Our monthly film screening welcomes the new year with Müller Ecke Afrika, in which documentary filmmaker Martin Helmbrecht focuses his lens on his home Kiez, the African Quarter in Wedding. It’s called that because of the street names (some of which, controversially, still bear the names of colonialists such as Carl Peters), but has in fact housed a significant African population since the late 1990s.
Each roughly 15-minute segment of the four-part docu focuses on a resident of the neighbourhood: from Rob, the German owner of a Western-themed store, to Mboro, board member of the non-profit initiative Berlin Postkolonial. They’re allowed to simply tell their stories and describe their lives, personal histories and impressions of the area with no interruptions by narration or other voiceovers. This refreshingly un-intrusive approach avoids visual monotony by breaking up the talking-head segments with footage of the neighbourhood, old photos and more.
It’s an intriguing little slice of local history, unlocking the stories hidden within a seldom-discussed part of town. Drinks on us after the screening, as always!
EXBlicks: Müller Ecke Afrika, Jan 18, 20:30 | Lichtblick Kino, Kastenienallee 77, Prenzlauer Berg, U-Bhf Senefelderplatz