Screenings & Film talks: The Snake in my Bed (Omah Diegu, 1992)

 Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie)

The Snake in my Bed: Poetry of Rebellion

The living archive: Only in recent years has the group of independent African, Caribbean and African-American filmmakers from the 1970s and ‘80s at UCLA, who countered American mainstream with a New Black Cinema, been in the spotlight of film history. The artist and filmmaker Omah Diegu from Nigeria made the autobiographical short film African Woman U.S.A. in 1980, which addresses the subject of immigration to the USA. She followed this up with her essay film from 1995, in which she tells her son Ozim the story of his origins. This begins in Nigeria with the director’s marriage to
a German engineer. But it soon becomes clear: He is already married and refuses to acknowledge the child. So she travels to Germany to register her son there. A film like a revolutionary song that declares war on racism and misogyny by means of poetry. With Omah Diegu, an icon of the L.A. Rebellion, will be in Berlin.

The Snake in my Bed | Omah Diegu | 86 min |1995 | OV with German subtitles

Guest: Omah Diegu
Moderation: Bettina Ellerkamp & Merle Kröger

Film screening (German original version) with discussion in English language

Friday, November 24
TV Studio Betonhalle 
Registration here