Phral mende – Who We Are is not a film about Sinti* and Roma* but a polyphonic self-portrait. In biographical interviews, personalities such as Anita Awosusi, Fatima Hartmann, and Ilona Lagrene talk to director Tayo Awosusi-Onutor about civil rights engagement, remembrance culture, and everyday racism. Their perspectives and individual experiences give rise to a vivid picture of Sinti* and Roma* in Germany which defies stereotypical views.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
Following the film, there will be a panel and an audience discussion with the director and the film’s protagonists – about identity and commitment, home and origins, and how one perceives oneself and is perceived by others. Taking part in the discussion are Tayo Awosusi-Onutor, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, and Estera Iordan, moderated by Dr. Jane Weiß (née Schuch).
Tayo Awosusi-Onutor, born in 1978 in Karlsruhe as daughter to a German Sintezza and a Nigerian father, describes herself as Afro-Sintezza. She is an R'n'B and soul singer, writer, and director and is involved in the IniRromnja group and in various other Communities of Color.
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Event Series: New German Stories (14)
New German Stories
Since 2014, New German Stories has been illustrating Germany’s past and present as a multiethnic society through the lens of individual lives. The event series includes readings, film screenings, and conversations.
Phral mende – Who We Are
15 March 2018
Film and Discussion on Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany
Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany
Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.
19 Oct 2017
With Karamba to the Bundestag
Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby (in German)
1 Jun 2017
Eine Sintifamilie erzählt
(Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts)
Discussion and reading with Anita Awosusi
23 Mar 2017
A Jew in Neukölln:
My Path to Coexistence of Religions
The theology student and journalist Ármin Langer presents his first book
19 Oct 2016
Children of the liberation
6 July 2016
Discussion and reading with Marion Kraft, Ika Hügel-Marshall and Judy Gummich: The perspectives of black Germans of the postwar generation
ХАИМ – HEIM (Home)
15 March 2016
Discussion and film clips with Robert Schulzmann
Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (A Jewish mother reveals all)
19 May 2015
Reading and discussion with Adriana Altaras
Osama bin Laden is sleeping with fishes
10 March 2015
Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi
The “Koscher Light” Generation
9 September 2014
Reading and discussion with Alina Gromova
8 July 2014
Film showing and discussion with Canan Turan
Being German and Black as well
13 May 2014
Reading and discussion with Theodor Michael
On Growing up and Living in Germany
20 March 2014
Reading and discussion with Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf
We, the new Germans
Who we are, what we want
15 January 2014
Reading and discussion with Alice Bota, Khuê Pham and Özlem Topçu