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Film

I Will Follow

 
 
Wed, Feb 19, 2020
  • 7PM
 
 
LOCATION:
 
RUN TIME: 88min
FORMAT: DCP
GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Intro by Racquel Gates
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Ava Duvernay | 2010

With Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Beverly Todd, Michole Briana White

Programmer: Racquel Gates

“The themes of Black women's relationships figure prominently in Toni Morrison's body of work. Likewise, Ava DuVernay's I WIll Follow explores the unique experience of caregiving, grief, and renewal through a series of Black woman-grounded bonds and encounters, suggesting, like Morrison's work does, a universe in which Black women's experiences and emotions are central.”—Racquel Gates

Maye (Richardson-Whitfield, in a triumphant performance) finds herself at a crossroads after the death of her aunt Amanda (Todd). Inspired by her own experience, Ava DuVernay’s first feature film paints a graceful, moving portrait of loss and the difficult path forward, capturing Maye's journey on the day she moves out of Amanda's house through her encounters with friends and family members.

Intro by Racquel Gates

 
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Racquel Gates 
 

Racquel Gates is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her research focuses on Blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. She has published in Film Quarterly, Television & New Media, and the anthologies Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences and Saturday Night Live and American TV.

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