Sunday Selection: Sudan Archives, Gloria Barnes´ Uptown reissue, Revenir Film @ Acud & some other movie recommendations

Lately I saw a few good movies I like to talk about, but let´s start the sunday selection with a new new EP by 23 year old Sudan Archives called Sink out since a few month already via Stones Throw.

As you might know I´m not a big fan of nowadays r&b music, but Sudan Archives music is so eclectic! You´ll find african instruments, deep soul, singer – song writer melodies, electronic moments, just rich and beautiful. This is the second release after the 2017 Debut EP.


Another treasure is Gloria Barnes only release from 1971 called Uptown via Maple Records(reissued by colemine) . Gloria Barnes. It´s an Album of incredible raw northern Soul with an irresistable voice, backed by Lee Moses and the ohio players.


Now to something complete different: Movies

Here are two movies I like to mention, I have seen the last weeks: Gundermann by Andreas Dresen and BlacKKKlansman by Spike Lee.


(in German sorry, though the film is only to be seen in German OV)

Gunderman war ein Musiker, Baggerfahrer, wurde der Bruce Springsteen der Lausitz genannt, war bei der Staatssicherheit wurde aber auch von ihr selbst beobachtet, er war nicht sehr sympathisch, ein Macho und ziemlich selbstverliebt aber er war vor allem eines: authentisch und die Musik und seine Lieder mit der einzigartigen schrägen Poesie berühren bis heute. Der Film von Andreas Dresen setzt ihm ein würdiges Andenken ohne ihn zu idealisieren.

Hier 3 Songs vom letzten Konzert “Krams” kurz vor seinem Tod – er wurde nur 43 Jahre alt.

“hier führt mich meine Reise – nicht weit, aber tief ”
(hier bin ich geboren,krams)


For the amazing Spike Lee Film, just go see it without reading a lot about it before, though the story is true but almost unbelievable.






By the way, we are organizing a film night with a Q & A with the directors
David Fedele and Kumut Imesh

the 17th Sept 21 pm at ACUD for the film REVENIR

Drop by – Free entry !

(Engl/french below)

Film und Gespräch

Der heute in Frankreich lebende Kumut Imesh möchte noch einmal seine Fluchtroute nachverfolgen, die vom Bürgerkrieg an der Elfenbeinküste über den Niger und Marokko bis ans Mittelmeer reichte – dieses Mal allerdings mit der Kamera in der Hand.

Borderline Europe e.V, trixiewiz e.V. und OASE Berlin e.V. laden in Zusammenarbeit mit der FilmInitiative Köln e.V. zur Vorführung des Films “To Return” und anschließender Diskussion mit den Regisseur David Fedele und Co- Regisseur Kumut Imesh ein.

Der Film wurde von FilmInitiative Köln e.V. für den Fokus „Innerafrikanische Migration“ des 16. Kölner Afrika Film Festival (13. – 23.9.2018) ausgewählt und Deutsch untertitelt – gefördert im Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

Die Einladung der Regisseur*innen wurde im Rahmen eine Kooperation mit den Vereine trixiewiz e.V., Borderline Europe e.V. und OASE Berlin e.V. ermöglicht.

Im Anschluss an den Film laden wir zur Diskussion mit den Filmemachern und Andrea Stäritz von Borderline Europe e.V. über die aktuelle Situation an der EU Außengrenze in Nordafrika ein.

Die Diskussion moderieren Teresita Cannella (trixiewiz e.V) und Jochen Schwarz (Flüchtlingsrat Berlin / OASE Berlin e.V).


David Fedele – director / producer / editor / sound design

David Fedele is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, born in Australia and now spending most of his time between the European and African continents. He is particularly interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues, and his films have covered such diverse topics as sub-Saharan African migration in Morocco, electronic waste in Ghana, and illegal logging in Papua New Guinea. His films have been broadcast and screened widely around the world, winning numerous prizes.

David’s previous film THE LAND BETWEEN (2014, 78mins) was awarded “Best Feature-length Documentary” at the FIFE International Environmental Film Festival in Paris, and has since been broadcast and screened hundreds of times around the world, winning many awards including Naples Human Rights Film Festival (Best Film), Festival of Migrant Film (Best Film) and Lampedusa Infestival (Best Film). It was also screened at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2014, David was selected to participate at Berlinale Talents as part of Berlin International Film Festival. He was also a jury member at the Cinema Planeta International Environmental Film Festival 2014 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and president of the jury at the SREM International Environmental Film Festival 2015 in Srem, Serbia.

Kumut Imesh – co-director / camera / protagonist

Originally from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Kumut was forced to flee civil war in his country in 2004. Seeking a peaceful and safe place to live, he began the long journey across the African continent before finally arriving in Morocco, where he spent 7 years. While in Morocco he worked closely with NGOs and associations working closely with other migrants, providing support and assistance.

In 2013 he met the film director David Fedele in Morocco, and he worked as the translator for the film The Land Between. During this time, Kumut developed a very keen interest in documentary filmmaking, especially the potential to tell stories from an African perspective, and the original idea to make a film retracing his journey across Africa was born.
In 2014 Kumut arrived in Europe, and was granted asylum. He currently lives as a refugee with his wife and small child in France, working as a webmaster. He is also the founder and president of ACSORE (Actions of Solidarity for Refugees), an association in France that works for the social and educational integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
REVENIR is Kumut’s first film.




For years, the stories of West African migrants and refugees have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Now there is a story from the inside. Part road-trip, part memoir, part journalistic investigation, REVENIR follows Kumut Imesh, a refugee from the Ivory Coast now living in France, as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the same journey that he himself took when forced to flee civil war in his country … But this time with a camera in his hand. Traveling alone, Kumut will be documenting his own journey; both as the main protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, revealing the human struggle for freedom and dignity on one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world. A controversial film experiment, a courageous journey and a unique collaboration between filmmaker and refugee; which is not without consequences.




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