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to Apr 15

Nollywood 3.0: Images and Stories from the African Diaspora

As travel and technology continue to shrink the globe, so does the third largest continent in the world. “Africa is a Country” is a popular blog whose title parodies how westerners (including the current U.S. President) have traditionally regarded the continent of Africa. The launch of this film series provides an alternative glimpse into the current creative, vibrant contemporary film scene in Africa, highlighting distinctive films from Nigeria and South Africa in this inaugural launch.


 Feature Films Screening at Nollywood 3.0 

Greed (Ojukokoro)

by Dare Olaitan. 113 mins

Combining the two unlikely genres of comedy and thriller, Greed tells the story of an attempted robbery that goes very wrong from three contradictory points of view. A product of the “New Nollywood”, the film’s director is a young 27 year old Dare Olaitan. An obvious Akira Kurosawa fan, Dare is also an economics and business management major who acknowledges the potential for economic growth in the African film marketplace. This is his first feature film.

Tell Me Sweet Something

by Akin Omotoso. 90 mins

An aspiring novelist with writer’s block, Moratiwa runs a second hand bookstore in the hippest part of Johannesburg. Meeting the man of her dreams takes our heroine on a journey of comic encounters in this charming, funny and romantic film.  Revealing a tangible chemistry between the two lead characters, the film also shows a side of Johannesburg rarely seen. This is Nigerian born Akin Omotoso’s third feature film, situating him as a dominant player in the world of new African cinema.

 Short Films Screening at Nollywood 3.0

The Knot by Davina Lee. 15 mins

A love story with an interesting twist – revealing the role Santeria plays in a destined relationship. While based on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, Davina Lee attributes that much of her work is influenced by folklore that journeyed across from the African continent, carried down from generation to generation.

OBLIVIOUS by Ekene Som Mekwunye. 26 mins

It’s a story we’ve heard many times before -- a married man finds a new lover and asks his wife for a divorce. His wife says she would grant his request under one condition: he must carry her out of bed every day for a month. In the end, we find the husband was completely oblivious of what his wife was going through. Best short film, AMVCA 2015

THE ENCOUNTER by Ekene Som Mekwunye. 20 mins

This short film documents the last encounter between the Biafran warlord Emeka Ojukwu, and Ifeajuna before the latter was executed for treason during the heat of the Biafran war. The both childhood friends find themselves on the side of the cause. The film won Best Score at the AMVCA in 2017, and a Jury Special award at AFRIFF 20.

Q&A to follow at 1:00pm after Tell Me Sweet Something with Sean Jacobs and after the 6:00pm Shorts program with writer, director and producer Adetero Makinde. 

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Words of Change: Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
5:30 PM17:30

Words of Change: Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

On February 6, 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at The New School entitled The Summer of Our Discontent. To honor this, The New School and Project1voice invite you to Words of Change: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the New School. The event will focus on the text and themes from his speech that bear a striking similarity to modern-day events, and utilize the six artistic disciplines - music, theater, dance, film, photography and visual art to memorialize Dr. King and his legacy of hope and inspiration. The event is being held on the anniversary of King's death and will begin at the precise time of Dr. King’s assassination, 6:01pm.

This event is co-sponsored by The Executive's Dean's Office of the Schools of Public Engagement, The Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students, The Social Justice Initiative, Global Studies, and Urban Studies.

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Through Her Eyes: Contemporary Shorts by Women of Color- Relationships
to Mar 16

Through Her Eyes: Contemporary Shorts by Women of Color- Relationships

Honoring and respecting women of color continues to be an underrepresented notion in mainstream media. This series provides a selection of short films, all by women of color, on a range of contemporary topics including idealized notions of beauty and colorism, family and identity, sexuality and relationships.

Creatively Speaking is proud to present the following films

Dreams in Transit - Karen Martinez

Dreams in Transit is a poetic, cine-essay style documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and belonging for contemporary migrants. The narrator, a London-based Trinidadian, returns to the Caribbean to explore the meaning of ‘home’ and where it is that both migrants and non-migrants might be said to ‘belong’. Using a kaleidoscopic collage approach, the film weaves actuality, poetry, narration, fiction, and interviews with a range of people: from fishermen to artists and cultural commentators. Perhaps identity is not so much a fact but a production, which is never complete, always in process.

De Colores - Luz Zamora

Aura Taibel has cleaned the houses of others for over thirty years. Through her service, Aura may be perceived as quiet and unassuming. Yet, in reality, Aura is a driven worker who skillfully navigates New York City while facing the challenges of being an outsider. Through Aura’s eyes, we learn about the challenges of living and working as an immigrant in the U.S., who, like many others, go unnoticed. Aura emerges triumphant as a promising real-estate entrepreneur in her native Colombia.

Auntie - Lisa Harewood

A common occurrence in the Caribbean, a young girl is being raised by her “Auntie,” who steps in as parental surrogate following her mother’s migration to London. This arrangement has its downside, as neither child nor caregiver can know when their makeshift family could be torn apart. So goes the story in “Auntie”. But there is another side to this issue. For some families, the time spent apart can never be recovered. “Auntie” is a story that is at once universal — exploring conflicts of kinship, matriarchy and family ties — and particular, in its representations of a Barbadian experience.

Black Heirlooms - Amanda Brown

When the filmmaker’s 86 year old grandmother (Mee-Mah) was hospitalized after a stroke, her 8 children became irreconcilably divided over her small estate. Through the story of the family, and supporting interviews with researchers, lawyers, authors, and financial planners-- Black Heirlooms examines how we pass things on from one generation to the next and where we are going wrong. Can we ever close the widening wealth gap? And why does it matter? Is the value of family estates more or less important than the access that wealth can provide? This is a film about intergenerational wealth, and a personal and cultural examination of the wealth gap in America.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by Michelle Materre with the Filmmakers, where the audience will get a chance to ask questions and interact with them.

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Through Her Eyes: Contemporary Shorts by Women of Color - Identity
to Mar 15

Through Her Eyes: Contemporary Shorts by Women of Color - Identity

Honoring and respecting women of color continues to be an underrepresented notion in mainstream media. This series provides a selection of short films, all by women of color, on a range of contemporary topics including idealized notions of beauty and colorism, family and identity, sexuality and relationships.

Creatively Speaking is proud to present the following films

For Paradise - Elizabeth Webb

For Paradise is a hybrid documentary that traces the construction of racial identities within a family where members operate on both sides of the “color line.” Allowing the story of her great-grandmother Paradise to guide the viewer through complicated family histories of migration and racial passing, the filmmaker successfully navigates the spaces where power can be found in absence and loss. The filmmaker’s great-grandmother was a black woman known for her exquisite beauty, yet there are no recorded images of her. Her name was Paradise.

Field Notes - Vashti Harrison 

Field Notes is an experimental portrait of the ghosts embedded in the culture of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is structured as a visual and aural field guide to the ghosts spirits and jumbies throughout the island: from personal tales about shape shifters and bloodsuckers, to the ghosts of Trinidad’s past. The film focuses on the places where the natural and supernatural collide.

Charcoal - Francesca Andre

Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption. Despite the vast distances between them, these women both face a barrage of social messages from strangers and loved ones alike. Yet through this painful erosion of their self-worth, these women rediscover their power and undergo a metamorphosis. They fully embrace the beauty, versatility and dignity of their melanin and begin to disrupt the generational cycle of self-hatred within communities of color.

Sixteen - Vashti Harrison

Sixteen is my mother’s coming of age story. It is an exploration in memory and what time can change. The sound and image form a marriage between the past and the present in three layers: the story of a difficult childhood, the photos of a beautiful adulthood and the fragile cracking audio of a voice recounting these fading memories. These juxtapositions work simultaneously to tell the story of a coming of age that happened over the course of many years, but many years too late.

The Knot -Davina Lee

The Knot is a short magical realism film, based on a true story of manufactured love gone wrong.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by Michelle Materre with the Filmmakers, where the audience will get a chance to ask questions and interact with them.

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Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
7:00 PM19:00

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

 In the late 1950s, when Lorraine Hansberry set out to write a play about the struggles of an ordinary black family on Chicago’s South Side, no work by a female African-American playwright had ever been produced on Broadway. Nearly six decades later her acclaimed, groundbreaking play “A Raisin in the Sun” remains a beloved theatrical jewel, but the fascinating story of its author is not widely known. In the new feature-length documentary Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life and work of this passionate writer and civil-rights advocate, who played a significant role in the major cultural and political movements of her time. Narrated by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson and featuring the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Lorraine Hansberry, Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart is filled with insightful on-camera interviews with those who knew her best, and rare archival material, creating a nuanced portrait of an activist and artist whose words and ideas are as relevant today as they were when she first wrote them.


TRACY HEATHER STRAIN (Producer, Director, Writer) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker committed to using film, video and interactive technology to reveal the ways that race, ethnicity, gender and class work to shape lives. Since 1986 Strain has worked on numerous documentaries for PBS as well as videos for museums, schools and nonprofits. She is president and CEO of Boston-based media company The Film Posse, which she runs with her husband Randall MacLowry.

Strain produced the festival favorite documentary Adrift: Lost on the Road of Expectations (2002) and wrote and directed the notable episode “Building the Alaska Highway” (2005) for the long-running PBS series “American Experience.” She also wrote and directed “The Story We Tell,” an installment of “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” a three-part documentary that aired on PBS in 2003.

Strain’s most recently broadcast documentaries for “American Experience” are “The Mine Wars” and “The Battle of Chosin,” serving as coordinating producer on both. The first tells the story of West Virginia coal miners’ uprisings in the early 20th century; the other revisits a pivotal 1950 Korean War battle, the first major military clash of the Cold War.

Previously, Strain directed and produced episodes of two award-winning documentary miniseries: “Unnatural Causes” (2008), winner of the duPont-Columbia Award, and “I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts” (1999), a Peabody Award winner. She was also associate producer of one episode of the 1993 series “The Great Depression,” a nominee for the Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Best Program of the Year. Each of these projects aired on PBS.

Strain worked as an art department coordinator on Mira Nair’s 1991 feature Mississippi Masala, starring Denzel Washington. She began her career as a production secretary at The Chedd-Angier Production Company in Watertown, Massachusetts, which produced science, nature and technology-focused public television episodes.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Strain received her master of education degree (technology, innovation and education) from Harvard. She is now a professor of the practice at Northeastern University in Boston, where she teaches documentary production part-time. When Strain isn’t working she can usually be found on the tennis court or at the gym.

RANDALL MACLOWRY (Producer, Editor) is an Emmy® nominee and two-time WGA Award winner who works primarily in the television arena. A director, writer, producer and editor with over 25 years of experience, he crafts documentary stories that connect society’s large historical and cultural narratives with individual life journeys. Much of MacLowry’s work has been for the PBS series “American Experience,” most recently “The Battle of Chosin” and “The Mine Wars.” He directed and produced both episodes, which aired last year.

MacLowry earned an Emmy nomination in 2012 (Outstanding Science and Technology Programming) for his work on the long-running PBS series “Nova.” He won WGA Awards for co-writing the 2013 “Nova” episode “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time,” which he also directed and produced, and the 2014 “American Experience” PBS episode “Silicon Valley.”

Since 2001 MacLowry has produced eight episodes of “American Experience,” directed six, written or-co-written four, and edited four episodes of this award-winning PBS series. He also edited an installment of “Race: The Power of Illusion,” a three-part documentary that aired on PBS in 2003. Other editing credits include the 2013 short film The Man Who Stole the Moon, 2011 “Frontline” episode “The Silence” and Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street, an hour-long documentary released in 2012. He also co-produced one episode of the 2008 documentary miniseries “Unnatural Causes” and directed the 1998 short film Head Over Heels.

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Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” in Pictures
6:30 PM18:30

Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” in Pictures

A visual interpretation of the themes presented in this award winning novel

Presenting the Following Films:

  1. Black America Again - Bradford Young
    This short film is the actual music video for renowned musician Common’s 11 th studio album by the same name, “Black America Again.” This video is the directorial debut for cinematographer extraordinaire, Bradford Young (Selma, The Arrival), and shares several of the most powerful messages portrayed in Citizen by Claudine Rankine.
  2. Dear Mr. Shakespeare - Shola Amoo
    An exploration of Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello, this short film rapidly, yet comprehensively explores the play's racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting, drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.
  3. Charcoal - Francesca Andre
    Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption. Despite the vast distances between them, these women both face a barrage of social messages from strangers and loved ones alike: That their darker complexion makes them less worthy of love, acceptance or respect. Charcoal exemplifies a valiant attempt to disrupt the generational cycle of self-hatred within communities of color.
  4. Diasporadical - Blitz Ambassador
    This series of three short film reflects the musical and visual narrative unique to Blitz’s personal experience. Based on his fourth studio album, “Diasporadical”, these films exemplify his travel between Accra, Salvador da Bahia and Brooklyn, NY. Blitz explains, “The radical notion that no matter how fragmented the African Diaspora is, the influence of rhythm and spirituality remains largely the same.” Diasporadical offers itself as a study of intersections between the global African experience and ongoing struggle of its people across geographical divides.
  5. Black Panther a.k.a Off the Pig - The archives of Third World Newsreel– 1968
    A compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967. This film contains a prison interview with Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton as well as an interview with Minister of Information. Eldridge Cleaver, footage of the aftermath of the police assault against the Los Angeles Chapter headquarters, demonstrations to free Huey at Hutton Memorial Park and the Alameda County Courthouse and a recitation of the party's Ten-Point Platform by co-founder Bobby Seale. One of Newsreels most widely distributed films, it was originally released as "Off the Pig" This short film features drawings from activist artist Emory Douglas.
  6. Trans Lives Matter: Justice for Islam Nettles - Seyi Adebango
    This short film is a powerful and moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a Transgender Womyn of Color who was beaten to death in front of a New York Police Department precinct in Harlem. Islan used her creative and positive energy along with her anti-violence values in her work as an assistant photographer and fashion instructor at the Harlem Children’s Zone. She was 21 years young at the time of her murder. A few days after her death, Islan's family and friends held a vigil
    steps away from where she was murdered. With video and still images, Seyi Adebanjo documents the vigil and captures the love and support that the Transgender and Gender-Non- Conforming community brought to sustain each other and Islan's family during this emotional time.

Presented by Creatively Speaking

Michelle Materre - curator and producer/host
Terri Prettyman Bowles – co-host for the evening

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5:30 PM17:30


A 2-day conference taking place July 29 - 30, 2017 celebrating the Nerd in you through panels & workshops of Art, Science, Film, Comic Books, & Technology with 5 venues in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn, New York making you truly feel like a Blerd take over.

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Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi: A Film Screening on Black Farmers
9:30 AM09:30

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi: A Film Screening on Black Farmers

Dirt and Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state.  In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. They were often the first to attempt to register to vote and run for public office. Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi reveals the extraordinary story of a Delta community called Mileston in which 100 sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s and in turn, became leaders of the movement in the 1960s. The film also presents new information about the infamous case of the three young activists murdered during Freedom Summer in 1964. Narrated by Danny Glover and winner of a Television Academy Award, Dirt And Deeds In Mississippi tells how an independent farmer and teacher who came to own the land on which his great-grandparents were slaves became the first Black candidate elected to a state-wide office in Mississippi in the 20th century.

There will be a discussion following the screening with Charlayne Haynes, producer; Michelle DePass, co-director, Tishman Environment and Design Center and Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy; Timon McPhearson, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair, Environmental Studies Program; and Mia White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Milano. Moderated by Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film and curator/producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series. Sponsored by the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and the Tishman Environment and Design Center.  

This event is part of Earth Week at The New School, sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center

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to Feb 23

BAMcinématek presents One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991

Dec 19, 2016/Brooklyn, NY—From Friday, February 3 to Thursday, February 23

One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991

On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for this landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen. Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) Dir. Julie Dash. With Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O. Julie Dash’s gorgeous evocation of early-20th century Gullah life chronicles three generations of women in the Peazant family—descendants of slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina—as several prepare to leave home to migrate north. Steeped in the language, culture, and customs of the Gullah people, Daughters of the Dust is a dreamy, at times mystic, celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood. Its sumptuous images (which were a key influence on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade) shimmer anew in this ravishing restoration. DCP. 112min. Fri, Feb 3 at 2, 7pm; Feb 4 & 5 at 4:30, 9:30pm

LOSING GROUND (1982) Dir. Kathleen Collins. A married couple experiences a reawakening on a summer idyll in upstate New York. This revelatory comedic drama is one of the first films to explore sexuality from the perspective of a black female director. DCP. 86min. Fri, Feb 3 at 4:30pm & Feb 4-5 at 2pm

I BE DONE BEEN WAS IS (1983) Dir. Debra Robinson. With Alice Arthur, Jane Galvin Lewis, Rhonda Hansome, Marsha Warfield. Profiles of four black female comedians, offering insight into what it means to be a sharp-witted woman navigating the male-dominated world of stand-up. 16mm. 60min. Sat, Feb 4 at 7:10pm & Thu, Feb 9 at 9:15pm

JULIE DASH SHORTS A survey of Julie Dash’s (Daughters of the Dust) remarkable career from the 1970s to the present: Four Women (1975), a dance film set to the music of Nina Simone; her breakthrough work, Illusions (1982), which explores African-American representation in 1940s Hollywood via the story of a black studio executive passing as white; Praise House (1991), a performance piece made with Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and Standing at the Scratch Line (2016), a look at the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 75min. Sun, Feb 5 at 7pm & Mon, Feb 6 at 9:45pm

CAMILLE BILLOPS PROGRAM The films of Camille Billops are heartrending, fearlessly personal meditations on a range of emotionally charged subjects. This program brings together a cross section of Billops’ documentary work: Suzanne, Suzanne (1982), a harrowing portrait of a woman processing her abusive father and her own drug addiction; Finding Christa (1991), an autobiographical record of the filmmaker’s reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption; and Take Your Bags (1998), Billops’ examination of slavery and cultural theft. 92min. Mon, Feb 6 at 7pm (*Curator’s Choice screening) & Wed, Feb 15 at 9:45pm

PERFORMERS AND ARTISTS This shorts program spotlights several extraordinary black women artists: Valerie, Monica J. Freeman’s 1975 portrait of sculptor Valerie Maynard; Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum, Ayoka Chenzira’s 1979 tribute to dancer-choreographer Syvilla Fort; Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, an experimental performance film by Barbara McCullough, inspired by Afro-diasporic ceremonies; Remembering Thelma, Kathe Sandler’s 1981 portrait of dancer Thelma Hill, a founding member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box, Michelle Parkerson’s 1987 profile of Stormé DeLarverie, a drag king, gay rights activist, and heroine of the Stonewall uprising. 77min. Tue, Feb 7 at 7pm

ZORA IS MY NAME! (1990) Dir. Neema Barnette. With Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., Roger E. Mosley. The great Ruby Dee scripted and stars in this tribute to visionary writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, produced for PBS’ American Playhouse. 90min. Tue, Feb 7 at 9:30pm

TWICE AS NICE + A MINOR ALTERCATION Two explorations of the complex relationships between women. Jackie Shearer’s 1977 docudrama A Minor Altercation captures the tensions between two girls—one black, one white—during the desegregation of Boston’s public schools. Jessie Maple, the first black woman admitted to New York’s camera operators union, explores the bond between twin college basketball players in her 1989 film Twice as Nice, scripted by poet S. Pearl Sharp. 100min. Wed, Feb 8 at 8:45pm

VISIONS OF THE SPIRIT: A PORTRAIT OF ALICE WALKER (1989) Dir. Elena Featherston. This revealing portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker offers essential insight into the experiences that shaped her perspective as an outspoken black feminist. 58min. Wed, Feb 8 at 7pm

PERFECT IMAGE? + A DIFFERENT IMAGE In LA Rebellion filmmaker Alile Sharon Larkin’s A Different Image (1982), an art student sets out to reclaim her body and self-worth from Western patriarchal norms. Maureen Blackwood’s Perfect Image? (1988) casts two actresses, one light skinned, one dark skinned, in a series of sketches exploring black beauty standards. 82min. Thu, Feb 9 at 7pm

GREY AREA + 2 BY FRONZA WOODS These psychologically rich films are fully realized portraits of black female consciousness. Monona Wali’s Grey Area (1981) depicts a news reporter’s political awakening in early-1980s Los Angeles. Killing Time (1979) and Fannie’s Film (1979), both directed by Fronza Woods, offer insights into the black female psyche rarely depicted in film. 65min. Mon, Feb 13 at 7pm

OTHELLO (1980) Dir. Liz White. With Yaphet Kotto, Audrey Dixon, Richard Dixon. Created by an entirely black cast and crew, including Yaphet Kotto in the title role, Liz White’s rarely screened adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy offers incisive commentary on the play’s racial dimensions. 115min. Mon, Feb 13 at 8:45pm

SKY CAPTAIN Two heartrending portraits of black childhood: Neema Barnette’s Sky Captain (1985), a hip-hop-infused South Bronx fantasy that tackles the issue of teen suicide, and Alile Sharon Larkin’s Your Children Come Back to You (1979), the story of a struggling single mother from the point of view of her young daughter. 92min. Wed, Feb 15 at 7pm

THE MAIDS + I AM SOMEBODY This program mines the complicated relationship between black women, capitalism, and the workplace as documented by a 1969 hospital workers’ strike in Charleston in Madeline Anderson’s I Am Somebody (1970) and the history of domestic service in Muriel Jackson’s The Maids (1985). 56min. Thu, Feb 16 at 7pm

CYCLES + ON BECOMING A WOMAN A woman performs Caribbean folk rituals in Zeinabu irene Davis’ Cycles and Cheryl Chisholm addresses reproductive rights in On Becoming A Woman. 107min. Thu, Feb 16 at 9:15pm

A DREAM IS WHAT YOU WAKE UP FROM Three films about black families, neighborhoods, and home life. In A Dream is What You Wake Up From (1978), directors Larry Bullard and Carolyn Johnson mix documentary and drama to illustrate the day-to-day struggles of three black families. In A Sense of Pride: Hamilton Heights (1977), Monica J. Freeman chronicles the transformation of the northern Manhattan neighborhood by upwardly mobile black residents. And Black Faces (1970), a project of the Young Filmmakers Foundation, presents portraits of the community in early 1970s Harlem. 66min. Sat, Feb 18 at 2pm

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (DE CIERTA MANERA) (1974) Dir. Sara Gómez. With Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuéllar, Mario Limonta. Pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez’s radical narrative-documentary hybrid delivers a complex critique of regressive machismo in a post-revolutionary Cuba, in the first feature directed by a Cuban woman. 78min. Sat, Feb 18 at 4:30pm

ANIMATION PROGRAM This program spotlights the contributions of black women to the art of animation: Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (Ayoka Chenzira, 1984), a musical satire on the politically charged subject of African-American hair; Zajota and the Boogie Spirit (Ayoka Chenzira, 1990), a rhythmic celebration of African dance with a score by Mino Cinelu; Picking Tribes (S. Pearl Sharp, 1988), about a young girl navigating her identity as a black Native American; and A Powerful Thang (Zeinabu irene Davis, 1991), an inventive mix of live-action and animation exploring sex, love, and relationships. 94min. Sun, Feb 19 at 4:30pm

NAMIBIA: INDEPENDENCE NOW! (1985) Dirs. Pearl Bowser & Christine Choy. This urgent, eye-opening documentary, shot inside refugee camps in Zambia and Angola, is an essential record of the role that women played in the struggle for South-West African liberation. 55min. Mon, Feb 20 at 7pm

THE CRUZ BROTHERS AND MISS MALLOY (1980) Dir. Kathleen Collins. With Randy Ruiz, Jose Machado, Lionel Pina. This recently restored lost treasure from Kathleen Collins is a magical realist tale of three Puerto Rican brothers and their father’s ghost. 54min. Tue, Feb 21 at 7pm

SUGAR CANE ALLEY (1983) Dir. Euzhan Palcy. With Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck. Set in a small village in the early 1930s, a teenage orphan sets out to make something of himself in acclaimed director Euzhan Palcy’s gorgeous vision of black life in French colonial Martinique. 104min. Thu, Feb 23 at 7pm

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5:00 PM17:00

Q&A with DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST Filmmaker Julie Dash

Join us for a screening at 5:10pm of Daughters of the Dust followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker Julie Dash, moderated by Michelle Materre


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Michelle Materre’s professional background spans decades of experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer and college professor. In 1992, the company she co-founded along with her three partners, KJM3 Entertainment Group, was responsible for the successful U.S. distribution and marketing of DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST. Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, has been a premiere forum for presenting works by and about women and people of color for twenty-one years. In February 2015, Creatively Speaking co-presented the unprecedented film series “Tell It Like it Is: Black Independents in NYC 1968-1986”, with The Film Society of Lincoln Center which was awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics. She recently co-produced the ground-breaking documentary by Crystal Emery, BLACK WOMEN IN MEDICINE, which was called an “inspiring doc” and “essential viewing” by film critic Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times. In addition to holding a position as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, Ms. Materre is also an independent media consultant, advising filmmakers and organizations on fundraising, distribution, marketing, and exhibition strategies. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies; former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television; a recipient of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” from The New School in 2005; a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society’s “Accomplished Women in the Arts” Award; as well as a featured artist in the much-acclaimed annual journal documenting contemporary artists, Artist and Influence.

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12:30 PM12:30

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST back in theatres!

Join us for the re-release of Daughters of the Dust 25 years after its original theatrical premiere at the Film Forum! 

Purchase tickets HERE!

Times:  12:30pm   2:45pm   5:10pm   7:25pm   9:45pm

Tickets: $8.00 Member $14.00 Regular

Box Office: 212-727-8110

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to Oct 30

CELEBRATING HAÏTI: Day of the Dead Revisited

In Haitian culture, "Fête des Morts" is a time of honoring the ancestors with offerings of food and music. Not unlike Halloween, this holiday originates in the indigenous religion of "Voudou". In most Western societies, "Vodou" is not understood and typically seen in a negative light, however, it is actually a celebration of the history, religion and people of Haiti. The films highlighted in this program offer a different perspective in an attempt to transform the imagination of out audience. 

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Friday, October 28


Liberty in a Soup
Dudley Alexis / 2016 / 68min

Every New Year, and in celebration of their Independence, Haitian families gather together to feast in honor of a line of ancestors that fought for their freedom. The centerpiece of the festivity is the joumou soup—a traditional soup dating back centuries ago. The joumou soup is a concretization of war and victory, oppression and emancipation, and the deeply rooted celebratory traditions of the Haitian culture. In “Liberty in a Soup” we follow two Haitian families and a chef living in Gonaïves, Haiti and Miami, FL, to see how they celebrate and prepare the joumou soup for their Independence Day celebration. We embark on a three-day journey with each family as they showcase the ritual of their feast from the market to the kitchen and reveal the importance of keeping the joumou soup tradition alive. Follow us as we explore the historical events of what we’ve come to know as the Haitian Revolution and its worldwide impact.

screening with:
Birthright Crisis
Miriam Neptune / 2013 / 15min

Saturday, October 29

1:00pm & 5:45pm

La Belle Vie: The Good Life
Rachelle Salnave / 2014 / 62min

In this story of self-discovery, Haitian-American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave, documents her desire to find people who manage to share similar identity issues and turn love for their country into positive change.

screening with: 
Papa Machete
Jonathan David Kane / 2014 / 10min

3:15pm & 8:00pm

The Other Side of the Water
Magali Damas & Jeremy Robin / 2010 / 77mins

The Other Side of the Water follows a 20-year journey of the Haitian-American community, told through the lens of a vodou-based walking band in Brooklyn. The music is called “Rara”: part-vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest. Rara originally served as a voice of the slaves in their revolt against the French and continued on as the voice of those struggling against ongoing dictatorship in Haiti.

screening with:
Haiti: One Day One Destiny
Michele Stephenson / 2011 / 21min

Sunday, October 30

1:00pm & 5:30pm

Too Black to be French
Isabelle Boni-Claverie / 2015 / 52min

In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past. Through an exploration of her personal family history, and interviews with historians and academics, TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH peels back the layers of race relations in a supposedly institutionally colorblind France.

screening with: 
Needed But Unwanted
Susan Farkas / 2015 / 12min

3:00pm & 7:00pm

Storming of Papa Doc
Mario Delatour / 2014 / 90min

Storming Papa Doc captures one of the most haunting blockades in Haitian history. This documentary tells the story of events that occurred on July 28, 1958, when three ex-army officers from Florida went to Haiti, landed in Delugé, north of Port-au-Prince. They take possession of Dessalines’ Barracks located behind the National Palace. Their goal: the removal of Haitian President, Dr. François Duvalier. The three Haitian officers are accompanied by five American mercenaries.  Director Mario Delatour captures this memorable siege through the use of animation and intercuts the story by documenting real life interviews from the people who survived the violent show down. For the generation who lived through this era, the night of July 28th, 1958 changed the course of Haitian history forever.


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