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Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” in Pictures

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Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” in Pictures

  • St. Johns University 101 Astor Place New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

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

Earlier Event: August 5
Black Star Film Festival
Later Event: February 26
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart