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EXBERLINER presents:


Becoming Black (OmeU)

Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 8:30 pm
in presence of the director Ines Johnson-Spain

Documentary, Germany 2019, 91 min, written & directed by Ines Johnson-Spain

Imagine that your parents are white but your skin colour is dark and they tell you that’s pure coincidence. This is what happened to a girl in East Berlin in the 1960s.
Years before, a group of African men came to study in a village nearby. Here the East German woman Sigrid falls in love with Lucien from Togo and gets pregnant. But she is already married to Armin.
The child is filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain. Meeting her stepfather Armin and others from her childhood years, she tracks the astonishing strategies of denial her parents and the surroundings had developed.

In an intimate portrayal but also critical exploration she brings together painful and confusing childhood memories with matter-of-fact accounts that testify a culture of rejection and tight-lipped denial.
Yet, the movingly warm encounters with her Togolese family develop “Becoming Black” also into a reflection on themes such as identity, social norms and family ties, seen from a very personal perspective.

Ein weißes Ehepaar in der DDR der sechziger Jahre behauptet gegenüber seinem dunkelhäutigen Kind, dass seine Hautfarbe Zufall sei und keine Bedeutung habe. Als Jugendliche findet sie durch Zufall die Wahrheit heraus.
In dem autobiografischen Dokumentarfilm »Becoming Black« macht sich die Tochter und Filmemacherin Ines Johnson-Spain auf eine filmische Suche nach der eigenen Identität und setzt dabei die familiären mit den gesellschaftlichen Strategien in Beziehung.

Der Film feierte seine Weltpremiere im November 2019 beim International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam IDFA.

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