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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were so thankful for this coming together of artists, activists, civic leaders, and community members to begin the year focused on justice, equality, and the potential for change. If you weren’t able to attend, this free virtual event is now available to stream through February 28. Plus, we’re opening two Sundance favorites in our virtual cinemas, looking forward to a conversation between award-winning poets Ross Gay and Leah Naomi Green, and putting out a call for young filmmakers to share their work at the BAMkids Film Festival 2021.


 
You Will Die At Twenty
Film
You Will Die at Twenty
Now Playing
 
You Will Die at Twenty
Now Playing
 

Haunted by a prophecy that he will die at age 20, a young man escapes his mother’s watchful eye and begins to question his destiny in this auspicious debut from Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

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Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs
provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Identifying Features
Film
Identifying Features
Now Playing
 
Identifying Features
Now Playing
 

Set in the current Mexican humanitarian crisis, this poignant drama tells the story of a woman’s search to find her son who disappeared en route to the US border.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Young Filmmakers
Young Filmmakers Showcase Submissions
 
Young Filmmakers Showcase Submissions
 

Calling all young filmmakers—ages 13 or younger—to submit a short film to be included in this year’s BAMkids Film Festival.

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Jerome L. Greene Foundation

MLK
Community
The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan 18—Feb 28, 2021
 
The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan 18—Feb 28, 2021
 

We come together to honor the iconic civil rights leader at this digital adaptation of our beloved annual event, featuring world-renowned activists and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

MOREWATCH
 
In The Mood For Love
Film
In the Mood for Love
Now Playing
 
In the Mood for Love
Now Playing
 

This visually extravagant, masterful evocation of romantic longing is a milestone in Wong Kar Wai’s career, newly restored in 4K.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Happy Together
Film
Happy Together
Now Playing
 
Happy Together
Now Playing
 

A new restoration of Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown—a celebrated influence on Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Chungking Express
Film
Chungking Express
Now Playing
 
Chungking Express
Now Playing
 

One of the defining works of 90s cinema is newly restored, offering a fresh look at the gloriously shot and utterly unexpected film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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The Reason I Jump
Film
The Reason I Jump
Now Playing
 
The Reason I Jump
Now Playing
 

Based on the best-selling memoir by Naoki Higashida, this immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity centers the experiences of five nonspeaking autistic people from around the world.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Museum Town
Film
Museum Town
Now Playing
 
Museum Town
Now Playing
 

This fascinating documentary charts the improbable transformation of MASS MoCA from abandoned factories into the world’s largest museum for contemporary art and highlights some of the artists working there today.

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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Share your BAM memory
 
Share your BAM memory
 
BAM is no single art form, artist, or audience. It is a powerful collection of people who seek creativity as a source of inspiration, joy, and transformation—and that includes you. We’d love to hear what makes BAM special to you.
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Artist Residencies
PROGRAM
Artist Residencies
 
Artist Residencies
 

BAM launches a new artist residency series with Timothy du White, Marjani Forte-Saunders & Everett Saunders, Annie-B Parson, and others, starting this fall.

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End of Year 2020
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You make BAM possible—for everyone.
 
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UPCOMING
Ross Gay
Talks
In Conversation: Ross Gay and Leah Naomi Green
Thu, Jan 28, 2021
 
In Conversation: Ross Gay and Leah Naomi Green
Thu, Jan 28, 2021
 

The award winning poets discuss their work in connecting with systems of healing and support in nature, poetry, and one another.

MORERSVP
 
Softie
Film
Softie
Opens Jan 29
 
Softie
Opens Jan 29
 

A longtime political activist runs for office in his regional Kenyan election, but challenging corrupt opponents soon puts his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

+ 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM.
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PAST EVENTS
Teen Watch Party
Talks
Drop the Mic: Dream, Speak, Act
 

A virtual watch party of this year’s tribute to MLK followed by discussion—just for teens.

Fri, Jan 22, 2021
GRADES 9—12
 
 
Free
Let Freedom Ring
Visual Art
Let Freedom Ring
 

Brooklyn artists investigate the notion of freedom in this new installation on the BAM sign.

Jan 15—Jan 22, 2021
FREE
 
 
Film
Mayor
 

A real-life political saga following the Christian mayor of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Dec 11, 2020—Jan 14, 2021
 
 
Through The Night
Film
Through the Night
 

An intimate portrait of two working mothers and a caregiver at a 24-hour daycare center.

Dec 11, 2020—Jan 21, 2021
 
 
Alicia Garza
Literary
In Case You Missed It: Alicia Garza
 

The Black Lives Matter co-creator offers a new paradigm for change with her new book.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
 
 
Collective
Film
Collective
 

A thrilling exposé of fraud and malfeasance after an explosive fire at a Bucharest nightclub.

Nov 20, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Arts and Justice
Education | After-School Programs | Grades 9—12
Arts & Justice Fall 2020
 

Create a new theater piece that tackles social issues in this free after-school program.

Oct 15—Dec 17, 2020
GRADES 9—12
 
 
Beau Travail
Film
Beau Travail
 

Denis’ hypnotically languorous take on Billy Budd is an erotic ballet of jealousy and obsession.

Sep 10—Oct 29, 2020
 
 
Native Son
Film
Native Son
 

A new, complete restoration of Richard Wright’s bombshell 1940 novel brought to the screen.

Sep 24—Oct 22, 2020
 
 
From The East
Film
From the East (D’Est)
 

A new restoration of Chantal Akerman’s cinematographic elegy without dialogue or commentary.

Sep 24—Oct 29, 2020
 
 
Bamako
Film
Bamako
 

Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s portrait of corrupt global forces and its effects.

Oct 8—Nov 5, 2020
 
 
La Haine
Film
La Haine
 

This explosive tale of unrest on the margins of Paris celebrates 25 years with a new restoration.

Oct 8—Nov 12, 2020
 
 
That Kindness
Theater
That Kindness: Nurses in Their Own Words
 

V (formerly Eve Ensler) spotlights the nurses on the frontlines in this new virtual play.

Oct 15—Nov 3, 2020
 
 
Martin Eden
Film
Martin Eden
 

An Italy-set bildungsroman about a self-taught proletarian with hopes to rise above his station.

Oct 16—Dec 3, 2020
 
 
Nationtime
Film
Nationtime
 

A new restoration of William Greaves’(Symbiopsychotaxiplasm) long-lost documentary.

Oct 23—Nov 19, 2020
 
 
In The Mouth Of The Wolf
Film
The Mouth of the Wolf
 

A heart-racing, one-of-a-kind essay on human connection and its aching absence.

Oct 29—Nov 19, 2020
 
 
BAMBoo
Kids
BAMboo!
 

This virtual family-friendly Halloween party includes a costume contest and dance party!

Sat, Oct 31, 2020
 
 
Free
DIS|INTEGRATION
Visual Art
DIS|INTEGRATION: Headlines are Frontlines
 

A new installation traverses four years of news headlines under Trump on the BAM sign.

Oct 31—Nov 6, 2020
FREE
 
 
Milford Graves
Film
Milford Graves Full Mantis + Shorts
 

The jazz visionary and inventor in a documentary as thrillingly free form as he is.

Nov 5—Dec 3, 2020
 
 
Isabel Wilkerson
Literary
Isabel Wilkerson with Lynn Nottage
 

The Pulitzer-winning journalist outlines how the caste system plays out across civilizations.

Tue, Nov 10, 2020
 
 
Free
Monsoon
Film
Monsoon
 

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding stars in Hong Khaou’s film about cultural dislocation.

Nov 13—Dec 24, 2020
 
 
Smooth Talk
Film
Smooth Talk
 

Laura Dern stars in this dark drama based on a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates.

Nov 13—Dec 17, 2020
 
 
Markie Milwaukee
Film
Markie in Milwaukee
 

This portrait of a transgender fundamentalist Baptist minister reveals our country's fixation on identity.

Nov 20, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Film
Best of BAMkids Film Festival
 

Gentle, colorful animated films about singing, flying high, and celebrating the magic of life.

Nov 28—Dec 6, 2020
AGES 3—6
 
 
los sures
Film
Los Sures
 

An essential record of pre-gentrification Williamsburg's Puerto Rican community.

Dec 4, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Cinemania
Film
Cinemania
 

This documentary cult classic is an affectionate portrait of five obsessive film goers.

Dec 4, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Dark Days
Film
Dark Days
 

An acclaimed DIY documentary about a homeless community living in a train tunnel.

Dec 4, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Black Futures
Literary
Black Futures
 

Writer and curator Kimberly Drew and culture writer Jenna Wortham celebrate their new book.

Mon, Dec 7, 2020
 
 
 In Sudden Darkness
Film
See You Next Time: Neighborhood Stories
 

Local filmmakers capture the magnetism, care, and resilience of the city in these shorts.

Wed, Dec 9, 2020
 
 
Free Time
Film
Free Time
 

An impressionistic, idyllic portrait of New York from 1958 to 1960 by Manny Kirchheimer.

Dec 11, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Archivettes
Film
The Archivettes
 

A chronicle of the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.

Dec 11, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Bronx Gothic
Film
Bronx Gothic
 

An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed show.

Dec 18, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Hottest August
Film
The Hottest August
 

An urgent look into our apocalyptic future as seen from the perilous present.

Dec 18, 2020—Jan 7, 2021
 
 
Heart Of Loisaida
Film
The Heart of Loisaida + Housing Court
 

Two short documentaries shine a light on the struggle for housing justice in New York.

Dec 18, 2020—Jan 7, 2021