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Film Series

Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film

 
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Feb 2—Feb 18, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Before Black Panther there was...an entire alternative cinematic history of black screen heroes who challenged establishment power structures through their sheer existence. From blaxploitation icons to supernatural avengers to anti-colonial outlaws, this series spotlights industry-defying images of black heroism and empowerment in films that are as socially and politically subversive as they are downright fun.


 
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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
 

Melvin Van Peebles’ revolutionary landmark of black independent cinema.

Fri, Feb 2, 2018
 
 
Abar
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Abar: The First Black Superman
 

A black revolutionary is transformed into a man of steel in this blaxploitation film.

Fri, Feb 2, 2018
 
 
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Foxy Brown
 

A super-fly Pam Grier gets even in this grindhouse classic.

Sat, Feb 3, 2018
 
 
Cleo
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Cleopatra Jones
 

“She’s 6-feet 2-inches of dynamite… And the hottest super agent ever!”

Sat, Feb 3, 2018
 
 
shaft
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Shaft
 

The blaxploitation sensation with Isaac Hayes’ classic, hot-buttered soul soundtrack.

Sun, Feb 4, 2018
 
 
Buck
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Buck and the Preacher
 

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte fight white oppressors in this slam-bang Western.

Sun, Feb 4, 2018
 
 
Space is the place
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Space is the Place
 

Avant-jazz mystic Sun Ra brings his pioneering Afrofuturist vision to film.

Mon, Feb 5, 2018
 
 
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The Spook Who Sat By the Door
 

The most radical call to revolution of the 1970s, suppressed for decades by the FBI.

Mon, Feb 5, 2018
 
 
Blackdyna
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Black Dynamite
 

This hilarious spoof of blaxploitation cinema nails the music, the fashion, and the jive.

Tue, Feb 6, 2018
 
 
Spawn
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Spawn
 

A pure cinema pop spectacle with the screen’s first black blockbuster superhero.

Tue, Feb 6, 2018
 
 
Night of the living dead
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Night of the Living Dead
 

George Romero's stunningly subversive horror milestone is more than just the mother of all zombie movies; it's a still-shocking vision of Vietnam-era America consuming itself. The oft-imitated premise—a band of strangers crawl the walls of a farmhouse while the flesh-eating undead approach—is transformed into a canny (and ultimately chilling) commentary on race by the casting the sole black actor (Jones) as the hero.

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
 
 
Candyman
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Candyman
 

A 90s horror classic rich in compelling racial and social commentary.

Wed, Feb 7, 2018
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Blade
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Blade + Blade II
 

Wesley Snipes is iconic as a half-vampire avenger in this inventive sci-fi-horror hybrid.

Fri, Feb 9, 2018
 
 
Kirikou
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Kirikou and the Sorceress
 

An exquisite animated fable with a soundtrack by Senegalese great Youssou N’Dour.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
 
 
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Men In Black
 

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are the Ray-Ban-sporting galaxy defenders.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
 
 
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The Future of the Black Screen Superhero + discussion
 

An international program of shorts, from Afrofuturist fantasies to dystopian social commentary.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
 
 
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A schoolteacher turned superhero cleans up the community in this lovably goofball farce.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
 
 
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The Harder They Come
 

Roots icon Jimmy Cliff stars in “the definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.”

Mon, Feb 12, 2018
 
 
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Besouro
 

The real life saga of an Afro-Brazilian martial arts legend and black liberator.

Mon, Feb 12, 2018
 
 
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Caribbean Film Series: Brown Girl Begins + S0.CI3.TY
 

Caribbean folklore meets Afrofuturist superhero saga in this one-of-a-kind feminist origin story.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018
 
 
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Pop sensation Aaliyah is the queen of vampires in this glitzy-goth horror extravaganza.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018
 
 
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A mute, black alien crash-lands in Harlem in this wryly comic, lo-fi lost treasure.

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
 
 
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A subtly supernatural origin story and one of the most overlooked films of the last year.

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
 
 
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
 

Forest Whitaker is a Zen hitman in Jim Jarmusch’s inventively offbeat crime thriller.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
 
 
Catwoman
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Halle Berry as the leather-clad, whip-cracking super-feline.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
 
 
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A spellbinding, mystical masterpiece from Malian auteur Souleymane Cissé.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
 
 
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Strange Days
 

Kathryn Bigelow’s dazzling sci-fi head-trip with a seriously steely Angela Bassett.

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
 
 
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John Boyega stars in this British satire blending 80s thrills and incisive social commentary.

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
 
 
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BAM and the Black Comics Collective present a day-long showcase celebrating comics of color.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
 
 
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