Online Screening of “Audre Lorde: The…

Online Screening of “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992”


Screening: Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

This weekend, from 16:28 (CET) Saturday December 5th through 16:28 (CET) Sunday December 6th, we look forward to streaming the documentary Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992 here, on this page.

We are extending the screening until 8pm CET.

Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 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 reunification of East and West Germany. The documentary — directed and produced by Dagmar Schultz, a close friend of Lorde’s in Berlin — 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.

The 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.

This special screening grows out of de Appel's reading group for Audre Lorde: Dream of Europe, a compendium of seminars and interviews published by Chicago-based Kenning Editions earlier this year. The book is edited with an afterword by Mayra A. Rodriguez Castro and a foreword by Dagmar Schultz. The reading group was held weekly, both online and in the Aula of de Appel, throughout Autumn 2020. We have a few copies of the book left in de Appel’s book store. Otherwise, please find them online.

More information about the documentary can be found here.