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Film Series

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

 
 
Feb 3—Feb 23, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Part of BAMcinématek

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 that 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.

“One Way or Another” is co-programmed by BAMcinématek’s Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School.


 
Film
Daughters of the Dust
Feb 3—Mar 2, 2017
 
Daughters of the Dust
Feb 3—Mar 2, 2017
 

Julie Dash’s shimmering, dreamlike evocation of early-20th century Gullah life (which was a key influence on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade) is a sumptuous celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood.

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PAST EVENTS
Film
Losing Ground
 

Rediscovered, restored, and finally released to much acclaim in 2015, Losing Ground is an absolute must-see.

Feb 3—Feb 5, 2017
 
 
Film
I Be Done Been Was Is
 

A documentary profile of black female comedians navigating the male-dominated world of standup.

Feb 4—Feb 23, 2017
 
 
Film
Julie Dash Shorts
 

A survey of Julie Dash’s (Daughters of the Dust) remarkable career, from the 1970s to the present.

Feb 5—Feb 6, 2017
 
 
Film
Camille Billops Program
 

A cross section of raw, heartrending documentary work by Camille Billops.

Feb 6—Feb 15, 2017
CURATOR'S CHOICE
 
 
Film
Performers and Artists
 

This shorts program spotlights several extraordinary black women artists.

Tue, Feb 7, 2017
 
 
Film
Zora is My Name!
 

Ruby Dee scripted and stars in this tribute to visionary writer Zora Neale Hurston.

Tue, Feb 7, 2017
 
 
Film
Twice as Nice + A Minor Altercation
 

Two films by pioneering directors Jackie Shearer and Jessie Maple.

Wed, Feb 8, 2017
 
 
Film
Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker
 

A revealing portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and black feminist icon.

Wed, Feb 8, 2017
 
 
Film
A Different Image + Perfect Image?
 

Two shorts about black women grappling with identity, beauty, and societal norms.

Thu, Feb 9, 2017
 
 
Film
Othello
 

Liz White’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, created by an entirely black cast and crew.

Mon, Feb 13, 2017
 
 
Film
Grey Area + 2 By Fronza Woods
 

Two films by pioneering directors Jackie Shearer and Jessie Maple.

Mon, Feb 13, 2017
 
 
Film
Sky Captain
 

These heartrending portraits of black childhood tackle teen suicide and socioeconomic inequity.

Wed, Feb 15, 2017
 
 
Film
Cycles + On Becoming a Woman
 

Two shorts exploring the relationships of black women to their bodies.

Thu, Feb 16, 2017
 
 
Film
I Am Somebody + The Maids
 

This program mines the complicated relationship between black women and the workplace.

Thu, Feb 16, 2017
 
 
Film
A Dream is What You Wake Up From
 

A program of films about black families, neighborhoods, and home life in the 1970s.

Sat, Feb 18, 2017
 
 
Film
One Way or Another (De Cierta Manera)
 

Pioneering filmmaker Sara Gómez’s radical critique of regressive machismo in Castro’s Cuba.

Sat, Feb 18, 2017
 
 
Film
Animation Program
 

A program spotlighting black women’s contributions to the art of animation.

Sun, Feb 19, 2017
 
 
Film
Namibia: Independence Now!
 

An essential record of women’s role in South-West African liberation.

Mon, Feb 20, 2017
 
 
Film
The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy
 

A lost treasure by Losing Ground director Kathleen Collins.

Tue, Feb 21, 2017
 
 
Film
Sugar Cane Alley
 

Euzhan Palcy’s gorgeous vision of black life in French colonial Martinique.

Thu, Feb 23, 2017