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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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." — Nelson Mandela


On this date in 1936, Jesse Owens salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Germany’s Lutz Long during the Summer Olympics in Berlin. 🥇


Powerful photograph of Fredi Washington wearing an Anti-Lynching Armband. She was a Civil Rights Activist and co-founded the Negro Actors Guild of America (NAG), with Noble Sissle, W. C. Handy, Paul Robeson, and Ethel Waters.

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On 15 november, 1884, about a dozen £ur0pean nations gathered in Ber|in to divide up the Afr!can continent like y0ung chi|dren dividing up a pizza. With no concern for the culture or the fam!lies of the C0ntinent, the map was redrawn and lands C|aimed. What followed was the systematic undoing of Afr!ca. We will never forget. Ever.


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Josephine Baker 1934

CALL FOR ENTRIESEntry Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2022Please download: ENTRY FORM

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"Since it was founded in 1986, the Black International Cinema festival in Berlin has developed into one of the most highly regarded film events in Europe and movie fans will have the chance to experience it for themselves between May 7th and 10th.
The focus of the festival is to present works of a cultural, artistic and political nature coinciding with the general social, economic and educational interests of people from Africa.
Open to all filmmakers and visitors, the event provides a platform for the impact of cinema from the African Diaspora and people with an interest in intercultural relations.
The Fountainhead® organization is committed to fighting religious, ethnic and gender persecution and seeks to battle discrimination through dialogue and understanding.
By using art, theatre, dance, music and seminars, the foundation believes that prejudice against disadvantaged groups can be challenged and stronger links within society can be forged.
Visitors will be treated to powerful and thought-provoking examples of cinema from the past and present."
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"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure wont if I don't..." - Oscar Brown Jr.
"Mankind will either find a way or make one." - C.P. Snow.......from Donald Muldrow Griffith


Your Great Destiny!

Beautiful People,

Take a Moment to Still Your Mind and Your Heart.

Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly Ten Times.

As you ponder your Next Good Steps, feel the tears of unknowing in your heart.

Within each teardrop resides a longing for compassion; a desire to be heard; a hope to understand and to be understood.

Like rain, our tears can serve to nurture and cleanse our hearts.

Allow the pain of a disappointment or fear to wash away as you accept the Gifts of Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Healing, Hope and Integrity with Love!

Now Open Your Heart and Vision Your Great Destiny!

Love gives us the clarity, energy and Faith to commit to a Life of Service, to honor our Good Dreams; and the Courage to take another step into our Unknown Great Destiny!

Again, Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly Ten Times.

Listen Deeply to Your Melodious Heartsong of Love. Allow Grace to Move Through You!

Now with Gratitude, Take a Step Into Your Great Loving Destiny!

Believe. Breathe. Pray.
Breathe. Live. Love.

Always, Melony 💜
aka Miss Mellie Rainbow 🎊

Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Good Purpose, Healing, Hope, Integrity, Kindness, Mercy, Patience, Respect, Tenacity, Understanding and the Gift of Love with JOY!

#Breathe #Clarity #Courage #EmbraceTheMystery #Faith #GreatLovingDestiny #Gratitude #Inspiration #Integrity #Meditation #Motivation #MelonyMcGantAuthor


Earth Is Our Heart! A Visionary Meditation for the Peacemaker!

Beautiful People,

Many Blessings To Each Of YOU.

Please take a moment to clear your mind and your heart of any distractions.

Now, Breathe and Exhale Deeply Ten Times.

In Gratitude, Love and Patience.
Out Gratitude, Love and Patience ....

Now, join me today and embody the Peacemaker.

Know that Earth Is OUR Heart.

As the birds create new medleys of awareness, let us walk with acceptance, healing and understanding.

Now we call on the resources of the trees, and water, and the sun, and the insects, and elephants and dolphins, rocks and mountains, and the wind, and the sky and All Sentient Beings.

We all are partners and together right now, we are given a renewed appreciation of Divine Patience and Understanding.

Allow your bodies to relax as we merge with Nature around us.


As a Peacemaker, you are learning to walk with the right questions that allow for honest negotiation and conversation.

Look to the oceans, the rivers, the ponds and the streams. Become a tiny pebble that creates a ripple of awareness as you toss yourself into a body of water.

Ask that others with like hearts create pebbles of cooperation, equality, deep listening, honesty, humility, integrity, wisdom, mercy, patience, respect, understanding and Love throughout EARTH as Our Living HEART.

You Have Awakened and Re-Membered. Now as you walk across the Rainbow Bridge of JOY; let the song of LOVE pierce our planet as we join together to create a New World of Equality, Equanimity and Peace.

Right NOW, as we merge with the DivineONE...

We vision and see ourselves existing in a World where all children are nurtured and educated and Loved.

Our Ancestors are ReMembered and Honored with Love.

Our Seniors and Children are cared for, honored and Loved.

It is a World of Compassion, Acceptance, Integrity, Humility, Mercy & Peace.

Know that as You Believe in Love, then the Air You Breathe Will Be Love.

You Are a Peacemaker, Dedicated to Helping Heal Our EarthHeart.

Today As You Honor Our Blessed Divine Creator, Allow Grace to Move Through You.

All that You Think, Do and Share.... Can and Should Be Done with UnSelfish Love.

Believe. Breathe. Pray. Live. Love.

Melony 💖
aka Miss Mellie Rainbow🎊

#BreathePrayLove #EarthIsOurHeart #Healing #Peacemaker

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Hymn For The Hurting by Amanda Gorman

Everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed and strange,
Minds made muddied and mute.
We carry tragedy, terrifying and true.
And yet none of it is new;
We knew it as home,
As horror,
As heritage.
Even our children
Cannot be children,
Cannot be.

Everything hurts.
It’s a hard time to be alive,
And even harder to stay that way.
We’re burdened to live out these days,
While at the same time, blessed to outlive them.

This alarm is how we know
We must be altered —
That we must differ or die,
That we must triumph or try.
Thus while hate cannot be terminated,
It can be transformed
Into a love that lets us live.

May we not just grieve, but give:
May we not just ache, but act;
May our signed right to bear arms
Never blind our sight from shared harm;
May we choose our children over chaos.
May another innocent never be lost.

Maybe everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed & strange.
But only when everything hurts
May everything change.

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🇫🇷WWII uncovered: Josephine Baker and the French Resistance

"Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials."

"Born in St. Louis Missouri, Josephine relocated to Paris at the age of 19 to pursue her career as a stage performer. Over time, Josephine became the most successful entertainer in France, transforming from a dancer into a film star and opera singer."

"After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle. Baker once said: "I have two loves, my country and Paris." (National World War II Museum)

Josephine passed quietly in her sleep on April 12th, 1975. She was 68 years old. Josephine Baker is the only American-born woman to receive full French military honors at her funeral. Baker's funeral was the occasion of a huge procession as she was interred at Monaco's Cimetière de Monaco.

"On 30 November 2021 Josephine Baker received the highest postmortem recognition in France, to be interred at the Panthéon. The placement is symbolic since Baker is buried in Monaco, where she will remain as her family has requested. However, the ceremony included placing a coffin containing handfuls of soil from four places she lived during her life in a tomb reserved for her in the Pantheon's crypt. A well-deserved honor and historical event as Miss Baker is the first black woman to lie symbolically in rest at the Pantheon. Lest We Forget.

#ww2uncovered #honorourveterans #ww2 #WorldWarII #worldwartwo #worldwar2 #frenchresistance #greatestgeneration #WWII #wwiiveteran #resistance #Paris #ww2history #spy #josephinebaker #lestweforget

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Once we can tolerate each other’s differences, then we will begin to see progress.

panafricanthought #africanculture #africanspirituality #africanconsciousness #blackconsciousness #panafricanism #panafrican #blackpower #blackunity #blackwealth #blacklove #blackfamily #africanhistory #africangreatness #blackexcellence #racism #race #childq #racisminbritain #kofiannan



Josephine Baker ❤️

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He was only fourteen. Today we remember Emmet Till’s courage and cannot imagine the terror he faced and endured. Today President Joe Biden signed the #EmmettTill Antilynching Act , making lynching a federal hate crime after more than a century of failed efforts in Congress to pass similar legislation. Long overdue. May Emmett and his brave mother, Mrs. Mamie Till-Mobley rest in heavenly peace. #lynchingisafederalhatecrime #justice #peace #equality


Lutamyo M. Leonard, painter/Berlin
& Mahoma Mwaungulu - Father & Son,
Concept & Direction:
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

Sen. Cory Booker Moves Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To Tears With Uplifting Speech
Sen. Cory Booker Moves Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To Tears With Uplifting Speech

Sen. Cory Booker Moves Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To Tears With Uplifting Speech

He was being his sister’s keeper! Senator Cory Booker moves Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to tears with an uplifting speech, The Grio reports. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is at the tail end of her four-day Senate confirmation hearings and while there have been some high moments, like...


Maya Angelou's poem perfectly describes Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's poise in the face of insane Republican lies and attacks.

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Frida Kahlo 1907-1954
Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress 1926

Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress is remarkable for a number of reasons. For starters, it is the first self-portrait that we know Frida ever painted; this, coming from a woman that would gain notoriety for the way she revealed herself in her numerous portraits. Secondly, it shows her dedication to being a well-rounded artist – her commitment to the study of great European artworks. Last but not least, this very portrait not only wooed Alejandro back, temporarily, but it also struck a chord with her future husband and fellow artist Diego Rivera, who would have an everlasting influence on her life and work.

Bedridden after the gruesome accident that left her pelvis, legs, spinal column, collarbone and ribs fractured, Frida Kahlo spent her long convalescence painting, reading voraciously, studying German and Italian Renaissance art and writing passionate letters to her boyfriend, Alejandro Gómez Arias. Although the couple was once inseparable, after the accident Alejandro started pulling away and visited Frida less frequently, which only intensified her insecurities and lamentations.

On the back of the painting, Frida wrote: “For Alex. Frida Kahlo, at the age of 17, September 1926 – Coyoacán – Heute ist Immer Noch (Today still goes on)”. It was a reminder that she was the same as from before the accident, at age 17, and that her love was just as strong.


Today we are featuring an essay from Wayne A. Young—

“When William Greaves’ film about the 1972 National Black Political Convention, which took place in my hometown of Gary, Indiana, was released in October 2021, the cry of “Nationtime” rang as it did in my high school nearly 50 years ago.

Watching the new restoration, I recall being a twelve-year-old boy and accidentally walking into the lobby and picking up literature that inspired dreams for my city and my country. As the film rolls, Richard Gordon Hatcher (who will be “my mayor” for eternity) opens the Convention in the newly constructed West Side High School with poet Amiri Baraka. Baraka starts by declaring the objectives of the 10,000-person gathering: “Firstly, the unity of Black people.”

It was sweet to see so many budding and established activists from Max Robinson to Rosa Parks to Ron Dellums all sitting in the Cougar Den — our gymnasium, with its orange and blue colors, turned into a historic gathering hall. The Convention was just one in a string of historic events that pollinated our industrial, working class, lakeshore town and made it an epicenter of Black progress and pride.”

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Georgia O’Keeffe - New York Street with Moon, 1925, oil on canvas, 122 x 77 cm
©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, VEGAP, Madrid

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Artist: Robert Delaunay
Nationality: French
Born: 1885
Died: 1941
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: .8 x 56.4 cm
Date of creation: 1904
Location: Brooklyn Museum

#oilpainting #painting #art #artist
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The Black Press of America Celebrates 195 Years of Pleading the Cause of African Descendants Everywhere - New York Amste...
The Black Press of America Celebrates 195 Years of Pleading the Cause of African Descendants Everywhere - New York Amsterdam News

The Black Press of America Celebrates 195 Years of Pleading the Cause of African Descendants Everywhere - New York Amsterdam News

From Freedom’s Journal to the North Star to John Abbott’s Chicago Defender, African American-owned newspapers have sparked fires for truth and equality that have burned with the passion of fighting for freedom throughout history.

Congress passes Emmett Till bill to make lynching hate crime
Congress passes Emmett Till bill to make lynching hate crime

Congress passes Emmett Till bill to make lynching hate crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Monday to legislation that for the first time would make lynching a federal hate crime in the U.S., sending the bill to President Joe Biden to sign into law.


The colors of the sea


"Monet's garden at Vétheuil" - 1880

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If it can be destroyed by the truth, it will be destroyed by the truth.

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program BerlinMagdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau, Portland & additional citiesFounder/Produ...
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin, Compilation, September 19, 2020

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau, Portland & additional cities
Founder/Producer/Director: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

September 19, 2020


###V. 2020 Black International Cinema Berlin previews:

“Sankara n'est pas dead / Sankara is not dead”
Director: Lucie Viver
France 2019

Avó Dezanove e o Segredo do Soviético / Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret”
Director: João Ribeiro
Portugal/Brazil/Mozambique 2019

Michiana Report
WNDU Television
South Bend, Indiana/USA
Host: Mark Kelley
Production, Direction, Coordination, Choreography:
Prof Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

Jazz Radio:
Congratulations to Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith & Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
Award from Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz (Association for Democracy and Tolerance)

"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don´t..." - Oscar Brown Jr.
"Mankind will either find a way or make one." - C.P. Snow
"Whatever you do..., be cool!" - Joseph Louis Turner
"Yes, I can...!" - Sammy Davis Jr.
"Yes, We can...!" - Barack Hussein Obama
"Yes, we can and Yes, we better...!" - Barack Hussein Obama and Donald Muldrow Griffith

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program BerlinMagdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau, Portland & additional citiesFounder/Producer/Director: Prof. Donald Muldrow Gr...

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Sorely Needed in Ukraine right now.

If we must die. The most famous poem of World War 2. By Jamaican : Claude McKay.


"I paint the things I have experienced," Jacob Lawrence stated.

Raised in Harlem, Lawrence studied at various federally funded community cultural centers and art workshops, where his talent was quickly recognized. The young artist soon applied his bold, unique style to the creation of narrative cycles devoted to African American history, leaders, and life.

With its bright, flat colors, bold patterning, and economical yet suggestive forms, this vibrant composition shows a bride and groom, flanked by two attendants, standing before a stern-faced minister. The arrangement makes us, like the attendants, participants in a major life event. The exuberant colors of the flowers and stained glass signify the happiness of the scene and create a composition full of movement and nervous energy.

See "The Wedding" by Jacob Lawrence on view in Gallery 263. #BlackHistoryMonth


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Transnational and Intercultural Diplomacy

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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Congratulations to Luther N. Mafalleh who won the award for best narrative production with BEHIND THE MASK and to Mensah-Nab Godstime who won the award for best children's film with FISHER BOY at the Black International Cinema Berlin 2021! You can watch the films here 👉 and here 👉
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
BERLIN Weiter gehts! Die nächste Quartiermeister-Förderung steht vor der Tür und zwar in Berlin! Folgende Projekte haben es in die Online-Abstimmung geschafft und freuen sich jetzt auf eure Stimme: Katapult, ITAP - Initiative Togo Action Plus e.V., Kiezhaus Agnes Reinhold​ & Black International Cinema Berlin. Zur Abstimmung geht's hier lang: #zumwohlealler