ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM

KEEP IT CURLY! AFRO HAIR IN OUR SOCIETY – SCREENING AND READING

FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG

19.09. SATURDAY

14:00

GUEST: ESTHER DONKOR

Screening & Reading

SStubborn, wild, exotic – the stereotypes associated with afro hair are manifold. Finding the right hair salon is tricky as working with curly hair is still not part of standard stylist training. That’s why a large number of people with afro hair use wigs or chemical straightening products – often also to conform to the prevailing ideal of straight hair. Together with her sister Diana Donkor, author and FilmInitiativ colleague Esther Donkor published the practical guide KEEP IT KRAUS – DAS BASISBUCH FÜR KRAUSELOCKEN (KEEP IT CURLY – A BASIC GUIDE FOR AFRO-TEXTURED CURLS) in 2020, sharing their personal experiences regarding afro hair and explaining the
basics of hair care for people with afro curls. Esther Donkor will read selected excerpts from the book and there will be a screening of three short films on the topic of ‘Afro hair’.

In cooperation with KrauseLocke und ŌMAKA Naturkosmetik

POST-COLONIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD TOUR

Meeting Point: Main Entrance Bürgerhaus Stollwerck

20.09. SUNDAY

11:00

((POST)COLONIAL TRACES IN COLOGNE’S SÜDSTADT: A Critical Neighbourhood Tour

With Azziza B. Malanda und Merle Bode in attendance

registration: mail@filminitiativ.de , + 49 221 – 46 96 243

Online-Tickets: 9 Euro / 7 Euro (reduced)
Reservation: 8 Euro / 6 Euro (reduced)

Afrika Film Events is once again hosting a critical colonialismfocused guided tour. This year’s destination is the city’s southern ‘Südstadt’ quarter. Organisers Azziza B. Malanda and Merle Bode describe their concept as follows: ‘In our guided tour of Cologne’s Südstadt, we show that German colonialism happened on our doorstep and has had a lasting legacy on the neighbourhood. We introduce key players from colonised societies, recount stories of anti-colonial resistance and of white citizens perpetuating the concept of colonialism. Colonial thinking influenced all aspects of communal life, such as everyday routines, culture, science or the economy. We apply a feminist perspective to gender relationships prevalent at the time and critically reflect on continuing racism from the 19th century to the present day. And we ask how colonialism actually affects us.’ Register in advance to take part.

Esther Donkor

Keep it kraus!

Merle Bode

Azziza B. Malanda