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Introduction: XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010
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XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010
A COMPLEXION CHANGE – International & Intercultural Diplomacy
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May 4-8, 2010
RATHAUS SCHÖNEBERG (City Hall)
"Opportunity, please knock...
XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010, May 4-8
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the 25th anniversary of the BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA 2010 in Berlin!
It is also my privilege to mention that FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Professor Griffith’s “Labor of Love” came to fruition in 1986, when the
Professor Donald Griffith’s method of utilizing art, culture, youth and adult education and dialogue, as a tool to enhance democratic principles, to eliminate violence, religious, ethnic, and gender-based discrimination and hatred, has become a great asset to our community; local as well as international.
Prof. Griffith is a true pathfinder, who spearheads the way to new frontiers. He embodies all of the qualities of the Fountainhead credo: especially the idea to promote understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups.
Christine Merkel, the Executive Director of the German Cultural Commission for UNESCO wrote (and I quote) “the German Commission for UNESCO appreciates this initiative. We kindly ask you to assist Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith and the FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE, BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA BERLIN, the COLLEGIUM-FORUM &TELEVISION PROGRAM BERLIN and CULTURAL ZEPHYR e.V., as well as all other co-organizers and project participants in realizing this project. We are convinced that this idea can offer inspiring experience to many people in the region”.
I would also like to take this opportunity to mention that the internationally renown Ballerina I mentioned earlier, became Professor Griffith’s partner and wife many years ago. I would like to thank Professor Gayle Mc Kinney Griffith for her determination and hard work, in jointly assuming the responsibility with her husband to fulfil the dream of change through art and culture, and to prevent these undertakings in dance, theatre, television, workshops, music, film/video festivals, seminars and publications, to become mere “footprints in the sand”.
In closing, I’d like to leave you with a few of Professor Griffith’s mottoes:
Oscar Brown Jr. said, “I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won’t if I don’t…”
And I, Barbara Saltmann, say, “Professor Griffith, keep on keeping on!”
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Griffith Prof. Donald Muldrow
(Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre/Black International Cinema Berlin/The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V.)
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre is a production, performance and distribution unit, which was initiated and developed by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, both experienced artists from the U.S.A.
Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre 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.
Additionally, Fountainhead® produces and directs since the founding in 1995, the weekly intercultural television magazine program THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, broadcast Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Alex - Open Channel Berlin, and furthermore televised in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and additional cities.
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