Twenty-three years ago, the Creatively Speaking Film Series was founded with the mission of elevating the work of highly regarded independent filmmakers of color. “Double Exposure”, highlights work from across the African Diaspora – African American, African and Caribbean films -- reaffirming Creatively Speaking’s commitment to changing the cultural narrative, one image at a time.
The films in this program are an array of genres: a love triangle, the biography a living legend, a political drama, little known history lessons, contemporary social issues and speculative fiction from the not too distant future are presented, compared and contrasted. We invite you to join us for in depth conversations with filmmakers and film enthusiasts following each program in this weekend series.
Special guests include Ernest Dickerson, Lisa Cortes, Juney Smith, & Woodie King, Jr., Angelique Webster, Darius Clark Monroe and Kazembe Balagun.
Curated by Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking team.
Fri - 8:15pm - DOUBLE PLAY
Sat - 1:30pm - TEZA
4:30pm - FOOTPRINTS Of PanAfricanism
7pm - KING OF STAGE
9:15PM - BROWN GIRL BEGINS
Sun - 2pm - SHORTS PROGRAM
4:15pm - KING OF STAGE
6:15pm - UPRIZE w/ I WANT TO SEE FOR MYSELF
8pm - BROWN GIRL BEGINS
by Ernest Dickerson
2017/130 minutes -(Curaçao)
The last place you might expect an internationally known director to turn up is in the Curaçaoan film industry, but that’s where versatile veteran Ernest Dickerson can be found with Double Play, a production from the Caribbean nation that in many ways pitches itself as an advert for the cultural vibrancy - and filming opportunities - of the island. Based on a novel by Kurasoleño writer Frank Martinus Arion, the film is clearly steeped in the spirit of place, has a strong international cast and is handsomely placed. One of the lead characters, played by Mustapha Shakir, is currently the star of Netflix’ runaway hit series “Luke Cage”.
by Haile Gerima
2008/140 minutes –(Ethiopia)
The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and social values. After several years spent studying medicine in Germany, he finds the country of his youth replaced by turmoil. His dream of using his craft to improve the health of Ethiopians is squashed by a military junta that uses scientists for its own political ends. Seeking the comfort of his countryside home, Anberber finds no refuge from violence. The solace that the memories of his youth provide is quickly replaced by the competing forces of military and rebelling factions. Anberber needs to decide whether he wants to bear the strain or piece together a life from the fragments that lie around him.
Footprints of Pan Africanism
by Shirikiana Gerima
2017/77 mins – (U.S.)
This documentary revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence, when Africans on the continent and throughout the Diaspora participated in building a liberated territory. This movement, rooted in the determination to reassert black people’s humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism, constituted an essential, indispensable part of the global Pan- African vision for liberation, which in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s ushered in no less than a black political and cultural revolution. Footprints ultimately celebrates the challenges younger generations are facing as those who have yet to pick up the baton of the great Pan-African dreamers.
King Of Stage
by Juney Smith
Main character of King of Stage
This documentary relates the life of an amazing contributor to the contemporary Black cultural arena, Mr. Woodie King. The founder and producing director of The New Federal theater and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City, he has presented over 200 productions in the 47 seasons since the theater first launched in 1970. These accomplishments are in addition to producing and directing Broadway shows such as Ntozake Sange’s “For Colored Girls...” , Ron Milner’s “What the Winesellers Buy” , and “Checkmates” to name a few. This giant of a man facilitated the careers of many well-known actors who have become household names including: Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and so many more.
Brown Girl Begins
by Sharon Lewis
Sharon Lewis was inspired to make the film after reading Nalo Hopkinson’s novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. The first time feature tells the story of Ti-Jeanne as she comes of age in a world that is predisposed to ignore black and female voices.
by Sifiso Khanyile
2017 / 57min / DCP
In June of 1976, the Soweto uprising, a series of protests led by black South African students which was met with repressive police violence by the apartheid state, showed a new, defiant face of the fed-up segregated youth to the watching world. Now, over forty years later, Khanyile’s remarkable documentary reignites the fire of the uprising using archival footage and the firsthand accounts of students leaders to vividly return to the joy and pain that marked a turning point in the history of South Africa.
I Want To See For Myself
by Fanyana Hlabangane
Arthur Ashe was the first Black Tennis player ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He was also a human rights activist who vehemently opposed Apartheid segregation in 70s South Africa. In 1970, when Ashe was the top-ranked American in the game, he was denied a visa when he wanted to take part in the South African Open, a prestigious event at the time. The wish to play in South Africa offended groups who felt that a sportsman of his caliber shouldn’t play in Apartheid South Africa, but his response was simply “I want to see for myself”.
Double Exposure Shorts Program
WHERE THE WATER RUNS
DuBois Ashong / 2018 / 24 mins / DCP
David de Rozas / 2017 / 17 mins / DCP
Darius Clark Monroe / 2018 / 15 mins / DCP
LOVE AND RESPECT
Angelique Webster / 2018 / 16 mins / DCP
INTO MY LIFE
Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling, Grace Remington
2018 / 15 mins / DCP
A program showcasing the work of several provocative new talents. A water delivery truck driver in South Central L.A. uncovers a plot to privatize the city’s dwindling resources during a prolonged drought in Ashtong’s Where the Water Runs. GIVE, by De Rozas, shows a senior Reverend seeking to preserve his legacy building an alternative visual narrative for the black community before his impending retirement. Monroe’s Black 14 uses archival material to tell the story of fourteen black student athletes who were dismissed from the University of Wyoming's football team in 1969 for taking a stance against racial harassment and discrimination in the Mormon church. Webster’s experimental documentary Respect and Love is a tribute to the first African-American woman to sue the Catholic Church for sexual abuse thirty years ago, and a colloquy between the filmmaker and her mother. Into My Life pays a moving tribute to the work of one mother-daughter duo, the community present in Lindsay Park, the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, and the power of creative self-representation.