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Title:

PAGEN IN DER TRAUMFABRIK

Subtitle:Schwarze Komparsen im deutschen Spielfilm
Country:Deutschland 2002
Format:Digi Beta
Colour:b/w
Language:OF dt.
Length:45 Minutes
Film series:13. African Film Festival


Director :von Wangenheim, Annette
Cinematography:Prinz, Ulrich
Editing:Oechler, Angela
  
Cast:Michael, Theodor Wonja
Production company:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)



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In 2013, Theodor Wonja Michael wrote his biography, at the age of 89. In it, he describes how he survived as a black German in the Nazi era. Michael grew up with a foster family in impoverished circumstances and was forced to appear in the “human zoos” prevalent at the time. Later he appeared in the Nazis`colonial propaganda films. In the documentary film PAGES IN THE FACTORY OF DREAMS appear clips of these Nazi propaganda vehicles featuring black extras.

The biography covers this and also recounts problems encountered in the afterwar period, when black characters in German film were still played by white actors in blackface. Michael took on theatre roles and guest-starred in the title role of the play “Adam” in the Burkina Faso theatre festival, long before cooperation began between Cologne`s Theater im Bauturm and the Ouagadougou theatre scene.