Suzanne, Suzanne + Navajo Talking Picture
Film Navajo Talking Picture + Suzanne, Suzanne Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Aug 13, 2019
  • 9:30PM
Running Time: 70min

Filmmakers turn the camera on their own families in a controversial landmark of indigenous cinema and a harrowing portrait of black family trauma.

MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)

Navajo Talking Picture

Dir. Arlene Bowman
1985, 40min


This groundbreaking and controversial work of Indigenous cinema charts the struggles of director Arlene Bowman as she sets out to make a documentary about her Navajo grandmother—only to find her project waylaid by the older woman’s refusal to participate. The resulting work is a complex examination of documentary ethics, representation, heritage, and cultural assimilation that continues to provoke debate.

Suzanne, Suzanne

Dir. Camille Billops & James Hatch
1985, 30min


Camille Billops turns the camera on her own family in this harrowing portrait of a young black woman processing her father’s abuse and her own drug addiction.