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Amiri Baraka Program

 
 
Mon, Aug 20, 2018
  • 7PM
 
 
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The influence of late revolutionary poet, playwright, and black nationalist Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones)—whose art was a call to arms for African-American liberation—is explored in this program of narrative, documentary, and experimental works.

 
The New-Ark

Dir. Amiri Baraka
1968, 25min, Digital

 

This recently rediscovered documentary made by Baraka in the late 1960s offers a rare glimpse of grassroots consciousness-raising efforts in Newark, New Jersey centered around Spirit House, Baraka’s black nationalist theater and community center.

 
Dutchman

Dir. Anthony Harvey
1966, 55min, digital

 

This explosive adaptation of Baraka’s bombshell play—a provocative exploration of the sinister ways in which black bodies and culture are fetishized by whites—recounts a charged encounter between a mild-mannered African-American professional (Al Freeman Jr.) and a sexually aggressive, increasingly unhinged white woman (Shirley Knight) on the New York subway.

 
 
 
Medea

Dir. Ben Caldwell
1973, 7min, Digital

 

This experimental mini-masterwork from LA Rebellion figure Ben Caldwell evokes the past, present, and future of the African-American experience through hypnotic, rhythmically-edited images set to Baraka’s poem “Part of the Doctrine.”

Digital tape presentation courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

 
 
 
 
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