For years, (mostly white) Hollywood has been making movies about Africa, as often as they can lay hands on a passable script. It's about time we started telling our own stories, and some of theirs too.
Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV is has successfully commissioned a script about the fate of Afro-Germans under Nazis. The script was inspired by a paper written by America-born historian, Eve Rosenhaft, a Professor of German Historical Studies at the University of Liverpool.
The upcoming movie, titled Ava and Duante focuses on the period before the Nazi party gained power and their propaganda spread to all of Germany, a time when the German state was fairly progressive and was racially tolerant. As Hitler took power in 1934, a new ‘order’ was established and mixed race children living in the Rhineland were tracked down by the Gestapo and sterilised on “secret order.” Some were later the subject of medical experiments, while others vanished.
The film will be set in an undisclosed location in Europe and will focus on the plight of Afro-Germans who suffered persecution under Hitler.
Ava and Duante is scheduled for theatrical release in late 2018, and it'll be interesting to watch the progress and the response to this milestone movie, that sincerely makes me excited for the future of our movie industry.