International Women* Space is pleased to share with you Angela Davis’ speech at Oranienplatz during the arts and culture festival “O-Platz wird 10 – Baustelle Migration” commemorating 10 years of refugee and migrant occupations of O-Platz and the Gerhart-Hauptmann Schule in Berlin Kreuzberg.


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Angela Davis is a political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar, author and above all a revolutionary! When we thought about how we would like to mark the 10 years anniversary of the occupation of O-Platz and the start of our movement, we had the courage to dream of having Angela speak to us, many of us at O-Platz. And because dreaming is free, we went ahead and asked her, and, to our joy, she accepted our invitation.

The speech documented in this video is a lesson on the vestiges of colonialism and enslavement, and a reminder of women*’s power and leadership in struggles around the world. It is a speech about hope and our role as activists in transmitting hope, and it is also a speech about about freedom.

As Angela Davis says, remembering the song “Freedom is a constant struggle”, which is a freedom song that was repeatedly sung in the southern United States during the twentieth century freedom movement.

Directed / Subtitles: Denise Garcia Bergt
Produced: Lica Stein
Cameras: Thomas Macholz / Hoda Taheri
Drone: Marco Heinig
Audio: Tsvetelina Valkova
Edit / Post production: Johnny Welch
Music: Carmel Zoum