Third World Newsreel is proud to release Dagmar Schultz’s documentary film about Black feminist lesbian poet Audre Lorde and her legacy to the Afro-German Movement.
Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 explores a little-known chapter of Lorde’s prolific 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 and the German reunification.
Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 contains previously unreleased audiovisual material from director Dagmar Schultz’s personal archive, showing Lorde on and off stage. With testimony from Lorde’s colleagues, students and friends, this film documents Lorde’s lasting legacy in Germany. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Audre Lorde’s passing.
“I believe that many different social movements can learn from one another. The documentary Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 by Dagmar Schultz shows this with great urgency. The film shows the various movements, the fight for black liberation, the emancipation of women and also the lesbian branch of feminism. The question of how the different groups have positioned themselves is made very clear here.”
–Wieland Speckm, Berlin International Film Festival
“Lorde’s own voice shines through this inspiring film, filling us with her poetry and conviction.”
–Fringe! Film Festival
“Twenty years after her passing, never-before-seen archives reveal the private life and passions of the award-winning, influential woman who ignited a worldwide movement. Exploring her brilliant writings and her inspiration to feminist lesbians around the world, Lorde’s profound legacy is honored in this engrossing film.”
–Outfest, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
“A revealing look at poet and activist Audre Lorde during her many travels to West Berlin to lecture and visit friends. One gets a rare glimpse of this head-strong but self-effacing woman. For any fan of Audre Lorde, this film is essential viewing; for people who may not be familiar with her and her work, the film makes a perfect introduction.”
–Raymond Murray, Philadelphia Q Fest
World Premiere, Berlin International Film Festival
New York Premiere, The Brecht Forum
San Francisco Premiere, Frameline Film Festival
Los Angeles Premiere, Outfest Film Festival
Dagmar Schultz | documentary | 2012 | $225 (RELEASE DATE SEPTEMBER 2012)
| Also Available in the Queer Essentials Collection
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings – spanning five decades – articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century. From Lorde’s childhood in NYC’s Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work that embodied the connections between the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement, and the struggle for lesbian and gay rights. At the heart of this documentary is Lorde’s own challenge to “envision what has not been and work with every fiber of who we are to make the reality and pursuit of that vision irresistible.”
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Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story
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Maria Binder | documentary | 1997 | 28 min | $175
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