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Film Series

Say It Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966—1981

 
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Aug 17—Aug 30, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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As black consciousness spread across the globe in the mid-1960s, it gave rise to a radical cinema that both reflected and worked to further the cause of African-American liberation. From surprisingly subversive major releases to on-the-ground documents of Black Panthers in action to the expressive social portraits of the LA Rebellion, this cinematic companion to the exhibit Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (opening September 14 at the Brooklyn Museum) brings together raw, revolutionary, powerfully relevant records of a struggle that continues to this day.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power first ran at London’s Tate Modern from Jul—Oct 2017. Special thanks to Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art at Tate Modern.


 
No Vietnamese
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No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
Tue, Aug 21, 2018
 
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
Tue, Aug 21, 2018
 

This jolting work of DIY journalism captures the righteous anger of black anti-war protesters and veterans during a historic 1967 march on the United Nations.

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Putney Swope
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Putney Swope
Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 
Putney Swope
Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 

Robert Downey Sr.’s wildly irreverent satire—in which chaos ensues when the sole black exec at Madison Ave. ad agency becomes chairman of the board—is a gonzo time machine back to a decidedly un-PC past.

+ Intro by K Austin Collins, film critic, Vanity Fair
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SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One + Shorts
Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One + Shorts
Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 

Documentarian William Greaves’ meta-cinematic mind-bender—involving three camera crews in search of a movie—is a one-of-a-kind counterculture masterpiece.

+ Introduction by Ina Archer
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The Spook Who Sat By the Door
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 
The Spook Who Sat By the Door
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 

Suppressed for decades by the FBI, the most radical, anti-white supremacy statement of the blaxploitation era follows a disillusioned black CIA agent who builds a guerilla army intent on government overthrow.

+ (9:30pm screening) Intro by Kazembe Balagun (Writer, activist, and project manager for the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
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Uptight
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 
Uptight
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 

Jules Dassin’s hard-hitting, unjustly overlooked political thriller is a vivid record of an era when black resistance was evolving from nonviolence to revolution.

+ Intro by film theorist and author Michael B. Gillespie
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Soleil O
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Soleil Ô
Fri, Aug 24, 2018
 
Soleil Ô
Fri, Aug 24, 2018
 

An audacious mix of satire, whiplash stylistics, and anti-colonialist indignation, this scorching rebuke of white supremacy charts the freewheeling, sometimes surreal experiences of an African in Paris.

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Pressure
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Pressure
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 
Pressure
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 

Widely regarded as the first black British feature film, this absorbing portrait of a London teenager struggling to find his place in the world considers what it means to be an outsider in your own society.

+ Intro by series programmer Ashley Clark
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BALDWIN’S NIGGER
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Baldwin's Nigger + Death May Be Your Santa Claus
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 
Baldwin's Nigger + Death May Be Your Santa Claus
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 

Twin transmissions from the British Black Power movement: a conversation with James Baldwin and comedian-activist Dick Gregory screens alongside a freewheeling counterculture freak-out.

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Sambizanga
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Sambizanga
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
 
Sambizanga
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
 

Trailblazing director Sarah Maldoror’s bracing call to revolution dramatizes Angola’s anti-colonialist struggle via the story of a wife’s relentless search for her imprisoned resistance leader husband.

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Bush Mama
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Bush Mama + Hour Glass
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
 
Bush Mama + Hour Glass
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
 

Haile Gerima’s stunningly original mix of vérité-style authenticity, densely stylized surrealism, and radical agitprop depicts a struggling LA mother’s political awakening.

+ Intro by Hannah Giorgis, culture writer, The Atlantic
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Killer Of Sheep
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Killer of Sheep + Shorts
Mon, Aug 27, 2018
 
Killer of Sheep + Shorts
Mon, Aug 27, 2018
 

Charles Burnett’s landmark of American neorealism screens alongside shorts by fellow LA Rebellion directors Alile Sharon Larkin and Don Amis.

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Passing Through
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Passing Through
Tue, Aug 28, 2018
 
Passing Through
Tue, Aug 28, 2018
 

Heralded as the greatest jazz film ever made, this exhilarating lost classic from the LA Rebellion links African-American music to the struggle for black liberation.

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Mass of Images
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Mass of Images: Black Power Era Experimenta
Wed, Aug 29, 2018
 
Mass of Images: Black Power Era Experimenta
Wed, Aug 29, 2018
 

Films by Barbara McCullough, Jamaa Fanaka, Ulysses S. Jenkins, and Edward Owens are featured in this selection of works that are as formally daring as they are culturally subversive.

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3 Day Pass
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The Story of a Three Day Pass
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
 
The Story of a Three Day Pass
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
 

Made in France, Melvin Van Peebles’ striking feature debut mixes freewheeling Nouvelle Vague stylistics with an incisive look at European and American attitudes towards race.

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Watermelon Man
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
 
Watermelon Man
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
 

A racist white insurance salesman wakes up one morning to discover he’s become black in Melvin Van Peebles’ only studio film, a subversive statement of Black Power smuggled into a mainstream commercial comedy.

+ Intro by Racquel Gates
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PAST EVENTS
Black Liberation/Silent Revolution
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Black Liberation (aka Silent Revolution) + Shorts
 

A rare, powerfully propulsive call to arms made in collaboration with Malcolm X.

Fri, Aug 17, 2018
 
 
Wattstax
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Wattstax
 

Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, and other legends commemorate the Watts Rebellion.

Sat, Aug 18, 2018
 
 
RIGHT ON!
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Right On!
 

Proto-rappers the Last Poets take their radical message to the streets of Harlem.

Sat, Aug 18, 2018
 
 
Learning Tree
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The Learning Tree
 

A boy comes of age in 1920s Kansas in the first African-American-directed studio film.

Sun, Aug 19, 2018
 
 
THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON
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The Murder of Fred Hampton
 

A chilling investigation into the assassination of the Black Panther party leader.

Sun, Aug 19, 2018
 
 
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2
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American Revolution 2
 

A raw, you-are-there dispatch from the frontlines of social unrest in 1968 Chicago.

Sun, Aug 19, 2018
 
 
Amiri Baraka Program
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Amiri Baraka Program
 

Explores the influence of the revolutionary poet, playwright, and back nationalist.

Mon, Aug 20, 2018
 
 
Eldridge Cleaver
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Eldridge Cleaver: Black Panther + Black Panthers
 

William Klein and Agnés Varda document the Black Panther movement.

Mon, Aug 20, 2018