Becoming Black

Germany, 2019, 91 min, color
In German; English subtitles
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A white couple living in East Germany in the 1960s, tells their Black child that her skin color is purely by chance and has no meaning. This is also what the girl believes, until she accidentally discovers the truth as a teenager. Lucien, her dad, was a student from Togo and her married mother had an affair with him. The child is filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain. This intimate portrayal is an examination of social and political implications that testify to a culture of rejection and structural racism.


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