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Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984-1992

Project information

Talent Aletta von Vietinghoff
Role of participant Editor
Director Dr Dagmar Schultz
Status finished

Production details

Running time 84 min
Genre Documentary
Year of production 2012
Countries of Production Germany , United States
Production Company
Dr Dagmar Schultz
Website http://www.audrelorde-theberlinyears.com/

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"I am a black lesbian feminist mother poet warrior".
Audre Lorde - the Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist and civil rights activist inspired the women of color, feminist and LGBT social justice movements in the US in the 1970s and '80s with her incisive writings and speeches.

The film explores a little-known chapter of the writer’s 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.

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.
The film is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s archival video- and audio recordings and footage will be made available to a wide public.

Participation in international festivals / awards


- 62. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin - Berlinale 2012, Berlin GERMANY

- Fringe Film Festival, London UNITED KINGDOM

- 30th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival—Outfest, Los Angeles, CA USA

- Frameline LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco, USA

- Barcelona International G&L Film Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
** Audience Award for Best Documentary **

- Queer Film Festival, Lisboa SPAIN
** Nomination for Best Documentary **

- Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, Goethe-Institut, Castro Theater, San Francisco USA

- Torino LGBT Film Festival, Torino ITALY

- Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Seattle, WA USA

- Black International Cinema, Berlin Fountainhead, Berlin GERMANY

- Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb, CROATIA

- Boston LGBT Film Festival, Boston, MA USA

- LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA USA

- Michigan Women's Music Festival, Michigan USA

- Elles tournent Festival de films de femmes, Bruxelles BELGIUM

- Schwul-Lesbische Filmtage, Hamburg GERMANY

- Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival Bologna, ITALY

- Florence Queer Film Festival, Florence ITALY

- Chéries Chéris LGBT Film Festival, Paris FRANCE

- Perlen Queer Film Festival, Hannover Künstlerhaus, Hannover GERMANY

- Out On Film, Atlanta, Georgia USA

- Africa in the Picture Film Festival, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS

- Free Zone Human Rights, Belgrade SERBIA

- Siren Nation Arts Film Festival, Portland, Oregon USA

- Queering Roma, Rome ITALY

- Bimovie 18 Frauenfilmfest, München GERMANY

- L’ art pour L’action 5, Novi Sad SERBIA

- Münster-Queerstreifen, Münster GERMANY

- Trenton International Film Festival, New Jersey USA

- image+nation 25, Montréal CANADA

- London Feminist Film Festival, London UNITED KINGDOM


- Pink Life Kuir Fest, Ankara TURKEY

- Rainbow Reels Queer Festival Waterloo, Ontario CANADA

- Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Miami, FL USA

- Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Los Angeles,CA USA

- Immaginaria Film Festival, Milano ITALY

- Identities Film Festival, Vienna AUSTRIA

- Leeds Queer Festival, Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

- Redmond Radio OT301 Festival, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS

- Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival,Tel Aviv ISREAL

- Cinema Diverse-Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival, Palm Spring, CA USA
** Festival Favorite **

- ZeFestival, Nice ITALY

- Llamale: Uruguay International Film Festival on Sexual and Gender Diversity, Montevideo URUGUAY

- International Black Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, CA USA

- Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, Long Island University, New York USA
** Reel Sisters Best Documentary Award 2013 **

- Muestra Internacional de Cine Realizado por Mujeres Zaragosa, Zaragoza SPAIN
** 2013 Audience Award for Favorite Documentary **

- SASOD Guyana LGBT Film Festival 2013 (Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination), Georgetown, GUYANA

- Islington Black History Month Community Film Festival, London UNITED KINGDOM

- El Lugar Sin Limites, Quito, ECUADOR


- Pan African Film Festival Canada Corners, MI USA

- 15th Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival, Kingston ON CANADA
** Winner Best Documentary Audience Award 2014 **

- Texas Black Film Festival, Dallas, TX USA

- Translation/ Transmission: Women's Activism Across Space & Time, Bristol, UK

- 7th E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO USA

- The Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF), Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Bangalore INDIA

- Feminist & Women's Media Festival, Providence, Rhode Island USA

- Women’s Film Festival, Huesca SPAIN

- Cinema St. Louis QFest, St. Louis, LA USA

- Black Leaders Film Series, African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, NY USA

- Massimadi GLBT Film Festival 2014, Brussels, BELGIUM

- 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, Mumbai INDIA