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.


 
Say It Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966—1981
 
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Say It Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966—1981
This expansive film series features a kaleidoscopic international banquet of features and shorts produced in this revolutionary climate by some of the era’s most incendiary talents.


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PAST EVENTS
Black Liberation/Silent Revolution
Film
Black Liberation (aka Silent Revolution) + Shorts
 

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

Fri, Aug 17, 2018
 
 
Wattstax
Film
Wattstax
 

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

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

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

Sat, Aug 18, 2018
 
 
Learning Tree
Film
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
Film
The Murder of Fred Hampton
 

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

Sun, Aug 19, 2018
 
 
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2
Film
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
Film
Amiri Baraka Program
 

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

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

William Klein and Agnés Varda document the Black Panther movement.

Mon, Aug 20, 2018
 
 
No Vietnamese
Film
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
 

A jolting look at the link between the 60s black liberation and anti-war movements.

Tue, Aug 21, 2018
 
 
Putney Swope
Film
Putney Swope
 

Robert Downey Sr.’s gag-a-minute gonzo satire of advertising and 60s racial politics.

Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 
 
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
Film
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One + Shorts
 

William Greaves’ mind-bending meta-cinema masterpiece.

Wed, Aug 22, 2018
 
 
Film
The Spook Who Sat By the Door
 

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

Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 
 
Film
Uptight
 

Black radicals prepare for revolution in Jules Dassin’s hard-hitting political thriller.

Thu, Aug 23, 2018
 
 
Soleil O
Film
Soleil Ô
 

An audacious mix of satire, whiplash stylistics, and anti-colonialist indignation.

Fri, Aug 24, 2018
 
 
Pressure
Film
Pressure
 

The first black British film examines what it means to be an outsider in your own society.

Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 
 
BALDWIN’S NIGGER
Film
Baldwin's Nigger + Death May Be Your Santa Claus
 

Twin transmissions from the British Black Power movement.

Sat, Aug 25, 2018
 
 
Sambizanga
Film
Sambizanga
 

A bracing view of Angola’s anti-colonialist struggle and a rousing call to revolution.

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

A stunning mix of vérité authenticity, densely stylized surrealism, and radical agitprop.

Sun, Aug 26, 2018
 
 
Film
Killer of Sheep + Shorts
 

Charles Burnett’s American neorealist landmark with shorts by fellow LA Rebellion members.

Mon, Aug 27, 2018
 
 
Passing Through
Film
Passing Through
 

An exhilarating lost classic and one of the all-time great jazz films.

Tue, Aug 28, 2018
 
 
Mass of Images
Film
Mass of Images: Black Power Era Experimenta
 

The filmmakers of the Black Power era revolutionize cinematic form.

Wed, Aug 29, 2018
 
 
3 Day Pass
Film
The Story of a Three Day Pass
 

Melvin Van Peebles’ made-in-France, Nouvelle Vague-inspired feature debut.

Thu, Aug 30, 2018
 
 
Film
Watermelon Man
 

Melvin Van Peebles’ subversive, Kafkaesque race-swap comedy.

Thu, Aug 30, 2018