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The Mayor's Race
Germany/UK, 2018, 80 min., Color, English
US PREMIERE- A mixed-race child, Marvin grew up with his single mother in Bristol's ghettos in the UK with prostitution, violence and poverty on a daily occurrence. Ever since, Marvin had the desire to go against the injustices he experienced and decides to run for mayor. Despite his charisma and intellect, his biggest battle is believing anyone will take this black guy from the ghetto serious. In a tight race, he must accept his loss in front of rolling cameras. Though feeling personally ashamed, losing for him has a greater significance as the city has a history of treating its black immigrants like no other. Bristol was part of the slave trade, was struck by a civil rights movement in the 1960's inspired by Martin Luther King and had the black youth revolting in the 1980's, which caused a nationwide riot. Today it is the increasing fear of Muslims that shatters the city. Despite his doubts, Marvin decides to run again. More professional, stronger and with the vital support of the Muslim-Somali community. Will he manage to break the circle of history and become the first mayor of African decent of a city in Europe?
Loraine Blumenthal
Loraine Blumenthal, Rob Mitchell

Director Bio
Loraine Blumenthal is a documentary filmmaker and producer from Berlin, Germany. In 2010 she graduated in theatre and film studies, sociology and French literature. In 2012 she received her Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice at the University of Bristol. Loraine has worked for TV Channels such as ARTE and in the editorial offices of the 360° GEO Reportage. Mapi Liberia (2009, 45min) was her first, mid-length documentary film, which was shown at national and international festivals such as the Cape Winelands Film Festival in South Africa and the Int. Black Cinema Festival in Canada. She has been working as a producer at Kloos & Co Medien, one of Germany's most active documentary companies on the international film market. Amongst others, she was involved in the production of the theatrical documentary film TRANSIT HAVANA. With he r first feature length documentary film THE MAYOR'S RACE she took part in the renowned MEDIA supported workshop Archidoc and presented her work in progress at festivals such as the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Krakow Film
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