Documentary | Saturday
Saturday brings a free showing of the award-winning 2011 documentary, “Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story,” at the Shepherdstown Opera House.
Doris McMillon, a former television newswoman who helped bring the documentary to life, will attend the screening and talk about her own experience. Born to a German mother and an African-American soldier stationed in Germany after World War II, McMillon was raised in the Midwest by a black couple.
“Brown Babies” was named Best Film at the 2011 African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival in New York and was a finalist for best documentary at the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard Black Film Festival.
During her years at WJLA-TV in Washington, McMillon published “Mixed Blessings,” about her challenges growing up, the fantasies she held about her biological mother and then her reunion in 1981 with Josefine Reiser, who told her she’d given her up because “it wasn’t in the best interests of a white German woman to have a brown baby.”
Later, McMillon formed McMillon Communications, now based in Fort Washington, Md. She’s also worked for BET and as a guest host on CNN.
Following the film, McMillon and other “brown babies” will take part in a panel discussion. Leaders of the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are hosting the event.
Want to go? What: The award-winning documentary “Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story” to be followed by a panel discussion When: 2 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) Where: Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown How much: Free To know more: Call Doris Griffin at 304-263-1625.