A young Trinidadian street vendor must travel to Toronto and decide if he will help save his estranged father from dying in this family drama.
From programmer Melissa Lyde:
“We give space to male/masculine presenting filmmakers who are affirming divine masculinity and embracing healthier shades of whole-body expressionism. These films call on higher ambitions to break the facade of patriarchy and enter a bold and boundless destiny of creativity, living and asserting the masculine’s purpose. To the degree that masculinity has been exhausted by abuse of power, it’s largely fallen short of protecting the feminine, leading to competitive division. To restore this balance, Most Powerful sources visuals from Brooklyn-based and leading filmmakers shaping the next wave of poetic cinema.
“Works by Darol Kae, Jamil McGinnis, Jard Lerebours, Luis Santos, Greg Harris, Anthony Jamari Thomas, and Zkonqu embody the light of the divine masculine and guide audiences toward a stable foundation for the pride of men of color.”
Keeping Time (2022)
Dir. Darol Kae, 32min
The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra’s (the Ark) is a legendary avant-garde jazz group founded in South Central LA in 1961, but in recent decades their vibrancy has waned. Bringing together original and archival footage, filmmaker Darol Kae offers a meditation on what it means to maintain continuity with the past—told through the kaleidoscopic journey of a young drummer who must learn how to guide this multi-generational band into the future after being named their new bandleader.
As Time Passes (2022)
Dir. Jamil McGinnis,14min
Dir. Jard Lerebours, 2min
New York-based multidisciplinary artist Jard Lerebours shares an exploration and a call for Black people to escape the terms and identities created by Western imperialism. Two lovers run away from Babylon, offering a subversive look at gender and its trappings within the Black diaspora.
Dir. Anthony Jamari Thomas, 3min
Dir. Greg Harris, 7mins
The kinetic, working class energy of New York City is captured through movement and manifestos around the metropolis. Visual cues on urban stages make reference to maroon spaces—communities of resistance created by formerly enslaved people—along with some of the organizers and educators who have called New York home, all the while echoing the city’s history of independent cinema.
Leadership support for
BAM Access Programs provided by
the Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Leadership support for
BAM Film provided by
the Ford Foundation and
The Thompson Family Foundation