We have always been here; we have always been queer.

Contemporary cinematic afrodescendant LGBTQIA+ perspectives

Online Event Premiere: 12th November at 6pm (18:00)

Contact info@forum-brasil.de to get the password for viewing access.

Forum Brasil and AfroPolitan Berlin present two contemporary short films by Afrobrazilian and Afrodiasporan filmmakers from Germany, accompanied by talks with the artists.

Queerness / LGBTQIA+ community is not a newfangled development, but rather a component of afrodescendant origins. This online film event highlights perspectives exploring identity, belonging, ancestry, love, survival, affection, loneliness, community, fears, hopes and resistance. Based on the diversity of bodies, narratives and aesthetics, the event focuses on marginalised perspectives within society, within communities, but also within the mainstream film industry. The films offer a short but nuanced look at the diverse histories and realities of Black queer people, who are also exposed to even greater marginalisation, discrimination, and violence. The event focuses on decolonised perspectives encouraging us to (re-)discover Black LGBTQIA+ perspectives beyond contemporary Western clichés and stereotypes.

Event language: English & German with English subtitles

Jota Ramos (they/them) – Co-Director “Falling into the Light”
Alex Mello (he/him) – Director “Outside the Aquarium”
Kameron Locke (he/him) – Black Reels Project Lead and founding member of BAAB


Films & Artists:

“OUTSIDE THE AQUARIUM” is the new exhibition of the protagonist Jonas. In his search for true love, he portrays his experiences as a Black immigrant and part of the LGBT community in his paintings. The works show his fears, loneliness and dreams for the future. The film is one of the first film productions in Germany to deal with the homo-afectivity of Black men, with themes that embrace these bodies and their plurality. The premiere at the festival “From Africas and Diasporas” dedicated to Black cinema is a reaction to racism in the audiovisual field.

Director: Alex Mello (2021, Cologne/Bonn, 25 Min.) / German with English subtitles

Alex Mello (he/him) is an actor, filmmaker and theatre educator. He studied acting and theatre in Rio de Janeiro, where he spent his childhood and youth. He has lived in Germany for several years. In addition to his acting activities, Alex Mello works as a theatre educator in Cologne and Bonn with children and young people. As a filmmaker he has made short films. Main focus: Gender, racism and migration.

Six Black filmmakers come together for the first-ever Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop to create a story about healing and belonging. Sambatra, a flamboyant Black Trans Non-binary person, is lost in a park in Berlin after a party. They feel an intense feeling of dissociation and confusion. This has happened before, their mind takes them away to cope with trauma, anxiety, gender dysphoria and racism. But this time is different. They pass out and their Consciousness travels to another dimension where there is no time. Here, they meet ‘Ancestors’ who share messages for their journey towards healing.

Directors: Black Pearl de Almeida (she/her), Nicky Chue (they/them/kein), Alex Mello (er/ihm), Osman Mukhtar (he/him), SJ Rahatoka (they/them), Jota Ramos (they/them)
(2021, Germany, 15 min. 30 secs., Afro-futuristic/Sci-fi) / English, Portuguese & Yoruba
Falling into the Light Workshop Leader / Lead Editor: Branwen Okpako (she/her)
Assistant Editor: Hildegard Oehler (sher/her)
Black Reels Filmmaking Workshop facilitated by Black Art Action Berlin (BAAB)/Black Reels Project Team

Jota Ramos (they/them), 1989, was born in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and is currently living in Berlin (Germany). Starting from autobiographical artistic experiments, they explore the body, mind and writing in performance, video, photography and poetry practices. Creating dissident subjectivities that dialogue with symbolic, etymological and black identity references with topics of afropresentism and gender the artist search for possibilities of transforming our current reality reorganizing the present to envision a future in the future. They work aims to bring a poetic reflection as a healing space thinking about how our accumulated bodies of past and future transform – in this unknown present – ancestral technologies into tools for expanding the total change of the pillars that sustain today’s society.

Kameron Locke (he/him) is devoted to creating spaces for creativity, connection and new possibilities. As a classical singer and research-based artist, he expresses what he defines as the “Facets of Blackness” through music, performance, study and community work. Locke navigates cultural, community and academic spaces as a socially-conscious performer and musicologist. Locke successfully crafts opportunities for communities: through his Classical Inclusion, an afterschool initiative in Chicago that connected youth from diverse backgrounds to the various mediums employed to create art song; with The Village, a music recording workshop series for Goldsmiths University LGBTQ+ students of color, as a founding member of Black Art Action Berlin (BAAB), a collective of Black artists who create community by empowering Black voices through art, collaboration and activism, and as Project Leader for the Black Reels Project, a filmmaking workshop and film festival for and with Black filmmakers and creatives in Germany. Locke is dedicated to this work, creating necessary spaces and using his voice as a vehicle.


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Kultur als Widerstand – Buchtipps 2021!

Online Event Premiere 11. Dezember 2021 um 11 Uhr

Forum Brasil und AfroPolitan Berlin präsentieren Einblicke in fünf aktuelle Buchpublikationen von Schwarzen & afrodiasporischen Autor:innen im deutschsprachigen Raum. Wir sprechen mit Herausgeber:innen und Autor:innen über ihre Werke, deren Entstehung und erhalten in kurzen Lesungen von ihnen ganz direkte Eindrücke.

Denn auch dieses Jahr zeigte sich mal wieder, insbesondere in der Literaturwelt, Schwarze und afrodiasporische Künstler:innen befinden sich oft schon allein durch die Darstellung und Präsenz ihrer Perspektiven innerhalb einer weißen Dominanzgesellschaft in einer Position des Widerstands. Ihre kulturellen Arbeiten sind treibende Kräfte und tragende Säulen von Communities, Movements und sozialem Wandel. Doch zugleich ist die Existenz als Resistenz und die Arbeit jenseits des kulturellen Status Quos immer eine besondere Herausforderung und ein großer Kraftakt.

Wir möchten uns einem Ausschnitt an neuen Buchpublikationen von Schwarzen & afrodiasporischen Autor:innen widmen, von Kinderbüchern, über Ratgeber, bis hin zu genre-übergreifenden Sammelbänden! Ob auf der Suche nach dem nächsten Lesestoff zur Unterhaltung, Inspiration, Weiterbildung, als Geschenkideen oder für die eigene Wunschliste, unser Online-Event bietet für Jung und Alt, und allem dazwischen, spannende Entdeckungen, Erkenntnisreisen und Erfahrungswelten.

Mit dabei sind:

• Gib mir mal die Hautfarbe von Tebogo Nimindé-Dundadengar (als Gästin dabei) & Olaolu Fajembola; Spiegel-Bestseller-Ratgeber das Eltern unterstützt, aktiv gegen Rassismus im Alltag von Kindern vorzugehen.
• Wie wir sind von Terezinha Malaquias (als Gästin dabei) mit Illustrationen von Sandra Sampaio Rodrigues; zweisprachiges Kinderbuch (Portugiesisch-Deutsch & Portugiesisch-Englisch) aus der Perspektive eins afrobrasilianischen Mädchens.
• Wo ist die Weihnachtsmagie? von Fátima Nascimento (als Gästin dabei); zweisprachiges Kinderbuch (Portugiesisch-Deutsch) über Paul, auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Weihnachtsmagie nach dem Tod seiner Oma.
• Sisters and Souls 2 – Herausgegeben von Natasha A. Kelly (als Gästin dabei) & kurze Lese-Ausschnitte von Ko-Autor:innen; neue Inspirationen der jungen Generation, in Gedenken zum 25. Todestages von May Ayim.
• Schwarz wird großgeschrieben – Herausgegeben von Evein Obulor & RosaMag; 20 Schwarze FLINTA* erzählen intim und schonungslos ihre Lebensrealitäten, Ziele und Zukunftsvisionen.

• Moderation: Tessa Hart (Projektleitung AfroPolitan Berlin, Ko-Autor!n Sisters and Souls 2 & Schwarz wird großgeschrieben)

Die Veranstaltungen findet in deutscher Lautsprache statt, mit deutschsprachiger Untertitelung.

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