Black International Cinema Berlin

Black International Cinema Berlin Black International Cinema Berlin is a yearly interdisciplinary, intercultural film/video festival produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.

Founded 1986 Berlin.

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Entertainer and activist Josephine Baker standing besides her brand new 1934 French Delage D8-15 Cabriolet.


Dr. King would have celebrated 93 years on earth today. We can celebrate his life and legacy by carrying his work forward and creating the Beloved Community. Let’s educate, advocate and activate on his birthday and beyond. #MLK #MLKDay



Pam Grier and Richard Pryor, 1977.


Josephine Baker ❤️

Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid and US/UK Imperialism, Too
Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid and US/UK Imperialism, Too

Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid and US/UK Imperialism, Too

But as with Martin Luther King, many of the same political leaders commemorating Tutu today would have been unlikely to mention him a day earlier, lest Tutu take the opportunity to speak his mind. This is certainly why he was not invited to commemorate his friend and comrade, Nelson Mandela, at Mand...


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Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civil rights advocate Madam C.J. Walker -- who famously became the first female self-made millionaire in America -- was born on this day in 1867. Born as Sarah Breedlove in Delta, Louisiana, Walker was the first child in her family born into freedom following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; Walker's parents and elder siblings had been slaves on the Madison Parish plantation. Orphaned by age 7, Walker was married and then widowed by the time she was 20.

Seeking more opportunities for herself and her young daughter, Walker moved to St. Louis where she began experimenting with home remedies to treat scalp diseases. Due to a widespread lack of indoor plumbing and infrequent bathing, many people at the time, including Walker, suffered from scalp diseases and hair loss. Over time, she developed her own line of hair products especially designed to meet the needs of black women and founded the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

To promote her hair products, she embarked on a sales drive throughout the South, holding demonstrations and selling her goods door to door. In 1908, she opened a college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to train "hair culturists." Within two years, she moved to Indianapolis to set up her national headquarters and began training other African American women in setting up their own businesses, often as licensed Walker Agents selling her line of hair care products. At its peak, her company employed over 3,000 people.

Walker was active in the social and political issues of the day, including joining leaders of the NAACP in their efforts to make lynching a federal crime. She also made many financial contributions to help support African American schools, organizations, orphanages, and retirement homes, among them the largest contribution to preserve the Washington, DC home of the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

By the time of her death at age 51, this pioneering businesswoman had become the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Well-known for both her diligence and perseverance, Walker once stated, "There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it - for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard."

For an inspiring book to introduce young readers to Walker's incredible life story, we recommend "Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker" for ages 7 to 10 at

Older teen and adult readers can learn more about Walker's life in two biographies: "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker" ( and "The Black Rose" (

For readers ages 12 and up, Walker and her daughter are featured in a book of poems about famous women and their daughters, "Borrowed Names" at

She is also one of 21 pioneering women featured in the fascinating book "She Did It! 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think" for ages 10 and up at

For children's books about more trailblazing African-American women, visit our blog post "75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women" at


This morning, Sowande’ M. Mustakeem offers a review of Andrew Bakers’s To Poison a Nation: The Murder of Robert Charles and the Rise of Jim Crow Policing in America (The New Press)—

"In 1831, Nat Turner—who led a band of bondpeople into insurrection in Southampton, Virginia –was executed, quelling what a great many whites thought permanently ended their greatest living Black fear. However, historian Andrew Baker has produced a riveting and page-turning account of how, sixty-nine years later, yet another Black man rose to fame and became, within mere days, a marked target, resulting in the detonation of horrific violence that crossed many racial lines in New Orleans, Louisiana. Adding to the growing scholarship centered on policing, crime, and racial violence, Baker provides a historical key to better understand the panoramic timeline of bloodshed that spilled for racial reasons not only that summer in 1900, but for years and decades to come across and beyond twentieth-century America."


How Cryptocurrency Revolutionized the White Supremacist Movement
How Cryptocurrency Revolutionized the White Supremacist Movement

How Cryptocurrency Revolutionized the White Supremacist Movement

White supremacists embraced cryptocurrency early in its development, and in some cases produced million-dollar profits through the technology, reshaping the racist right in radical ways, a Hatewatch analysis found.


Make the most of your holidays with a trip to the Art Institute, Chicago's home for the holidays!


Kids under 14 and Chicago teens under 18 always enjoy free admission.


Rest in beauty and peace.
bell hooks, the groundbreaking author, educator and activist whose explorations of how race, gender, economics and politics intertwined helped shape academic and popular debates over the past 40 years, has died. She was 69.

Democratic Socialism Is About Freedom
Democratic Socialism Is About Freedom

Democratic Socialism Is About Freedom

Critics insist that socialists want to squelch freedom. But the exact opposite is the case: democratic socialism is about expanding freedom — and liberating us from the tyranny that pervades everyday life under capitalism.


Tenor AND painter, is there anything the Maestro can’t do? 🎶🖌️


“When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”

— Langston Hughes


Lena Horne ❤️


“You know I am an actor, and I have medals for diction.”

— Paul Robeson
[Festivals Stories] Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin - European Festivals Association

The Festival Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre, Black International Cinema Berlin 2020 also suffered the consequences of the Covid pandemic. Luckily, new and fresh alternatives were offered to the international and intercultural filmmakers who were able to present their art through television as wel...

“Hold the Line”: Watch Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa’s Full Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
“Hold the Line”: Watch Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa’s Full Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

“Hold the Line”: Watch Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa’s Full Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Filipina journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.” “There are so many more journalists persecuted in the shadows with neither exposure nor support, and governments are doubling down...

Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life
Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life

Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life

“Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others… re-examine all you …


Today in Mighty Girl history, one of the most influential and prolific poets in American history, Emily Dickinson, was born in 1830. Known for her mysterious and reclusive lifestyle as an adult, Dickinson is considered one of the founders of the American poetic voice and her writing style is lauded as unconventional both in structure and in content, especially for a poet of her time.

Emily Dickinson was raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a family that highly valued education. Despite an engaging and active youth, as Dickinson aged she became more and more private, spending much of her time in her room or caring for her ailing mother. Plagued with a fascination of mortality and its associated melancholia, Dickinson is well known for themes of death and pain in her poetry. She also contemplated themes of love, pain, the natural world, religion, and several other topics in the nearly 1,800 poems she wrote in her lifetime.

Due to Dickinson’s unconventional style -- her unique use of punctuation, the unfinished feel of many of her poems, her sometimes atypical word choices -- very few of her poems were published during her lifetime. In fact, not even her sister knew the extent of her writings until after Emily’s death in 1886. Even after her death, those poems that were published were heavily altered from their original forms until 1955, when all of her known poems were published as originally written. Now, literary scholars universally agree that Emily Dickinson changed the face of American poetry, and she remains one of the greatest poets of the 19th century.

For a gorgeous picture book about Emily Dickinson's life and work, we highly recommend "On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson" for ages 5 to 9 at

For a youth-friendly introduction to her poetry, we recommend “Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson” for readers 9 to 13 at

To inspire children and teens with the true stories of more women writers and poets, visit our "Writer & Poet Biography" section at

For a wide selection of games, dolls, building sets, and more to teach kids about inspiring women, visit the 'Women's History' section of our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide at


In honor of Human Rights Day, we're celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt, the prominent diplomat and human rights advocate who led the effort to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration, which arose from the global devastation of WWII, represented the first worldwide expression of the rights to which all humans are inherently entitled. Roosevelt served at the U.S. Delegate to the UN from 1945 to 1952, during which time she was the chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Human Rights Day is held on December 10 to honor the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration on this day in 1948. The declaration stands today as one of Eleanor Roosevelt's most important legacies and the UN posthumously awarded her one of its first Human Rights Prizes in 1968 in recognition of her work.

To introduce children to the concept of human rights, we highly recommend the beautifully illustrated picture book, "We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures," for ages 5 and up at

For books for children about her incredible life and legacy, we recommend "Eleanor, Quiet No More" for ages 5 and up (, "Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery" for ages 8 and up (, and "Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter For Justice" for ages 10 and up (

Eleanor Roosevelt is also the author of a wonderful book for kids about citizenship, democracy, and the importance of voting: "When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You" for ages 7 to 12 at

For adult readers, we recommend Eleanor Roosevelt's excellent autobiography ( and the exceptional biography "Eleanor" (

Fans of this beloved First Lady will also love the new Eleanor Roosevelt Inspiring Women Doll for ages 6 and up at

For books for tweens and teens about girls living - without human rights protections - in nations controlled by real-life authoritarian regimes, visit our blog post "The Fragility of Freedom: Mighty Girl Books About Life Under Authoritarianism" at

What America Owes Black Veterans of World War II
What America Owes Black Veterans of World War II

What America Owes Black Veterans of World War II

Black World War II veterans were largely excluded from the GI bill that created America's middle class. It's time to rectify that injustice.


Singer, songwriter, activist and actor, 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗳𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲 (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr., is no stranger to hard work. He enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II while he was still finishing high school. After an honorable discharge two years later, he focused on his music career, bringing Caribbean-style music to the US. One of his first albums, “Calypso,” was the first million-selling LP by a single artist.

He was also a passionate supporter of the civil rights movement, going on to advocate for humanitarian causes throughout his life. Since 1987, he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and currently acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

#𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 #𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝗢𝘂𝗿𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 🤎 ✊🏾

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Timeline Photos

Joséphine Baker

poster by Jean Chassaing



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Black International Cinema Berlin is a yearly interdisciplinary, intercultural film/video festival produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre / THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin in association with Cultural Zephyr e.V. and, screens cinema from Africa, the African Diaspora and films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the historical Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in 1986 for the first time in Europe, a 3-week event in Berlin, which presented the contributions of Black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to the legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons.

The venues were the Theatermanufaktur am Halleschen Ufer from March 3-16, music – dance – theatre; Hochschule der Künste Berlin on March 11, symposium; Kino Arsenal from March 17-23, film.

Organization and Artistic Direction: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith (USA/Berlin), Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith (USA/Berlin), Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (USA/Berlin), Dr. Ntongela Masilela (South Africa); in cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Abdul Alkalimat (USA), Uazuvara Ewald Katjivena (Namibia), Getinet Belay (Ethiopia), Joliba Africa Center; Organization: Erika Gregor (Arsenal Cinema, Germany); Organization Assistance: Annette Koschmieder (Germany).

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You'll have another chance to watch some great MAKE A DIFFERENCE films these next two weeks during the Black International Cinema Berlin! 👉 REDEMPTION: June 20th, 9.15pm + June 21st, 6.15am 👉 RIDE WITH ME: June 20th, 9.45pm + June 21st, 6.45 am CET 👉 RAY OF HOPE: June 27th, 9.50pm + June 28th, 6.50 am CET 👉 BEYOND THE SERVICE: June 27th, 10.45pm + June 28th, 7.45am CET 👉 LIFE ON THE ROAD: June 27th, 11.40pm + June 28th, 8.40am CET Mark it in your calender and tune in on ALEX Berlin!
The Black International Cinema Berlin will screen all six MAKE A DIFFERENCE films again this June! You can watch them on ALEX Berlin starting tomorrow, June 6th at 10.50pm CET, with PLASTIC MAN – don't miss it! Watch the live stream here 👉 For more information 👉
Gifts from Babylon, a short film that is featured on our streaming platform, has won the Award for Best Film on Matters Relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People at the Black International Cinema Berlin Festival! Interested in watching this compelling migrant drama? Then visit and rent the film on YardVibes!
Last but not least: LIFE ON THE ROAD directed by Shakiru Akinyemi will be screened during the Black International Cinema Berlin at 11:58 am CET on ALEX Berlin as well as tomorrow at 10:40 am CET – don't miss it!
Another film produced during the MAKE A DIFFERENCE trainings will be livestreamed on ALEX Berlin tonight: BEYOND THE SERVICE directed by Kwabena Eddie Mankata is on air at 00:24am CET and on Sunday, October 18th, 01:19 pm CET as part of the Black International Cinema Berlin!
The screening of RAY OF HOPE directed by Aminata Bockarie starts in a few minutes on ALEX Berlin as part of the Black International Cinema Berlin. Join now or on Sunday, October 18th, 12:22 pm CET!
The Black International Cinema Berlin opened yesterday and you can watch the MAKE A DIFFERENCE film REDEMPTION directed by Matilda Dogbatsey tonight at 00:41 am CET on ALEX Berlin. Tune in or catch the second screening tomorrow night at 00:08 am CET!
Hervorgegangen aus dem ersten und historischen Black Cultural Festival in Europa, produziert von Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre Berlin und kuratiert von Donald Muldrow Griffith, präsentiert das Black International Cinema Berlin in seiner 35. Ausgabe, unter der Schirmherrschaft der Deutschen UNESCO Kommission, zum ersten Mal die Kunstwerke seiner internationalen und interkulturellen Filmemacher*innen. Los gehts am 15.10. um 21 Uhr mit der Eröffnung bei uns im TV und Livestream: - “Onward and Upward, Always!” Foto von li. na. re.: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Dr. Ralph Bunche aus dem Film RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY von Regisseur William Greaves. Der Film wird am 18.10 um 23 Uhr gezeigt.
Throwback to a lovely start for our Film in 2019! Black International Cinema Berlin with the wonderful memories provided by: Donald Muldrow Griffith
Jedes Bier ist eine Spende! 🍻 Deshalb jetzt nochmal der Aufruf zur Abstimmung: Dank eures Dursts können wir wieder zwei Berliner Projekte mit jeweils 2000€ unterstützen. Ist das nicht geil??? 😍 Vier Projekte haben es in die Online-Abstimmung geschafft, darunter Katapult, ITAP - Initiative Togo Action Plus e.V., @Black International Cinema Berlin und Kiezhaus Agnes Reinhold. Entscheide bis zum 30. November, an welche beiden Projekte unsere Förderung gehen soll, indem du unter für deine Lieblingsprojekte abstimmst! ❣️ #zumwohlealler
Jedes Bier ist eine Spende! Und deshalb können wir auch in diesem Quartal zwei tolle Projekte aus Berlin mit jeweils 2.000 € unterstützen. Vier Projekte haben es in die engere Auswahl geschafft und brauchen nun eure Stimme! Wir haben bei unserem Kick-Off Event mit den Menschen hinter dem Black International Cinema Berlin gesprochen. Was es auf dem Filmfestival zu sehen gibt und wofür sie die 2.000 € brauchen, erfahrt ihr im Video. Eure zwei Stimmen könnt ihr noch bis zum 30. November unter abgeben. #zumwohlealler
Jedes Bier ist eine Spende! Wir fördern soziale & kulturelle Projekte aus der Nachbarschaft mit 10 Cent pro Liter. Stimmt bis zum 30. November unter ab, an welche zwei Berliner Projekte unsere nächste Förderung fließen soll! Diese Projekte freuen sich auf auf deine Stimme: Katapult, ITAP - Initiative Togo Action Plus e.V., Kiezhaus Agnes Reinhold und Black International Cinema Berlin #zumwohlealler