Public event

Screening of "Und wir waren Deutsche" with John A. Kantara for Black History Month [in English]

Join us, alongside our student-driven initiatives Cinema Politica and SHIELD, as we mark Black History Month with a special screening of Und wir waren Deutsche (1999).

This short documentary tells the story of friendship between Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi, German-American former managing editor of Ebony magazine, and Ralph Giordano, Jewish journalist. The screening will include a discussion with the film’s  producer John A. Kantara, alongside students from the Hertie School. John will also provide a preview from his latest production Die Macht der Vorurteile. Rassismus bewusst verlernen! (The strength of bias. How to unlearn racism!), which will premiere on  Thursday, 25 February 2021 on 3SAT.


Guest speaker

John A. Kantara - For over twenty years, John has produced more than 70 TV documentaries and Reportages for ZDF, ARTE, 3sat and ARD on topics ranging from race, politics, war & conflicts, to economics and culture, filming extensively in North America, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Since 2011 he has taught as Professor of Journalism at DEKRA Hochschule für Medien (DHM), the University of Applied Science in Berlin. John has been actively involved with Afro-Germans from Berlin and co-founded the Initiative of Black People in Germany (ISD) which introduced Black History Month in Germany in the early ‘90s.

In cooperation with

The Society of Hertie School for Inclusion, Equity, Liberty and Diversity (SHIELD) is a multicultural student organisation and advocacy group. In addition to serving as a center for students of color to gather and find community, SHIELD aims to educate the Hertie community on the importance of designing policy with marginalised groups in mind.

Cinema Politica uses the power of art to engage, inform, and inspire social change. Cinema Politica hosts independent film-screening and subsequent discourse bi-weekly during the academic year. While they create an informal and safe environment for their members, the topics with which the students concern themselves with are global in scope, political in nature, and challenge indifference.

About this event

No prior registration is necessary. A link to the documentary will be provided the evening of the event.