Documentary | 2011-2012 | Portrait | Germany

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Length of movie80

Brief synopsis

Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 focuses on Audre Lorde’s relation to the German Black Diaspora, her literary as well as political influence, and is a unique visual document about the times the author spent in Germany. The film is also for coming generations a valuable historical document of German history, which tells about the development of an Afro-German movement and the origins of the anti-racist movement before and after the German reunification. The film relates the beginnings of these political debates and therefore facilitates a historical analysis and an understanding of present debates on identity and racism in Germany. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s archival video- and audio recordings and footage will be made available to a wide public. The film represents an important addition to the documentary “A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde“ by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson which was screened at the 45th Berlin Film Festival in 1995.


Director's DepartmentdirectorDagmar Schultz
Editingeditor Aletta von VietinghoffBerlinale 2012
Editingdramaturgical editing advisor Regina Bärtschi
Sound Post Productionsound re-recording mixer Clemens Grulich
Visual Effectscolorist Tobias WiedmerCine Chromatix

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Dagmar Schultz Produktion


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VFX / Post ProductionFilm Processing/Transfers Cine Chromatix KGColor Grading


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Dagmar Schultz2012Internationale Filmfestspiele BerlinPanorama DokumenteNominated
Dagmar Schultz2012Barcelona Int. LGBT Film Festival [es]Audience Award for Best DocumentaryWinner
Dagmar Schultz2013Muestra Int. de Cine Realizado por Mujere [es]Audience Award for Favorite DocumentaryWinner
Dagmar Schultz2013Cinema Diverse Palm Springs [us]Festival FavoriteWinner
Dagmar Schultz2013Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival [us]Best DocumentaryWinner
Dagmar Schultz2014Reelout Queer Film+Video Festival Kingston [ca]Audience Award for Best DocumentaryWinner