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Film presentation and talk

Tuesday, 14. May 2024 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Save in my calendar

Film presentation and talk

Premiere: The Empty Grave

Kick-off event for the dialogue forum "Dino in the room"

In their documentary, the Tanzanian-German directing duo tells of the traces and trauma that the former German colonial rule has left behind in Tanzanian families and communities to this day - and about the strength of the bereaved, who are persistently struggeling to come to terms with the past. "The Empty Grave" looks at the global debate on the return of "ancestral remains" from a personal perspective.


  • Cece Mlay, director
  • Agnes Lisa Wegner, director
  • John Mbano, main protagonist
  • Felix Kaaya, main protagonist

Moderation: Charlotte Wiedemann, author and journalist

Location: Delphi-Filmpalast at Zoo Kino, Kantstraße 12A, 10623 Berlin

Following its successful world premiere at the Berlinale, the film is now being released in German cinemas. We are delighted to invite you to the start of the tour, which also opens a forum organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on May 15th 2024 on the subject: "Dino in the room. Civil society dialogue on German colonial history in Tanzania."

Unfortunately there are no free tickets available anymore. You can buy tickets via the Ticketshop.

More information about the film and the cinema tour can be found here:

"Das leere Grab / The Empty Grave" (Germany Tanzania 2024)
97 minutes
Documentary film
Director: Cece Mlay, Agnes Lisa Wegner
Screenplay: Cece Mlay, Agnes Lisa Wegner
Swahili, German, English with English subtitles

Maria Kind


Keyvisual Dino in the Room

May 15, 2024 / 9.30am until 6.00pm  / Forum: DINO IN THE ROOM
Civil society dialogue on German colonial history in Tanzania
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 12357 Berlin

➽ See event description
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
In the original with English subtitles