Are British dramas colonialist propaganda
Under the title "Trivial Tropics - Exotic Travel and Adventure Films from Germany - 9th International Film History Congress 1996" you can find some material and film information.
Information about the films A head hunt (to "German East Africa"), White Spirits - The colonial war against the Herero and Free Africa! (A film about the German »myth of Africa«: 500 excerpts from feature films, reports, documentaries, comics, etc. on the German image of Africa) can be found on the site of the filmmaker Martin Baer.
Filmmaker Peter Heller has also dealt with German colonialism in several films (KOLONIALMAMA - A JOURNEY INTO THE PRESENT OF THE PAST | Love for the Empire | Mandu Yenu | Usambara | Manga Bell | Mbogos Harvest | Jeck & Bläck), see her section "Germany in Africa" under Heller's film power.
On the subject of colonialism, proselytizing and Africa, the film "Das koloniale Misunderstanding" / Le malentendi colonial (2004) by Jean-Marie Teno is particularly recommended EZEF
German colonialism in Africa - A cooperation of Municipal cinemas and des information center 3rd world - iz3w (January / February 2005). All events took place in the communal cinema, Urachstr. 40, 79102 Freiburg
The year 2004 marked the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the colonial war that the German Empire waged between 1904 and 1908 against the Herero and Nama in what was then 'German South West Africa'. Like all of German colonial history, this first German genocide is hardly present in the public consciousness in this country - even though thought patterns, ways of reasoning and practices were practiced at the time, which were then further developed thirty years later in the discrimination and murder of European Jews.
With a varied program of films, lectures and readings from 19.1. until 4.2. Our current focus shifts the colonial war against the population of today's Namibia as well as the continued effect of colonialist attitudes under fascism and up to the present day. We look forward to welcoming a number of guests: Using historical hunting and landscape films, the film historian Wolfgang Fuhrmann will analyze the colonialist view of the German 'protected area' before the First World War. The lecture on “The Imaginary Conquest of Africa by German Scientists”, with which Alexander Honold will initiate the screening of the Nazi propaganda film “Germanin”, is dedicated to the self-image of the Germans as the better colonial rulers. In the presence of the director, we will show Martin Baer's latest film “White Ghosts”, which uses a German and a Namibian biography to investigate the consequences of the cruelest chapter of German colonial history, which have continued to the present day. And in a reading from his novel “Fester”, the author Christof Hamann focuses on the relationship between the colonial war and the Shoah and shows the continued effect of colonial attitudes in “normal” beer tourism.
Film and discussion: White Spirits - The Colonial War against the Herero | Germany 2004 | DF | 70 min. |
A hundred years ago the German Empire waged a war of annihilation against the rebellious Herero in "German South West Africa". How are memories of this chapter of colonial history dealt with on both sides? The German filmmaker Martin Baer accompanies the search for traces of the Herero Israel Kaunatjike, who lives in Berlin, in his Namibian homeland and becomes a protagonist himself: Both biographies show the interweaving of German and Namibian history. The debate over financial compensation caused by the reparations claims of the Herero People Reparations Corporation triggered, takes on a personal dimension.
Director Martin Baer also came into contact with his own family past completely unexpectedly during the course of his research: Some of his paternal ancestors, who once came to “Deutsch-Südwest” as settlers, still live in Namibia and South Africa to this day.
Director: Martin Baer | Wed 19.1., 7.30 pm | Fri 21.1., 7.30 p.m. in the presence of the director Martin Baer
Films and discussion: Film history as colonial history - early films from the colonies
The German colonies have repeatedly been the setting for cinematic colonial travel pictures and hunting films. But very few films have survived to this day. The film lecture evening offers the rare opportunity to see a selection of films (1910 to 1913) from the German colonial era in addition to image documents and illustrations from the history of colonial film and to analyze them in a concluding discussion.
Guest: Dr. Wolfgang Fuhrmann | Wed 26.1., 7.30 pm |
Movie: We had a dora in the southwest | FRG 1991 | 70 min. |
The documentary picks up on a previously neglected but highly interesting aspect of German colonial history and its consequences. In 1907 the 'Deutschkoloniale Frauenbund' is founded, with the help of which, among other things, the "supply" of German brides to the protection forces and settlers is to be promoted in order to counteract the supposedly threatened "sale of men in German Southwest and German East Africa". Even after 1918, when Germany no longer had any colonies, the Women's Association placed young women who were still willing to leave the country as "bearers of German discipline and customs" to Windhoek, Swakopmund or Tanga.
The film compiles historical archive material, contemporary photos, songs, quotes from plays or colonial novels and it contrasts this collage-like synopsis with the current statements of some women who went to Namibia with the women's association in the thirties or forties and still live there today.
Director: Tink Diaz | Sun January 30th, 7.30pm | Lecture, film, discussion
Human experiments in Africa
Lecture in the cinema: From the summit storm to the bush war in the bloodstream. The imaginary conquest of Africa by German science. Speaker: Alexander Honold (literary and cultural scientist, University of Basel) followed by the film "Germanin - The story of a colonial act" | Germany 1942/43 | 95 min. |
During the First World War, the Bayer Group developed a remedy to help fight sleeping sickness. At first it was called "Bayer 205". The remedy was later renamed "Germanin" and tested in the African colonies for the first time in 1921 on people in concentration camps. During National Socialism, a whole series of propaganda works appeared about the invention of the "Germanin", above all Hellmuth Unger's novel of the same name from 1938. This was filmed in 1942/43 by Max Wilhelm Kimmich, a brother-in-law of Propaganda Minister Goebbels.
Movie content: A medical expedition is researching sleeping sickness in the German colonies in Africa. The experimental station under expedition leader Prof. Achenbach is destroyed by the British at the outbreak of the First World War. Nevertheless, in the middle of the war, the results saved in Germany are used to develop the drug "Germanin". A second expedition for test purposes is hindered by the British, only the self-experiment of a German doctor makes the drug world famous and in 1923 enables re-entry into the now British colonies ...
Director: Max W. Kimmich based on the novel of the same name by H. Unger | with Luis Trenker, Lotte Koch, Peter Petersen and others | Wed 2. 2., 20.00 |
Movie: The Hottentots Venus - The Life of Sara Baartman | France 1998 | OmU | 52 min. |
The young girl Saartjie Baartman, born in what is now South Africa, was brought to Europe in 1810 by two Dutch businessmen. There, the fairground trade flourished with strangers and their physical abnormalities: As the "Hottentot Venus", Saartjie Baartman became a circus attraction from London to Paris. Scientific circles also showed interest in the foreign body: after her death in 1815, Baartman's body was dissected and exhibited in the Musée de l'Homme in Paris until 1976. It was not until 2002, after the completion of this film, that her remains could be transferred to South Africa. In addition to the popular curiosity, the documentary follows the role of science, which for a long time underpinned and legitimized common racism.
Director: Zola Maseko | Thu 3.2., 7.30 pm | Wed 9.2., 7.30
Reading: Christof Hamann: More solid
Christof Hamann's novel More solid, Published in 2003 by Steidl Verlag, is divided into three independent, chronologically non-sequential parts that are set in Poland, Namibia and the USA and are rather loosely linked by the main character Sebastian Fester and motivic-thematic correspondence. In Poland, Fester is collecting material for the Interback company for an advertising brochure about a donut-shaped pastry called Obwarzanki; in Namibia he accompanies his girlfriend Ruth as a tourist, who wants to organize so-called ›beer trips‹ to the former German colony, and in the USA he is researching a biography of a politically highly questionable author of ghost stories. Regardless of the locations spread across the globe, the focus of the novel is not on encountering an alien world, in which the festival, who is focused on his respective project, is hardly interested. The inner dynamic of the text arises rather from the fact that Fester is repeatedly disturbed in his opportunistic projects by characters who are involved in the crimes of German history, such as the genocide of the Herero and Nama in Namibia, and the subliminal persistence of fascist structures and Remember fantasies.
The writer Christof Hamann, who was born in 1966 on Lake Constance and lives near Düsseldorf, became known through his first novel Sea frosts (2001), for which he received the sponsorship award of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the ›Debut im Buddenbrookhaus‹ award.
| Fri 4.2., 20.00 | Gallery Alter Wiehrebahnhof
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