Black History Cinema


Black History Cinema

The African and African Diasporic resistance to European enslavement and colonialism - against segregation and apartheid knows many faces, commemorative years and days, histories, movements and names.

For Black History Month 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is presenting four films which deal with the division of Africa by the colonizing nations of Europe.

It was in February of that fateful year, 1884, that priests of the Mbona religion led the Massingina uprising in Nyassaland (today's Malawi) - as if they had sensed what was to happen in Berlin later that year. In November 1884, Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Reich, invited his European colleagues to the so-called 'Berlin Conference' or 'Congo Conference', in which the entire African continent was forcibly divided amongst the colonizing nations.

One-hundred years were to pass before Nelson Mandela became the first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa in 1994, marking the end of the last brutal stronghold of the white, racist delusion of superiority. It was an infinitely long century for Africans and the Diaspora; across the African continent, in the Americas and the Caribbean, children, women and men were risking their lives in the arduous battle for freedom and equality.

The Civil Rights Movement saw charismatic, religious leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and religiously-inspired protest songs unite the people. This eventually lead to the 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act, with which segregation became outlawed entirely: Black citizens were finally granted the right to use and move freely within all public spaces, busses, restaurants and toilets.

Black History Cinema took place within the framework of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN's ongoing film series WorldWideCinema and as part of Black History Month in February 2014.


  • February 6, 2014 | Schatten über dem Kongo. Schreckensgeister der Kolonialherrschaft | Documentary | 2012 | German/English | 92 min.
  • February 13, 2014 | Deutsch-Südwas? | Erinnerungen an einen deutschen Völkermord | Documentary | 2012 | 37 min.
  • February 20, 2014 | Let freedom sing
  • February 27, 2014 | Amandla! - A Revolution in Four Part Harmony | Documentary | 2002 | 103 min.


For Black History Month 2014 from January 28 through February 28, 2014 the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has organized an exhibition, discussion panels, a reading, religious dance performances and film screenings all around this year's theme of 'Religion, Music and Resistance' in the years 1884, 1904, 1964 and 1994 - a century long journey toward freedom.