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The Sun Rises in the East + Freestyle

FSK 12

The Sun Rises in the East 
Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa, USA 2021, 58 min. English with German subtitles, digital

Jacquie Jones, USA, 1995, 21 min. English, digitally remastered VHS tape

The Sun Rises in The East chronicles the journey of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Brooklyn. Led by educator Jitu Weusi, The East built its own school, food co-op, news magazine, etc. It hosted world-famous jazz musicians at its venue and was an epicenter for political contemporaries such as the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords. As such, The East built an independent Black nation in the heart of Central Brooklyn. Freestyle is a documentary short by Jacquie Jones (1965-2018) which showcases another side of the black cultural movement in New York City. Focused on female rappers in 1995 - the heyday of the male-dominated rap genre - Freestyle presents how they confronted various issues in the genre and industry such as the lyrics.

Eligible for reduced entrance (4€) are: Children of a max. age of 12