In April, we first brought attention to this
new Berlin-set web series called “Polyglot” (here), created by Rwandan-German visual
artist and self-taught filmmaker, Amelia Umuhire, with the goal being to “explore the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin.”
The series’s first episode, which premiered in April, introduced viewers to the character Babiche Papaya, a rapper and poet who is played by Ms.
Umuhire’s real life sister, Amanda Mukasonga.
Previously announced future episodes will focus on a
rotating cast of people the filmmaker calls “young polyglots navigating daily life in the
The sisters, though born in Rwanda, grew up in a small town in West Germany, and consider themselves the “quintessential polyglots – fluent in German, English, French, and their native language of Kinyarwanda,” who want to “challenge preconceived notions of Afro-European lives with the series.”
As Ms. Umuhire adds: “There is this one image of Germany, like you have white people speaking German, if you look at the TV landscape for example. Black people only appear as nurses, or cooks…You don’t get to know people, this big part of Germany and Berlin, because they are kind of marginalized in media.”
The just released third episode of “Polyglot,” tilted “My Own,” follows Roger “after he gets a disappointing phone call and revisits recent memories with Amanda, his Sis from Berlin. Through art they fnd a way of expressing themselves and create a refuge from the outside world.”
Amanda Mukasonga, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Danny Watson and Afrikan Boy all star in this episode, which is embedded below.
You can follow the series and find out more on its Facebook page here.
Here is episode
3 of “Polyglot.” First you’ll find episodes 1 and 2, and then 3.