Queerspace FC (film club): Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years @ Common House, London [15 November]

Queerspace FC (film club): Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years

18:30 - 22:30

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Common House
Unit 5E (press the buzzer, please don't ring any other buzzers), Pundersons Gardens, E2 9QG, E2 9QG
Doors open at 630 — Film should start around 730 :)

Queerspace FC is a collective of, and for, queer, lesbian, bi and trans women, transmen and non-binary and intersex people, promoting an affirming space where we can regularly play football, socialise and organise inclusive events. Queerspace FC (film club) is the social arm of Queerspace FC (football club) but you don’t have to be into football to join our fortnightly film screening! We aim to take turns curating and hosting evenings and you’re welcome to propose a movie, invite a guest speaker, etc. Our choice of films does not necessarily mean endorsement, discussion and dissent is welcomed!

This is an open social space, all self-identified queer, lesbian, bi and trans women, transmen and non-binary and intersex people welcome. Taking up space is political!

Doors open at 6.30pm. Suggested donation (for the Common House) £2 low/unwaged, £5 higher waged, noone will be turned away for lack of funds.

Feel free to bring your own popcorn, food, drinks, etc. There's a small kitchen at the Common House for making tea etc.

Access info: The Common House is on the ground floor close to Bethnal Green tube and many bus lines. It's wheelchair accessible although the bathroom is does not have turning space for a wheelchair. Nearest fully accessible loo 200m away at McDs on Bethnal Green Road. Seating consists of folding chairs, some arm chairs and some large floor cushions. If you have any specific access needs please get in touch and we will do our best to meet them.

The Movie: This evening we will be screening 'Audre Lorde — the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 — which documents Audre Lorde's influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. This chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.

Ika Hügel-MarshallSupported by Lorde’s example Afro-German women began to write their history and their stories and to form political networks on behalf of Black people in Germany. As a result authors such as May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye and Ika Hügel-Marshall published their works. Audre Lorde — The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 outlines Lorde’s contributions to the German discourse on racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, classism, and homophobia within the Black movement and the Black and white women’s movement, a discourse alive and growing today. Present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde’s ideas and the impact of her work and personality.

Litany for SurvivalThe relationship between Audre Lorde and Germany was mutually beneficial. During these years, Audre’s diagnosis of terminal cancer left her American doctors without hope for her survival. Berlin became her third home where she received naturopathic treatment in part responsible for the next eight years of her life.

The film represents an important addition to the documentary “A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde” by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson which was screened at the 45th Berlin Film Festival in 1995.
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