Screening of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

  • Location: Atria's Library, Amsterdam
  • Date:
  • Time: 19:30
16 Feb Screening of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

Screening of a documentary about the Afro-American writer and feminist Audre Lorde, followed by a discussion with Anne Krul and Tieneke Sumter. Moderated by Munganyende Hélène Christelle.

It is no longer possible to register for this event after 17.00 on Wednesday 16 February.

At the end of the twentieth century, the African-American poet and essayist Audre Lorde lives in Berlin, where she exerted a great deal of influence on the Black feminist movement in Germany, both in a literary and political way. Audre Lorde also leaves her mark in the Netherlands.

This film is about Audre Lorde’s time in Berlin (between 1984 and 1992) and shows how the Afro-German movement develops and what role Lorde plays in this development. This is done with the aid of photos, video recordings, recited poems, and conversations with people who knew her personally.

Audre Lorde also was a great source of inspiration for Black women in the Netherlands. An example of this is action group Sister Outsider, one of Black lesbians who committed themselves to the visibility of Black, lesbian women in Amsterdam. The name Sister Outsider refers to a collection of essays written by Lorde.

The evening will be introduced and moderated by Munganyende Hélène Christelle. Tieneke Sumter (Sister Outsider) and Anne Krul (Strange Fruit) will be present for a Q&A afterwards about Audre Lorde’s influence on Black, lesbian and queer women in the Black, Migrant and Refugee Women’s Movement in the Netherlands.

Munganyende Helene Christelle

Munganyende is a feminist author and publisher. As a New Age Publisher, Munganyende is invested in publishing transformative feminist stories for digital native audiences. She is the founder of GAG: a guerilla womanist audiocollective most known for it’s production of the Dutch podcast Fufu&Dadels, catered to millenial and Gen-Z women. As an author, Munganyende’s essays have been highly acclaimed, named a trailblazing feminist voice of her generation by ELLE magazine and promising debut novelist by NRC. Munganyende is a professor in Beyoncéology at Artez Academy of the arts. She previously published “Liberté, Egalité, Beyoncé”, an anthology on black womanhood in popular culture. Munganyende is set to publish her debut novel Vreemd Fruit in 2022 with Pluim publishers.

Tieneke Sumter

Tieneke Sumter is a Surinamese-Dutch feminist. She is chair of the Survibes Foundation, for the Surinamese queer community, and has been committed to equality between women and men, and people of color and white people for years. At a young age she started the action group Sister Outsider together with Gloria Wekker, José Maas and Tania Léon and in the summer of 1984 they brought the poet Lorde to the Netherlands for three days.

Anne Krul

Anne Krul is a black artist, activist and poet. During the Black, Migrant, and Refugee Women’s Movement (1980-2000) she was active in several intersectional women’s organizations, such as Strange Fruit and Zami. In the spring of 2021, Anne will appear in Atria’s series about the movement, in which she and Gloria Wekker speak about their shared love for Audre Lorde.

Time and location

Location: Atria’s Library, Vijzelstraat 20, Amsterdam.
Time: 19:30, link is open from 19:15

It is no longer possible to register for this event after 17.00 on Wednesday 16 February.

Photo: Audre Lorde, © Dagmar Schultz