Virtual Screening STP-on-Demand: Black Deutschland (2006), dir. Oliver Hardt

Black Deutschland © Signature Films

Fri, 11/20/2020 -
Sun, 11/22/2020

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Presented by Goethe Pop Up Houston & Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

Virtual screening of Oliver Hardt's documentary Black Deutschland (2006), part of film series STP-on-Demand.

Please RSVP in order to gain access to this film. The screening link to the film and the password will be sent out on Friday, November 20, at 7:00pm CST. The film will be available to view until Sunday, November 22, at 7:00pm CST.

This film will be available in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Shaping the Past: Films that examine how we interpret the past on screen

This virtual screening is part of the Goethe-Institut North America's (Goethe-Instituts and Goethe Pop Ups) film series STP-on-Demand, which explores ways in which we cinematically shape, interrogate, and rethink relationships between history and memory.

Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit is a project of the Goethe-Instituts and Goethe Pop Ups in North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) that connects with and builds on the work of emerging leaders of local, national, and transnational movements to remember through reflection and with urgency. It is a partnership between the Goethe-Institut, the Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb).

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Black Deutschland
Germany, 2006/2020 (HD Remaster), 52 min.
Director: Oliver Hardt
Languages: German, English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German

Statement from the Team:

In Oliver Hardt’s newly remastered documentary Black Deutschland, Berlin-based writer Darius James beautifully asserts, “Black people come from everywhere. And they are everywhere.” This same affirmation is reiterated across the Atlantic in the works of Kansas City and Houston artists responding to Shaping the Past fellow Alisha B. Wormsley’s powerful statement “There Are Black People in the Future.”

At the time of its release in 2006, Black Deutschland was considered the first cinematic exploration of Black life in Germany—but, it hasn’t been the last. After watching, we invite you to engage with further works by Black creatives in Germany, including Natasha A. Kelly’s Milli’s Awakening (2018), Mo Asumang’s Roots Germania (2007), Branwen Okpako’s Valley of the Innocent (2003), and Ines Johnson-Spain’s Becoming Black (2020), to name a few.


NOAH: "I can still remember, I went to this hip-hop concert in Munich. I was 14, I think. There were 200 black German youths there. I flipped out. I was so happy. I didn't know there were so many. Blacks aren't such a small minority in Germany. Black Germans, you're talking about a hundred thousand. And the blacks who live in Germany but don't have a German passport, that's another couple hundred thousand."

VINCENT: "When I came to Germany and started learning German, they said, Neger means Black Person. That was okay so far. I looked it up in the dictionary and it actually mean Black Person. But then, when you hear on the street: nah, I'm not gonna do that for you, I'm not your Neger. You really start thinking."

The documentary Black Deutschland is an intimate study about the thoughts and feelings of a not-so-small minority, about black Germans and black people in Germany. Director Oliver Hardt portrays cultural workers, who, in an emotional, yet reflective and humorous way, give the viewer an idea of what it means to live as a non-white person in a society that defines itself as "white."

In open, friendly conversations, the interviewees provide information about their images of others and of themselves, about prejudices, about a deeply-rooted self-confidence, but also about their fears and uncertainties.

Black Deutschland was awarded silver at the 2006 World Media Festival in Hamburg, and was nominated for the Hessian Film Award.

With Darius James, Sam Meffire, Vincent Mewanu, Tyron Ricketts, Noah Sow, and more.

Black Deutschland was selected for STP-on-Demand by the teams at the Goethe Pop Up Houston and the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City.

RSVP About the Filmmaker

Oliver Hardt is a director and filmmaker based in Frankfurt am Main. His multidisciplinary practice ranges from writing, producing, and directing award-winning documentaries to creating large-scale video installations for exhibitions and live-shows.

In 2011, Oliver established Signature Films as a strong and versatile production network built on long-term collaborations with a group of like-minded film professionals. Since its inception, Signature Films has earned an international reputation for its innovative and inspiring projects.

In his documentaries, Oliver frequently addresses black history and culture with a strong emphasis on architecture, design and contemporary art. His work has been featured at international film festivals. As a lecturer on film and time-based media, Oliver has held seminars and been a guest lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and the Zurich University of the Arts, among others.

In 2021, he will be artist-in-residence at Vila Sul/Goethe Institute in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.


Black Deutschland (engl. subtitles) from Signature Films Frankfurt on Vimeo.