EXCLUSIVE: Black Cinema Berlin opens May 2
'A Menina Dos Olhos Grandes/Girl With Big Eyes,' centers on a Creole girl who returns from Europe to Cape Verde because of her father's sudden death.

An exciting array of films from all over the world will be screened during Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre’s 27th annual Black International Cinema Berlin festival May 2-6.

Contributions include “A Menina Dos Olhos Grandes / Girl With Big Eyes, ” based on a free adaptation of a popular fairy tale from Cape Verde. The story centers on a Creole girl who returns from Europe to her homeland because of her father’s sudden death, “18 IUS SOLI,” a documentary about the 900, 000 Italy-born children of migrants who must wait until they are 18 to apply for Italian citizenship which is sometimes not granted and “Gila Monster,” a short film which spoofs the detective story genre.

“Black International Cinema is open to all filmmakers and contributes to better understanding and increasing cooperation between people from various cultural, ethnic, national and religious backgrounds, in order to reduce prejudice and support a peaceful and respectful living together in our multi-faceted societies,” said Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre’s founder and director Donald Griffith.

EXCLUSIVE: Black Cinema Berlin opens May 2
The American film 'Gila Monster' is a spoof on the detective story.

With offerings from countries including Spain, Germany, Italy, America, and the Congo, the festival is part of a multi-year international media project called “A Complexion Change.” It has become a uniquely cultural and artistic expression in Germany and is appreciated both locally and beyond.

“… Art and culture can build bridges, cross borders and pull away from stereotypical categorized thinking. Therefore, initiatives such as Black International Cinema Berlin are important for the capital of Germany. I extend my congratulations to the organizers of Black International Cinema Berlin, a cultural highlight which is unique Germany-wide,” said Gabriele Gün Tank, commissioner for Integration of the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin.

The event originated from the Black Cultural Festival, which was created by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre in 1986. The three-week event in Berlin, presented the contributions of black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons.

For a complete list of events visit: http://www.black-international-cinema.com/BIC12/bic_12.htm

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