Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7 pm

It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

Documentary screening and conversation with the director Eric Friedler

As part of the series “Exile in Film,” in cooperation with Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

In 1939, Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note in New York. As German Jews, they had been forced to flee the Nazis. In the United States, they supported many African-American artists, who suffered discrimination and exclusion, making them famous around the world, including artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and John Coltrane.

In this very special documentary, prizewinning director Eric Friedler and producer Wim Wenders bring Lion and Wolff back to life with interviews and animated sequences. The film tells the moving stories of two friends in exile, who shared a passion for jazz and the belief in human and artistic freedom.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Eric Friedler led by Ricardo Brunn, Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek.

Free admission, no registration required

Location: Werkstatt Exilmuseum
Fasanenstr. 24, 10719 Berlin
The building is unfortunately not barrier-free.

The guest:
The documentary film director Eric Friedler was born in Sydney, Australia in 1971 and now lives in Hamburg. He has received numerous national and international awards for his films, including the Grimme Prize, the German Television Prize and the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize.

Image: Studio Hamburg / NDR