‘white charity’
Blackness & whiteness on charity ad posters

Billboards of charitable organisations such as ‘Brot für die Welt’, ‘Welthungerhilfe’, ‘Kindernothilfe’ or ‘Care’ are omnipresent in streets, on squares, in train and metro stations in Germany.

They have a large impact on how Black and white identities in Germany are constructed. The documentary analyses the charity aid posters from a postcolonial perspective.

‘white charity’ presents different perspectives: based on the charity ad posters, representatives of charities and scientists discuss about development cooperation, colonial fantasies, racism and power structures.

‘white charity’ is an exemplary analysis of racism in images which has relevance far beyond the horizon of development. It supports a sharper analysis of images in commercials, print and TV.

A film by Carolin Philipp and Timo Kiesel


· PD Dr. Aram Ziai, political scientist, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, Bonn

· Danuta Sacher, former head of the department of politics and campaigns, Brot für die Welt

· Dr. Grada Kilomba, psychoanalysist and author, Humboldt Universität, Berlin

· Prof. em. Dr. Klaus-Peter Köpping, anthropologist, Universität Heidelberg

· Peggy Piesche, literary scholar and cultural scientist, Hamilton College New York

· Philipp Khabo Köpsell, poet and spoken word artist, Berlin

· Sascha Decker, press spokesman, Kindernothilfe

Animations: Jana Döll

Technical details:
duration: 48 minutes
picture: 16:9