Brown Babies, Dir. Michaela Kirst (30m /60m) – German
SUNDAY, JUNE 16-FATHER’S DAY!
San Francisco Black Film Festival Father’s Day Celebration at the California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco 94107, in the Potrero Hill Neighborhood. Special Thanks to Supervisor Malia Cohen for her assistance with securing the site.
2:00 p.m. Brown Babies: Germany’s Lost Children
2:30 p.m. “#10 DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream”
4:00 p.m. Q & A
Brown Babies” Genealogist Henriette Cain and Veteran Actress Peggy Blow will be in attendance and will share experiences of growing up biracial in America of African and German descent with limited knowledge of their German heritage.
Screening is Free– Limited Seating–First come-first served. Treat your Dad to a Great Day! The winner of “My Dad is My Hero Contest will be announced. Thanks to InterContinental San Francisco for the top prize of a weekend stay for two at the hotel where President Barack Obama recently stayed. This is the second consecutive year the InterContinental has supported the San Francisco Black Film Festival. We thank you!
Aired on German Public TV,
“Brown Babies” gets the TV Award of RIAS Berlin Commission in April 2012.
Baker High School, (Columbus, Georgia ) Alumna, genealogist Henriette Cain and veteran actress Peggy Blow, more than four decades after graduating from high school in the shadow of military installation, Fort Benning, Georgia travel to Germany to reclaim their German heritage. Henriette and Peggy will attend the Father’s Day screening of “Brown Babies.”
In 1946, the first of the babies fathered by members of the occupying forces are born in war ravaged Germany. Around 5000 of these children have an African-American father and a German mother. Many of these ‘Brown Babies’ grow up in Germany. What nobody realizes, however, is that many more babies were given up for adoption and subsequently went to live with new, Black parents in the USA. Both the American and German governments saw this as a convenient solution to an awkward problem, since the very existence of the ‘Brown Babies’ represented a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic.
The adopted ‘Brown Babies’ grow up thousands of miles away from their real mothers and the country of their birth. Many of them don’t discover for decades that they have a German mother. Others however, can remember all too clearly the derogatory looks they were subjected to in Germany. Even in the USA, these ‘Brown Babies’ weren’t really accepted anywhere – too dark for the whites and too light for the African-Americans.
‘Brown Babies – Germany’s lost children’ throws light on this dark chapter of German-American post-war history for the first time.
SFBFF Publicist, Jackie Wright presents Award to Rev. Everread
Cohen (Supervisor Malia Cohen’s Father) who accepted the award on behalf of Lionel Amstrong (Cohen’s cousin), whose daughter Tiffany Armstrong Gorman wrote the winning “My Dad is My Hero” 2012 essay. Armstrong received a Weekend Stay for himself and wife Kelly Armstrong at the InterContinental San Francisco.
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