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XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin
A Complexion Change / Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy
An International Media Project (UNESCO)

Pathways to Enlightenment

"Only when lions have historians will hunters cease being heroes." African Proverb

Ignorance is Bliss?

I was perplexed by the results of my constant interest in books, newspapers, news programs on T.V. and radio, while although informative, almost always or at least quite often, seem to arrive at disappointing or unhappy conclusions.
After years of experiencing these outcomes, I wondered why I continued to look down seemingly blind or dead end alleys?
Was I a masochist or did I believe, if I just kept looking, matters would improve? I felt momentarily despondent, which is unusual for me and then I thought for a moment, perhaps Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was not the only escape or happiness route, but also perhaps a lack of knowledge or awareness might be the real pathway to blissful emotions?
Then, I thought of my parents, especially my father and of all the persons who for many years have supported me and seemingly placed their hopes and good will upon my sagging shoulders.
"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won't if I don't..." Oscar Brown Jr.
Ah yes, those words encompass an idea and direction, which is omnipresent in my life.
"Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it!" The words of wisdom from Brother Mario.
"Donald, you can rest when you're dead, this is no time for whining and crying and slipping down the pole! Get busy, stay busy until you reach the top or at least, higher than you are now!"
I have forgotten the author, but the words and intention still ring in my head!
So, I have to face the facts, not only in my head, but also to confront them within my emotions, and realize the struggle for dignity, justice and rewarding lives is an ongoing effort and knowledge contributes mightily in various ways to achieve these aspirations.
Sometimes, in a minute fashion or sometimes, in momentary leaps and bounds!
One never knows, do one?
But I understand and accept, ignorance is not an answer, perhaps not even a fleeting escape or excuse!
Therefore, we greet you here today as we have for many years, combining your and our dreams, aspirations, determination, knowledge, discipline and perhaps with a little luck, an ability to achieve our past, present and future goals, which we entitle,
Peace on earth, good will to all humankind.

Thank You!

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith



"I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure wonīt if I donīt..."
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XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin

A Complexion Change
Transnational & Intercultural Diplomacy
An International Media Project (UNESCO)

XXIX. 2014
Black International Cinema Berlin

"Pathways to Enlightenment / Wege zur Erkenntnis"
May 7-11

"Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition
July 1 - August 31, 2014

Venue: Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall)
10825 Berlin/Germany

XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin