What to Watch

A series of film and video recommendations.

They are organized into the following categories:

– Web Series on YouTube
– Short Film Clips and Excerpts
– Documentaries
– Full-Length Feature Films


 

WEB SERIES ON YOUTUBE

Schwarz Rot Gold/Schwarz Rot Gold TV
This web series documents Black German biographies in contemporary Germany.

Polyglot
Polyglot is a web series following the life of an Afro-German woman in Berlin.

Witnessed
Witnessed is a series of short clips featuring black authors and artists in Germany.


 

SHORT CLIPS AND EXCERPTS

The Sorrow and the Pity
Film footage of Nazi Germans shouting gibes at French colonial troops.

 “Kennt der Deutsch?” (1974)
A clip from the NDR documentary, Ein Deutscher Boxer (2012) .

Shit some white Germans say to black Germans
A personal account of the racist comments a black German ecounters in his everyday life.

Shit White Germans Say to Black Germans
A comedic treatment of racial comments encountered in everyday life.

Jennifer Teege
The granddaughter of a Nazi war criminal on Deutsche Welle.


 

DOCUMENTARIES

Afro-Deutschland (2017)
This 2016 documentary uses interviews with figures like Sami Deluxe, Gerald Asamoah, and Theodor Michale to explore what it means to be Black in Germany today.

Majubs Reise (2014)
This 2014 documentary follows the life and career of Black actor Majub bin Adam Mohamed Hussein, who eventually was deported to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, where he died in 1944.

real life: Deutschland (2010)
A documentary about Afro-German youth.

Black Tape
A documentary on the history of German hip hop, featuring several Afro-German musicians.


 

FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILMS

Toxi (1952)
Toxi tells the story of a young Afro-German girl of the same name who finds herself living with a white middle-class German family.

Schwarzfahrer (1993)
Pepe Danquart’s Oscar-winning short film from 1993 captures the daily racism a black man experiences on the tram.

Teza (2009)
Teza tells the story of an Ethiopian student migrating back and forth between Ethiopia, West Germany, and East Germany.

Kleine Große Stimme (2015)
Kleine Große Stimme tells the tale of an Austrian boy seeking his African American father.

Neger, Neger, Schornsteinfeger!
Premiering in 2006 on German television, it is also available with English subtitles.

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