a co-founder of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Berlin—the first of its kind in Germany—and worked for the center until 1981.
Dagmar Schultz first met Audre Lorde at the Women’s World Conference in Copenhagen in 1980. She arranged for Lorde to be invited as a Guest Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute in 1984. As director of publishing house Orlanda Frauenverlag Schultz edited Macht und Sinnlichkeit: Selected texts by Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich
, and introduced these authors to German readers. Recently she was awarded the Margherita-von-Brentano-Price 2011 for work which furthers the equal rights of women in academia. The funds of the award contributeD to the production of the film Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
and to the establishment of an Audre Lorde Archive at the Free University of Berlin.
PLEASE NOTE: This film is only available to audiences in the US, Canada and Mexico. Subtitles are available in both English and Spanish. Esta película está disponible con subtítulos en español y inglés para audiencias en EEUU, México, y Canadá.