Becoming Black

Becoming Black

  • Dokumentarfilm von Ines Johnson-Spain
03.November  16:00 - 18:00
Passage Kinos Leipzig
    • Film

    A white couple in the GDR of the1960s tells their black daughter that her skin color is a coincidence. Only when she is a teenager does she accidentally discover the truth. Many years earlier, a group of Africans came to the GDR to study. Sigrid from Leipzig and Lucien from Togo fell in love. But Sigrid is married and has a son. When she becomes pregnant by Lucien, the family initially breaks up. But later they attempt to make a new start. Director Ines Johnson-Spain’s film follows the astonishing strategies that the couple develops in their struggle for “normality” after the birth of the black child. She does this from her own point of view, that of the child, now long grown up. BECOMING BLACK is an intimate portrait of a difficult childhood in a culture of silence and denial. The film illustrates what happens when those who don’t ‘fit’ suddenly become visible in an environment that normalizes. In search of her biological father, the director also sets off on a journey to Africa, where she meets her large Togolese family. Thus the film develops into a reflection on belonging, social norms, family concepts and systemic racism.

    There will be an introduction to the film and a follow-up discussion with the director Ines Johnson-Spain. Moderation: Dr. Veronika Darian.


    Free admission

    Director / author: Ines Johnson-Spain

    Camera: Sebastian Winkels, Anne Misselwitz

    Editing: Yana Höhnerbach

    Music: Jean-Paul Bourelly

    Photo: Filstill. Documentary by Ines Johnson-Spain ZDF 2019, 91 min.

    Archive 2021

    31st Festival Year