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A COMPLEXION CHANGE - Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama


produced & directed
by/produziert und geleitet von

® Tanz Theatre/Black International
Cinema Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Offener Kanal Berlin (OKB),
Open Channel Berlin
5, 13355


JANUARY 20, 2009 - LIVE
5.00-9.00 pm/17.00-21.00


Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009

Barack Hussein Obama

My Thoughts
on Barack Obama

In 2008,
history was made when Barack Obama was elected president. This made me feel very
proud to be an African American.
America has taken a big step in accepting
diversity in political leadership roles. By that I mean voting for and electing
our first African American president, Barack Obama. Barack Obama is an
inspiration to me, because he proved that there can always be change as long as
you are willing to work toward it.
I also believe, he will make every effort
to find a peaceful solution to ending the war in Iraq, solving the crisis with
the economy, and any other crisis that may effect America and its people in the
Barack Obama is an inspiration to every American - Black, White,
Asian, and Hispanic.

Tyler Jerami Griffith, 12 years old

Chicago/Illinois, USA

Gedanken zu Barack Obama

Im Jahr 2008
wurde Geschichte gemacht, als Barack Obama zum Präsidenten gewählt wurde. Dies
machte mich sehr stolz darauf, ein Afrikanisch-Amerikaner zu sein.
hat einen großen Schritt darin getan, Verschiedenheit in der politischen Führung
zu akzeptieren. Damit meine ich, für unseren ersten afrikanisch-amerikanischen
Präsidenten, Barack Obama, zu stimmen und ihn zu wählen. Barack Obama ist eine
Inspiration für mich, weil er bewiesen hat, dass es immer Veränderungen geben
kann, so lange man gewillt ist, darauf hin zu arbeiten.
Ich glaube auch,
dass er jede Anstrengung unternehmen wird, eine friedliche Lösung zu finden, um
den Krieg in Irak zu beenden, die Wirtschaftskrise zu überwinden und jede andere
Krise, die sich in Zukunft auf Amerika und seine Menschen auswirken mag.

Barack Obama ist eine Inspiration für alle Amerikaner - Schwarze, Weiße,
Asiaten und Lateinamerikaner.

Jerami Griffith, 12 Jahre alt

& Direction:
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
Forum & Television Program Berlin

Wolfsburg, Magdeburg, Dessau

in association

Kanal Berlin
Helden der Nichtarbeit

Classic In Black

via Television - Radio -


Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Guest Moderation:


Tim Fiege, Andreas Krejci, Werner Kehl, Thomas Kramer, Steffen Meyer -
Peter Henselder - T.o.p.-TV
Yvette Robertson
MFA Kera

Mike Russell
Norma Wright
Hartmut Noack - Helden der Nichtarbeit

Harry Louiserre - Classic In Black
Rolf Gänsrich - OKBeat
Mark Caldwell
Fred Kastein
Ludwig Marx
Orhan Oflaz -
Sophia Richards

Cordula Alkert
- Rathaus Schöneberg
David Gnad - Documentary Barack Obama
uniRadio - Interview
with Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
Tyler Jerami Griffith - My Thoughts on
Barack Obama
Andrea Brehme - Photography & Photographic Exhibition


Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre / The Collegium - Forum & Television
Program Berlin, January 17, 2009

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Opening Ceremony Presentation, Embassy USA Berlin 2009

May 7, 2009
4.30 pm, Library (Bibliothek), Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall), Berlin/Germany

XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin
Germany & USA 2009
May 7-10

Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall)
10825 Berlin-Schöneberg

"A COMPLEXION CHANGE – International & Intercultural Diplomacy"

A tribute to:

Chancellor Willy Brandt
"The future will not be mastered by those who dwell on the past."

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

President John F. Kennedy
"We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth."

President Barack Hussein Obama
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

produced & directed by
in association with

in cooperation with
Commissioner for Integration, District Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin



Terrence K. Williamson
Information Management Officer
Embassy of the United States of America, Berlin

Dear Professor Griffith
Dear Ms. Gün Tank (Commissioner for Integration, Tempelhof-Schöneberg district)
Dear guests and filmmakers from Berlin and from around the World,

It is a great pleasure for me to be with you tonight at this historic building to celebrate the opening of the 24th Black International Cinema Festival Berlin. Professor Griffith, I am quite sure that no one foresaw such a success when the first festival opened in 1986. I would like to congratulate you, your wife and all your friends and supporters for your energy, vision, and - yes - your stubbornness and perseverance throughout these many years.
"Black International Cinema Berlin": Looking back this title tells in just four short words a remarkable story of a remarkable festival. While in the early years it was mainly presenting works by black filmmakers, it soon became both international and multicultural.

"Ich bin ein Berliner", those famous words spoken by President Kennedy in front of this building, were an expression of the special relationship between Americans and Berliners that began 60 years ago at the time of the Berlin Blockade and the Airlift.

When the Griffith family came to Berlin at the end of the 70s, this was a very different city, divided and marked by the Cold War. They decided to stay and to raise their children: to become citizens of Berlin. And this meant, in the very best of American traditions, to get involved in the city's life, to contribute to the development of the community. Well, that's why we are here today...

I would like to close my remarks by citing two short quotes from President Barack Obama - well, actually one is the title of a book, written by Sammy Davis, Jr.: "Yes, I can...!"

When I grew up in the deeply segregated south and was told I couldn't befriend a young Caucasian playmate, someone else told me, Yes I can!

When I developed a speech impediment so severe that I couldn't complete a sentence without singing a really bad song, someone else told me, Yes I can!

And when my teachers educationally tracked me towards a trade and told me I would not go to college, someone else told me, Yes I can!

I stand here today as living testimony of the power of the simple phrase, Yes I can!

The second one you will find as a motto of this festival:
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Professor Griffith embodies the essence of this motto and the results of his compassion as an agent of change are why we are here today.

I wish you a successful festival, engaging discussions and many fascinated spectators.

Thank you.

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About fountainhead

Griffith Prof. Donald Muldrow
(Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre/Black International Cinema Berlin/The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V.)

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre is a production, performance and distribution unit, which was initiated and developed by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, both experienced artists from the U.S.A.
Fountainhead® engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious backgrounds, and sexual identities, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural areas, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and to the world community.
Since its founding in 1980, Berlin/Germany, Fountainhead® has presented a variety of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary productions in the areas of dance, theatre, film festivals, television programming, film distribution, publications, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and musical presentations.
One of the productions is the annually presented Black International Cinema Berlin, which was founded by Fountainhead® in 1986 in Berlin/Germany and since then, has been produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre on a regular basis in Berlin/Germany, other European and US-American cities.
The festival screens cinema from the African Diaspora and other films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre in 1986 for the first time in Europe, a 3-week event in Berlin, which presented the contributions of Black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to the legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons.
The venues were the Theatermanufaktur am Halleschen Ufer from March 3-16, music – dance – theatre; Hochschule der Künste Berlin on March 11, symposium; Kino Arsenal from March 17-23, film.
Organization and Artistic Direction: Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith (USA/Berlin), Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith (USA/Berlin), Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (USA/Berlin), Dr. Ntongela Masilela (South Africa);
in cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Abdul Alkalimat (USA), Uazuvara Ewald Katjivena (Namibia), Getinet Belay (Ethiopia), Joliba Africa Center; Organization: Erika Gregor (Arsenal Cinema, Germany); Organization Assistance: Annette Koschmieder (Germany)

Additionally, Fountainhead® produces and directs since the founding in 1995, the weekly intercultural television magazine program THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, broadcast Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Alex - Open Channel Berlin, and furthermore televised in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and additional cities.
In 1990 Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre established Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a not for profit organization, which administers the cultural and artistic undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre.

"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don´t..."
Oscar Brown Jr.
"Mankind will either find a way or make one."
C.P. Snow
”Whatever you do..., be cool!"
Joseph Louis Turner
”Yes, I can...!”
Sammy Davis Jr.
”Yes, We can...!”
Barack Obama



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