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Hommage à Noir

Hommage à Noir

Hommage à Noir: a journey through the dark continent, an homage to its people and cultures, an intensive confrontation with a "third world", a filmed poem which shows the people of Africa in their full dignity and with their full pride, between traditional rituals and modern everyday life, between palaces and simple huts. This film has no words. They aren't necessary. The power of its images is language enough - underlined with the hypnotic pulse of music from the turn of the 21st century which binds the trance-inducing rhythms of native musicians, recorded on site, with Western electronics. There is also a quest here for the melting point of different cultures, the equal partnership of several worlds, the one, fourth world. This film has a vision: the vision of releasing oneself from inner barriers and confronting the third world as a partner, as a seeker. Not as a tourist and middle-class person who wants to satisfy his desire for comforts for only a little money.


Ralf Schmerberg was born 1965 in Stuttgart. He started working as a photographer and, since 1989, has received numerous awards for his photographic work, including distinctions from the ADC Germany as well as a Kodak Prize, and has numerous exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg, New York and others cities. He made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the poetic documentary Hommage à Noir which was presented with a Certificate of Merit in 1996 in Chicago and two Gold Medals at the New York Film Festival in 1997 and was nominated for the UNESCO Award. His other works include video clips and various high profile advertisements for international companies, and the feature film Poem – I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me (Poem – Ich setzte den Fuss in die Luft, und sie trug, 2002).
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1996
Director Ralf Schmerberg
Screenplay Ralf Schmerberg
Cinematography Franz Lustig
Ralf Schmerberg, Franz Lustig
Ralf Hildenbeutel
Producers Ralf Schmerberg, Sigrid Maier-Schoenung, Joerg Bittl
Production Company Trigger Happy Productions/Berlin, in co-production with Markenfilm/Hamburg
Length 47 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Optical
Festivals Chicago 1996, New York 1996, Message to Man International St. Petersburg 1997, Karlovy Vary 1997

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