THE BLACK MUSEUM \ 52 mins \ United States & Germany

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C vibrantly explores America’s history and culture through the lens of the African American experience. Designed by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, it has been met with overwhelming success during its first year of operation. Through interviews and observation, Director Oliver Hardt, who frequently addresses black history and culture with a strong emphasis on architecture, takes us through the remarkable physical spaces, the palpable engagement of museum visitors, and gives us insight into the challenges faced during the design process. The success of the project serves as a reminder that design and advanced storytelling can challenge the dominant political discourse and enable a diverse conversation.


Blackstar Film Festival; Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International 

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Oliver Hardt

Oliver Hardt is a director and filmmaker based in Frankfurt, Germany. In his documentaries, he frequently addresses black history and black culture with a strong emphasis on architecture, design and contemporary art. His roster of internationally acclaimed films includes Black Deutschland, the first cinematic exploration of black life in Germany; The United States of Hoodoo, a road trip to the spiritual sources of African-American culture; David Adjaye – Collaborations, an intimate portrait of the Ghanaian-British star architect through the eyes of his friends, collaborators, and clients; and most recently The Black Museum, a feature documentary about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., commissioned by the French-German culture channel Arte.
Oliver´s award-winning work has been featured internationally at film festivals focussing on art, architecture, and design. Furthermore, his films have been presented at major art institutions, such as the the Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Garage Museum Moscow, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

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