by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
The lessons of history arrive in the form of personal experiences, books, media presentations, paintings, architecture and so forth…
How these materials are interpreted and perhaps, through the ages, re-interpreted assuming the information is included, varies according to the group or the individual perspective, interests, socio-economic influences and opportunities.
As we pass through the formal educational process, we are informed of histories; others and ourselves. It generally requires an enlightened mentor or parent to point out what is overlooked in the presentation of history, so earnestly injected into our academic and formative education.
Many years ago, as this awareness of history´s exceptions were realized, a mentor named Oscar Brown Jr. pointed out the necessity for assuming responsibility and making investments and sacrifices required to enlighten shadows and fill empty historical spaces.
So, the development of information, awareness, heightened sensibility and maturation leads to inevitable and hopefully informed conclusions.
The XXX. 2015 Black International Cinema Berlin, from inception, remains an initiative and institution for the documentation and preservation of individuals/groups existence and contributions to the societies in which they and we reside.
We are participants in the process of embedding in memories and stone, what previously might have been, “Footprints In The Sand?”.
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre
Berlin Germany 2015