Black Lives in Germany

Film + Talk | November 5, 2020



  • LIVE VIRTUAL DISCUSSION (11/5/20, 5pm)

A discussion with director Sheri Hagen about reframing diversity in German cinema and her film At Second Glance. Moderated by Rosemarie Peña (Rutgers Univ.). Hosted by curator Kevina King (UMass Amherst).


Watch the recording on FILMBOX, our Digital Teaching Archive.


Sheri Hagen was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Hamburg, Germany; she studied drama in Hamburg and Vienna. Since 1996, Hagen has played many roles in German film and television, as well as on stage. She launched her directorial career in 2007, writing all her own scripts and financing films through her production company, Equality Film. At Second Glance was Hagen's first full-length feature film as a director.


Rosemarie Peña holds a PhD in Childhood Studies from Rutgers University-Camden. Her research centers on transnational adoption and child migration. A member of the postwar cohort of German-born Black adoptees to the U.S., Rosemarie is also the founding president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA).


  • FILM


At Second Glance

(Auf den zweiten Blick, 2013, Germany, dir. Sheri Hagen, 92 min., color, English subtitles)


Berlin, a multicultural city that is creative and full of movement can also be lonely and anonymous. Weaving together the stories of Kay and Falk, Benjamin and Elena, and Till and Pan—three visually impaired couples—At Second Glance offers an intimate portrayal of the interdependent and isolating nature of human relationships.

Available On Demand!



... in our Black Lives in Germany: Resilience, Art and Hope film festival, October 2020 - April 2021.





please email curator Kevina King


This event is made possible in part by the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany. Co-sponsors at UMass Amherst include Film Studies; German & Scandinavian Studies; Music & Dance; and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

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