Sunday, June 23, 2013

Short films: struggling sisters in "Our Rhineland" and Black disillusion in Notting Hill

How does it feel being Black/mixed race in Germany during the Third Reich period in 1937 when you have to fight against forced sterilisation by the Nazis? How does feel being Black in London's Notting Hill in 1958 when you feel British, but have to cope with racial tension, violence and isolation. These are the topics of the award wining American short film "Our Rhineland" and the British short film "Sorry We don't help Darkies”. Two great short films about the Black experience in Europe

Our Rhineland
In 1937, under the Third Reich, Germans of mixed race are being rounded up and rendered sterile. The looming threat is dangerously close, yet two sisters struggle over how to react - Sofia yearns to fight, while Marta says cope. Their bond must be stronger than their differences if they are to overcome the horror of the Reich.


Sorry We Don't Help Darkies
A Caribbean family living in London's Notting Hill during the tension and violence that led to the 1958 race riots, comes to a brutal realisation that life in post war Britain is far from the 'Mother Country' that would welcome them with open arms as they had been told...


Check:
The fate of blacks in Nazi Germany
Notting Hill Riots 1958

5 comments:

  1. Erik (Afro-Europe) the blog is getting better and better by the day the closer you get to leaving! Are you SURE you don't want to change your mind and stay?????

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    1. Thanks John! But I am now enjoying the blog as reader. :)

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  2. High impact piece: "Sorry we don't help darkies"

    Just stumbled across this blog today! Looks like I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time here from now on..

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