[Film Screening] Milli’s Awakening
March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
The BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Goethe-Institut Washington
invite you to:
Milli’s Awakening (Millis Erwachen)
a film screening & discussion with the filmmaker:
Natasha A. Kelly
Milli’s Awakening takes its name from the painting Schlafende Milli (Sleeping Milli, 1911), in which expressionist painter Ludwig Kirchner takes an eroticizing and exoticizing view of his Black female model. “Milli’s” silence speaks volumes about Black women’s positioning as anonymous objects of desire in European art. Milli’s awakening seeks to intervene in this history, by bringing together the voices of eight Black German women of different generations. Through their artistic practices they have defined self-determined positions within white German mainstream society. Like a quilt, the film unfolds in a way reflecting the diversity and interwoven nature of these (hi)stories.
Natasha A. Kelly is a writer, curator and scholar activist. In her works, she combines theory and practice due to create transfer-lines between art, academia and society. With her new publication and her simultaneous debut as a filmmaker she portraits collective experiences of Black Germans contrary to the usual formats of the dominant society.
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