German Cinema Now! Ines Johnson-Spain's BECOMING BLACK
Goethe Pop Up Seattle's monthly GERMAN NOW CINEMA! film series supports artistic works that amplify the plurality of voices and experiences to inspire public dialogue.
November's screening takes place online; please register in advance. All proceeds from tickets ($0-25) benefit Northwest Film Forum. The film is only available between 5-11pm PDT on 11/25 to viewers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
About the film:
Germany | 2019 | 91 minutes | German/French with English subtitles
The film tells the true story of a dark-skinned child living in East-Germany, told by her white parents that her skin color is a mere coincidence of no importance. This child was filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain, who accidentally finds out the truth as a teenager.
In an intimate portrayal that's also a critical exploration, the filmmaker brings together painful and confusing childhood memories with matter-of-fact accounts that testify a culture of rejection and tight-lipped denial. Together with the movingly warm encounters with her Togolese family, Becoming Black develops into a reflection on themes such as identity, social norms, and family ties - seen from a very personal perspective.