Black Reels Film Festival

Black Reels Film Festival

Black Art Action Berlin (BAAB) is a collective of black, African and Afro-diasporic artists based in Berlin. We use our platform to support black communities and people in Germany through art and activism. The Black Reels Film Festival (BRFF) is an event for black filmmakers and film lovers to network and exchange ideas.

A wealth of different short films and stories await you at the BRFF that will make you want more. We hope that you will find yourself in these films dealing with topics like love, movement, connection, queerness and identity.

You can choose from the following short film sections: "Love and Freedom", "We Invented Embodiment" and "The Work We Do". Our feature film section shows a film by the director and associate professor at UC Davis, Branwen Okpako.

We also invite you to the world premiere of the two short films "Falling into the Light" and "Meditation on Memory and Ancestral Access", which were made during our first Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop. Afterwards, the workshop participants, black filmmakers from all over Germany, will hold a panel discussion to share their experiences.

We're hosting a meet and greet brunch for black creatives to connect with professionals in the black film industry. Comes with an open mind, questions and space in the stomach. Representatives of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg will come to us exclusively for this event to provide insights and answer questions. Please note the limited number of participants! Register as soon as possible.

In addition, we will also host a panel discussion with black voices from the German culture industry.

Come to network, make contacts, exchange ideas and experience films in which we have control over our narration.

*** No problem if you cannot participate! We will distribute the films and panel discussions on our website blackartactionberlin.de. You can spread yours with friends, family and acquaintances all over the world. Please write us an e-mail at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you would like to find out more about it.

*** COVID-19 regulations: Before entering ACUD MACHT NEW, we ask you to either prove a negative COVID-19 antigen test or to provide proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccination (x2 vaccinations). In addition, masks must be worn on the entire site.

*** Due to the COVID-19 regulations, the capacity of the BRFF is limited. We want to accommodate as many people as possible. So please only select three films if you want to see more than one section. We would like primarily to give black people the opportunity to participate in the BRFF. Please take this into account when registering for the event. Send us an email at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you have any questions.

*** We also want the BRFF to be accessible primarily to black communities in Germany, so the ticket price is "donation-based". We would like to continue this work in the future, so please donate what you can. Any amount is welcome.

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 4th

Occasion, 2 p.m.

"Feature film by Branwen Okpako": 90 minutes, 14.30-16.00

Break 16.00-16.30

"Love and Freedom, Part 1": 60 minutes, 4.30pm-5.30pm

Break 17.30-17.45

"Love and Freedom, Part 2": 60 minutes, 5.45pm-6.45pm

Break 18.45-19.45

"We invented embodiment": 60 minutes, 7.45pm-8.45pm

Closing event, 8.45pm-11pm

Sunday, September 5th

"Meet and Greet Brunch," 2 hours and 30 minutes, 12.30-3.00pm

Break 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

"The work we do": 90 minutes, 16.00-17.30

Break 5.30pm-6pm

"Black Reels Short Films + Panel Discussion": 90 minutes, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Closing event, 2 hours and 30 minutes, 7.30pm-10pm

Program:

"Love and freedom"

Freed Nature by Folashade Lena Niomi Sy (2020, Vienna, 25 min.)

plant portals: breath by Nicky Chue (2020, Berlin / London, 4 min.)

HDGDL by Sarah Claire Wray (2021, Berlin, 12 min.)

Mon Pays by Timmi Kwanku Davis (2019, Berlin, 18 Min.)

Outside the aquarium by Alex Mello (2021, Cologne / Bonn, 25 min.)

Respringendo by Denise Ekale Kum (2019, Germany, 19 Min.)

"We invented embodiment"

Black is Me by Elliot Blue (2017, Berlin, 4 min.)

Protective Style by Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes (2020, Vienna / Amsterdam, 15 min.)

Yagi's Kaleidescope by Yergalem Taffere (2021, Berlin, 13 min.)

GOD'S WORK by Tafa Henry (2020, Los Angeles, 4 min.)

Live Chile! by Rhea Ramjohn (2020, Berlin, 4 min. 30 sec.)

Memories of Reincarnated Imaginings by Nasheeka Nedsreal (2021, Berlin, 14 min.)

"The Work We Do"

black by Amuna Wagner (2020, Cairo / Nuremberg, 49 min.)

I HAVE A DREAM by Nancy Granaky Quaye (2021, Cologne, 21 min.)

The Gallery by Saudia Young (2020, Berlin / New York, 5 min.)

Black Art Action Berlin - Art Action by BAAB (2020, Berlin, 4 min. 15 sec.)

"Black Reels Short Films"

Falling into the Light by Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop participants (2021, Berlin, 20 min.)

Meditation on Memory and Ancestral Access by Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop participants (2021, Berlin, 20 Min.)

"Feature film by Branwen Okpako"

*** The spoken dialogues of the individual films are either in German, English or French.

*** The films have either German or English subtitles.

*** If you would like to take part in the panel discussion but need listening assistance, please send us an email to blackartactionberlin@gmail.com.

*** ACUD Macht Neu is barrier-free, but if you need mobility aid, please send us an email to blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you would like further information.

Visit us at blackartactionberlin.de or follow us on our Instagram page @blackartaction to stay up to date.

The Black Reels project is financially supported by the Fonds Soziokultur eV NEUSTART KULTUR, Medienboard Berlin-Bradenburg GmbH and Interflugs. Each One Teach One (EOTO) eV is the cooperation partner for the Black Reels Project. Ford Kelly visual design.

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Black Art Action Berlin (BAAB) is a collective of Black, African, and Afro-diasporic artists based in Berlin. We use our platform to support Black communities and people in Germany through art and activism. The Black Reels Film Festival (BRFF) is an event for Black filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share.

At the BRFF, you can expect to watch a plethora of various short films and stories that will leave you wanting more. We hope that you can see yourself reflected in these works, which explore topics like love, movement, connection, queerness, and identity.

You can choose to attend the following Short Film sections: "Love and Freedom," "We Invented Embodiment," and "The Work We Do." Our Feature Film section will show a film by director and Associate Professor at UC Davis, Branwen Okpako.

Additionally, we invite you to attend the world premiere of the two short films created during our first ever Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop, "Falling into the Light" and "Meditation on Memory and Ancestral Access." Afterward, the workshop participants, Black filmmakers from throughout Germany, will hold a panel discussion to share the experience.

We will host a Meet & Greet Brunch for Black creatives to connect with Black film industry professionals. Come with open minds, questions and room in your stomach. Representatives from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg will join us exclusively for this session to share any insights and answer questions. Please note the limited capacity! Register as soon as you can.

Additionally, we will host a panel discussion with Black voices in Germany's film during the BRFF.

Come to network, connect, exchange, and experience films where we are in control of our narrative.

*** Unable to attend, no problem! We will share the films and panel discussions via our website, blackartactionberlin.de. You can share this with friends, family, and loved ones throughout the world. Please email us at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you would like to know more about this.

*** COVID-19 Regulations: We ask that you provide either proof of a negative COVID-19 Antigen test or proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccination (x2 shots) before entering ACUD MAKES NEW. Additionally, masks must be worn throughout the premises.

*** Due to COVID-19 regulations, capacity at the BRFF is limited. We would like to accommodate as many people as the maximum number allowed. Therefore, please choose only three selections, if you wish to view more than one section. We want to prioritize space for Black people to attend the BRFF, please keep this in mind when registering for the event. Send us an email at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you have any questions.

*** Additionally, we want the BRFF to be accessible, especially for Germany's Black communities, thus the ticket price is "donation-based." With that, we'd love to continue to do this work in the future, so please donate what you can. Any amount is welcomed.

APPROXIMATE TIMINGS:

Saturday, September 4th

Entry, 2 p.m.

"Feature Film by Branwen Okpako": 90 Minutes, 14.30-16.00

Break 16.00-16.30

"Love and Freedom, Part 1": 60 Minutes, 16.30-17.30

Break 17.30-17.45

"Love and Freedom, Part 2": 60 Minutes, 5.45pm-6.45pm

Break 18.45-19.45

"We Invented Embodiment": 60 Minutes, 7.45pm-8.45pm

Closing Gathering, 2 Hours and 15 Mins, 20.45-23.00

Sunday, September 5th

"Meet and Greet Brunch," 2 Hours and 30 Mins, 12.30-3.00pm

Break 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

"The Work We Do": 90 Minutes, 16.00-17.30

Break 5.30pm-6pm

"Black Reels Short Films + Panel Discussion": 90 minutes, 6.00pm-7.30pm

Closing Gathering, 2 Hours and 30 Mins, 7.30pm-10pm

Program

"Love and Freedom"

Freed Nature by Folashade Lena Niomi Sy (2020, Vienna, 25 Min.)

plant portals: breath by Nicky Chue (2020, Berlin / London, 4 min.)

HDGDL by Sarah Claire Wray (2021, Berlin, 12 min.)

Mon Pays by Timmi Kwanku Davis (2019, Berlin, 18 Min.)

Outside the Aquarium by Alex Mello (2021, Cologne / Bonn, 25 min.)

Respringendo by Denise Ekale Kum (2019, Germany, 19 Min.)

"We Invented Embodiment"

Black is Me by Elliot Blue (2017, Berlin, 4 min.)

Protective Style by Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes (2020, Vienna / Amsterdam, 15 min.)

Yagi's Kaleideskop by Yergalem Taffere (2021, Berlin, 13 min.)

GOD'S WORK by Tafa Henry (2020, Los Angeles, 4 min.)

Live Chile! by Rhea Ramjohn (2020, Berlin, 4 min. 30 sec.)

Memories of Reincarnated Imaginings by Nasheeka Nedsreal (2021, Berlin, 14 min.)

"The Work We Do"

black by Amuna Wagner (2020, Cairo / Nuremberg, 49 Min.)

I HAVE A DREAM by Nancy Granaky Quaye (2021, Cologne, 21 min.)

The Gallery by Saudia Young (2020, Berlin / New York, 5 min.)

Black Art Action Berlin - Art Action by BAAB (2020, Berlin, 4 min. 15 sec)

"Black Reels Short Films"

Falling into the Light by Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop participants (2021, Berlin, 20 min.)

Meditation on Memory and Ancestral Access by Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop participants (2021, Berlin, 20 Min.)

"Feature Film by Branwen Okpako"

*** The spoken dialogue for each film is in either German, English, or French.

*** The films have either German or English subtitles.

*** If you would like to attend the panel discussion, but require hearing assistance, please email us at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com.

*** ACUD Macht Neu is accessible if you require mobility assistance. Please email us at blackartactionberlin@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Visit us at blackartactionberlin.de or follow our Instagram page @blackartaction to stay connected.

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