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Dir. Ines Johnson-Spain
Germany. 2019. 91 mins.
German, French with English subtitles.
Director Ines Johnson-Spain grew up in Germany thinking her dark skin, in contrast to the white of her parents and brother, was of no consequence. Her parents assured her that it was merely coincidental. Becoming Black is then an unraveling as Johnson-Spain discovers her hidden past. This deeply personal film follows her quest for the truth, reflecting on themes of identity and family.
Ines Johnson-Spain is an independent German/Togolese filmmaker based in Berlin. She studied Sciences of Religions at Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and Fine Arts and painting (guest student) at University of Arts Berlin. Since 2002 she started developing documentary film projects. Her work focuses on intimate portraits that explore themes of identity and belonging.