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We are an international, intercultural community of personsengaged in achieving increasing understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups in support ofdemocratic procedures and the elimination ofviolence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution,youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred through the process of art, education, culture and dialogue.

Wir sind eine internationale, interkulturelle Gemeinschaft von Personen mit dem Engagement für ein besseres Verständnis undwachsende Kooperation zwischen Individuen und Gruppen,mit Unterstützung des demokratischen Prozesses und der Beseitigung von Gewalt,Verfolgung aufgrund religiöser, ethnischer und geschlechtlicher Zugehörigkeit, Kindes- und Jugendmissbrauch, Homosexuellen-Feindlichkeitund Rassenhass, durch die Mittel der Kunst, der Bildung, der Kultur und des Dialogs.


Introduction: XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

Production & Direction

in association with


XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010

A COMPLEXION CHANGE – International & Intercultural Diplomacy
The Magical Oasis Cinema Experience

in cooperation with
Commissioner for Integration, District Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin

May 4-8, 2010

Kinosaal (cinema) & Bibliothek (library)
10825 Berlin, Germany
Admission is without charge

"Opportunity, please knock...
….We Have A Dream and Still We Rise.…"


XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2010, May 4-8
Opening Ceremony, May 4, 6 p m
Rathaus Schöneberg (Bibliothek)
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, Berlin/Germany

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the 25th anniversary of the BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA 2010 in Berlin!
I am delighted that you are all here; I’m thrilled to be here myself.
Several decades ago, Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith, the co-founder of FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE became acquainted with members of minority groups living in Berlin. Quite a number of these people were highly talented individuals from various countries and cultures, who had enjoyed successful careers in film, theatre, dance, music, and other artistic endeavors. Yet, they were not part of the Berlin, nor the European cultural scene. Professor Griffith, a graduate of the Chicago campus of the Loyola University with degrees in psychology and pedagogy, discussed this shortcoming with the late, legendary Jazz singer and songwriter, Oscar Brown Jr.  Oscar Brown’s belief was that “persons should take responsibility for the changes they desire in society”. He then challenged Donald Griffith with the thought-provoking question “What is the plan?” Shortly thereafter, Professor Griffith took action by implementing a plan to produce and direct the first BLACK CULTURAL FESTIVAL in Berlin and Europe under the auspices of FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE, which he co-founded with Ricky Powell, Lynnda Curry, Detlef Bäcker, and the internationally renown Ballerina Gayle Mc Kinney.

It is also my privilege to mention that FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Professor Griffith’s “Labor of Love” came to fruition in 1986, when the
“BLACK CULTURAL FESTIVAL”, a 3 week event produced and directed by him,
took place in Berlin, a first for the entire European continent. The contributions of black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, and other art and academic forms were presented in screenings, workshops, and seminars.
The program was an homage to the legendary Tap Dancer Carnell Lyons. Since then, the BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA BERLIN has become an annual event in the German capital. It has also been featured in various European and US-American cities numerous times.

Professor Donald Griffith’s method of utilizing art, culture, youth and adult education and dialogue, as a tool to enhance democratic principles, to eliminate violence, religious, ethnic, and gender-based discrimination and hatred, has become a great asset to our community; local as well as international.

Prof. Griffith is a true pathfinder, who spearheads the way to new frontiers. He embodies all of the qualities of the Fountainhead credo: especially the idea to promote understanding and cooperation between individuals and groups.
This is particularly relevant in a multi-cultural city such as Berlin.
His interdisciplinary, intercultural philosophy is a hallmark for others to imitate and follow who care about the well being of our society.
Through art, education, culture including music, dance and cinema, his efforts to place focus on the elimination of violence, religious, ethnic and gender persecution, youth exploitation, homophobia and racial hatred are extraordinarily relevant to our time.
In the support of democratic procedures and the promotion of good virtues Donald stands in the long line of forefathers and insightful religious and political leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John-F.-Kennedy and even Barack Obama, who says “We are the change that we seek.”
Donald inspires us to dream, to think, to pursue constructively and to assume responsibility for the changes we desire in society.
We personally and Berlin collectively all benefit from Donald’s organizing abilities such as this and other festivals over the past years, confirm.
Through his creativity and leadership in the utilization of seminars, documentation and dissemination, and the other vehicles already mentioned, art, theatre, dance, cinema and music performances, we are wonderfully enriched and very grateful.

Christine Merkel, the Executive Director of the German Cultural Commission for UNESCO wrote (and I quote) “the German Commission for UNESCO appreciates this initiative. We kindly ask you to assist Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith and the FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE, BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA BERLIN, the COLLEGIUM-FORUM &TELEVISION PROGRAM BERLIN and CULTURAL ZEPHYR e.V., as well as all other co-organizers and project participants in realizing this project. We are convinced that this idea can offer inspiring experience to many people in the region”.
(end of quote).

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention that the internationally renown Ballerina I mentioned earlier, became Professor Griffith’s partner and wife many years ago. I would like to thank Professor Gayle Mc Kinney Griffith for her determination and hard work, in jointly assuming the responsibility with her husband to fulfil the dream of change through art and culture, and to prevent these undertakings in dance, theatre, television, workshops, music, film/video festivals, seminars and publications, to become mere “footprints in the sand”.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a few of Professor Griffith’s mottoes:

Oscar Brown Jr. said, “I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won’t if I don’t…”
C.P. Snow said, “Mankind will either find a way or make one.”
Joseph Louis Turner said, “Whatever you do,…be cool!”
Sammy Davis Jr. said, “Yes, I can!”
Barack Obama said, “Yes, We can!”

And I, Barbara Saltmann, say, “Professor Griffith, keep on keeping on!”

Thank you!
Barbara Saltmann



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About fountainhead

Griffith Prof. Donald Muldrow
(Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre/Black International Cinema Berlin/The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V.)

Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre is a production, performance and distribution unit, which was initiated and developed by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, both experienced artists from the U.S.A.
Fountainhead® engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious backgrounds, and sexual identities, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural areas, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and to the world community.
Since its founding in 1980, Berlin/Germany, Fountainhead® has presented a variety of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary productions in the areas of dance, theatre, film festivals, television programming, film distribution, publications, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and musical presentations.
One of the productions is the annually presented Black International Cinema Berlin, which was founded by Fountainhead® in 1986 in Berlin/Germany and since then, has been produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre on a regular basis in Berlin/Germany, other European and US-American cities.
The festival screens cinema from the African Diaspora and other films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre in 1986 for the first time in Europe, a 3-week event in Berlin, which presented the contributions of Black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to the legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons.
The venues were the Theatermanufaktur am Halleschen Ufer from March 3-16, music – dance – theatre; Hochschule der Künste Berlin on March 11, symposium; Kino Arsenal from March 17-23, film.
Organization and Artistic Direction: Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith (USA/Berlin), Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith (USA/Berlin), Donald Muldrow McKinney Griffith II (USA/Berlin), Dr. Ntongela Masilela (South Africa);
in cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Abdul Alkalimat (USA), Uazuvara Ewald Katjivena (Namibia), Getinet Belay (Ethiopia), Joliba Africa Center; Organization: Erika Gregor (Arsenal Cinema, Germany); Organization Assistance: Annette Koschmieder (Germany)

Additionally, Fountainhead® produces and directs since the founding in 1995, the weekly intercultural television magazine program THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, broadcast Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Alex - Open Channel Berlin, and furthermore televised in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and additional cities.
In 1990 Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre established Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a not for profit organization, which administers the cultural and artistic undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre.

"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don´t..."
Oscar Brown Jr.
"Mankind will either find a way or make one."
C.P. Snow
”Whatever you do..., be cool!"
Joseph Louis Turner
”Yes, I can...!”
Sammy Davis Jr.
”Yes, We can...!”
Barack Obama



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