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We are an international, intercultural community of personsengaged in achieving increasing understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups in support ofdemocratic procedures and the elimination ofviolence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution,youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred through the process of art, education, culture and dialogue.

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XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

A COMPLEXION CHANGE – International & Intercultural Diplomacy
The Magical Oasis Cinema Experience

in cooperation with
Commissioner for Integration, District Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin

May 4-8, 2010

Kinosaal (cinema) & Bibliothek (library)
10825 Berlin, Germany
Admission is without charge

"Opportunity, please knock...
….We Have A Dream and Still We Rise.…"


from the Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin
to the XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

Migration has always – nowadays and in the past – created a multicultural reality.
To acknowledge this fact and to anchor it in the center of society, remains a significant task for the coming years.

Despite the current efforts in the debate regarding integration politics, to acknowledge “diversity” being an “enrichment”, old ideas are still prevalent that there exists a “homo­genous majority” in the center of society, to which “foreign minorities” are challenged to assimilate.

In contrast to this I would like to point out: the city’s society of Berlin is heterogeneous, people from different ways of life live here, together in active and dynamic connections. On the way to an urban society acknowledgement of a changed societal complexion, is a first step.

Not only portraying this diversity, but furthermore to actively realize it requires an open dialogue on a level playing field, equal opportunities and the right to participate.

Art and culture can build bridges, cross borders and pull away from stereotypical categorized thinking. Therefore, initiatives such as Black International Cinema Berlin are important for the capital of Germany.

In 2010, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Black International Cinema Berlin.
I extend my congratulations to the organizers of Black International Cinema Berlin,
a cultural highlight which is unique Germany-wide.

I wish the events many guests and for all of us, new inspiration.

Gabriele Gün Tank
Commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany

der Integrationsbeauftragten des Bezirks Tempelhof-Schönberg, Berlin
zum XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

Migration hat schon immer - heute und gestern - vielkulturelle Realität geschaffen. Diese anzuerkennen und im Zentrum der Gesellschaft zu verankern, bleibt auch in den kommenden Jahren eine wichtige Aufgabe.

Trotz aktueller Bemühungen in der integrationspolitischen Debatte, „Vielfalt“ als „Bereicherung“ anzuerkennen, herrschen immer noch alte Vorstellungen vor: Es gebe eine „homogene Mehrheit“ im Zentrum der Gesellschaft, an die sich die „fremden Minderheiten“ anzupassen haben.

Demgegenüber möchte ich betonen: Berlins Stadtgesellschaft ist heterogen, Menschen in verschiedenen Lebenslagen leben hier, miteinander in aktiven und dynamischen Beziehungen. Auf dem Weg in eine urbane Gesellschaft ist die Anerkennung des gewandelten gesellschaftlichen Erscheinungsbildes ein erster Schritt.

Diese Diversität nicht einfach nur abzubilden, sondern sie darüber hinaus aktiv umzusetzen, erfordert einen offenen Dialog auf Augenhöhe, braucht Chancengleichheit und das Recht auf Teilhabe.

Kunst und Kultur kann hier Brücken bauen, Grenzen überschreiten und sich stereotypischem Schubladendenken entziehen. Deshalb sind Initiativen wie Black International Cinema Berlin wichtig für die Hauptstadt.

Im Jahre 2010 begehen wir das 25jährige Jubiläum von Black International Cinema Berlin.
Mein Dank geht an die Organisatorinnen und Organisatoren von Black International Cinema Berlin, ein kulturelles Highlight, welches deutschlandweit einmalig ist.

Ich wünsche den Veranstaltungen zahlreiche Besucher und uns allen, neue Anregungen.

Gabriele Gün Tank
Integrationsbeauftragte des Bezirks Tempelhof-Schönberg, Berlin/Germany

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About fountainhead

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.
Fountainhead® engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious backgrounds, and sexual identities, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural areas, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and to the world community.
Since its founding in 1980, Berlin/Germany, Fountainhead® has presented a variety of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary productions in the areas of dance, theatre, film festivals, television programming, film distribution, publications, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and musical presentations.
One of the productions is the annually presented Black International Cinema Berlin, which was founded by Fountainhead® in 1986 in Berlin/Germany and since then, has been produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre on a regular basis in Berlin/Germany, other European and US-American cities.
The festival screens cinema from the African Diaspora and other films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

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.
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. Gayle McKinney Griffith (USA/Berlin), Prof. Donald Muldrow 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)

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.
In 1990 Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre established Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a not for profit organization, which administers the cultural and artistic undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre.

"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 Obama



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