Black History Month Film Series


To celebrate Black History Month, RLS-NYC and Maysles Cinema present two critically acclaimed documentaries exploring the impact of black radical tradition in the United States and around the world.

All films set in person. Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Blvd (between 127th and 128th Streets), Harlem.

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

79 Minutes, Germany, Real, Dagmar Schultz

Friday, February 18, 2022
6:30 p.m. Food and drink reception, 7:30 p.m. Movie start time

Audre Lorde—The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 explores a little-known chapter in the writer’s prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German movement and made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin. Lorde mentored and encouraged black German women to write and publish as a means of asserting their identity, rights and culture in a society that isolated and silenced them, while she empowered white German women. challenge to recognize and constructively use their white privilege.

This documentary features never-before-seen audiovisual material from director Dagmar Schultz’s personal archive, including stunning off-stage footage of Audre Lorde. With testimonials from colleagues, students and friends of Lorde, this film documents Lorde’s lasting legacy in Germany.

Speakers: Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro (author of Audre Lorde: Dream of Europe), Andreas Gunther (Director of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung‒New York Office)


WEB Du Bois: a biography in four voices

76 Minutes, USA, Dir. Louis Massiah

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
6:30 p.m. Food and drink reception, 7:30 p.m. Movie start time

The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (WEB) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insight into a turbulent century of African-American history. Born three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois witnessed the imposition of Jim Crow, his defeat by the civil rights movement and the triumph of African independence struggles.

Du Bois was an accomplished scholar-activist whose groundbreaking works remain among the most significant and articulate ever produced on the subject of race. His contributions and legacy were so significant that this first film biography required the collaboration of four prominent African-American writers. Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka recount successive periods of Du Bois’s life and discuss its impact on their work.

Speaker: Louis Massiah, the director of the film

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