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BECOMING BLACK

BY INES JOHNSON-SPAIN
Becoming Black

BECOMING BLACK tells the true story of a dark-skinned child living in East-Germany that has been told by its white parents that her skin color is a mere coincidence and that it’s of no importance. Until one day as a teenager, the daughter accidentally finds out the truth.

The child is filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain. Meeting her stepfather Armin and others from her childhood years, she tracks the astonishing strategies of denial her parents and the surroundings had developed. In an intimate portrayal but also critical exploration she brings together painful and confusing childhood memories with matter-of-fact accounts that testify a culture of rejection and tight-lipped denial. Yet, the movingly warm encounters with her Togolese family develop Becoming Black also into a reflection on themes such as identity, social norms and family ties, seen from a very personal perspective.

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Festivals & Awards

  • IDFA Official Selection 2019

  • International Womens Film Festival Cologne/ Dortmund 2020

ORIGINAL TITLE

Becoming Black

YEAR

2018

GENRE

Documentary, Portrait

DURATION

91 min.

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

French, English

COUNTRY

Germany

DIRECTOR

Ines Johnson-Spain

WRITER

Ines Johnson-Spain

PRODUCTION

Kobalt Documentaries GmbH

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