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Film

Shorts Program 1: Intercepted

 
 
Jun 23—Jun 29, 2021
 
 
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Part of Film series BAMcinemaFest 2021

Where can activation and alliances emerge from crisis? How can we envision communal relations as an antidote for healing? Incorporating notions of Black family preservation, accessibility, and feminist collectivity, these stories look at points of connection that prevail amid legacies of state-sanctioned family separation.

Post-screening Q&A with Sasha Wortzel (director, This is an Address), Malika Zouhali-Worrall (director, Video Visit), Ingrid Raphaël (director, They Won’t Call It Murder), Melissa Gira Grant (director, They Won’t Call It Murder), and Ash Goh Hua (director, I'm Free Now, You Are Free).

This event includes closed captioning.


Tickets for BAMcinemaFest 2021 are pay what you wish. Please note: The viewing experience is the same at each price level; select the amount that makes the most sense for you.

All BAMcinemaFest films are available until Tue, Jun 29 at 11:59pm. Please ensure you have time to complete your film viewing.

 
This is an Address

Dir. Sasha Wortzel | 2020, 18min

 

In this meditation on community, gentrification, and erasure, Stonewall veteran and trans activist Sylvia Rivera takes up residency on the Hudson River piers with a group of HIV-positive New Yorkers, as cranes raze vacant buildings for a new skyline.

 
Video Visit

Dir. Malika Zouhali-Worrall | 2021, 21min

 

Each week, scores of people visit the Brooklyn Public Library to see their incarcerated loved ones via a free video call. This film tells the story of two mothers, their sons, and the librarians who negotiate daily to keep the families connected.

 
 
 
I’m Free Now, You Are Free

Dir. Ash Goh Hua | 2020, 15min

 

When Mike Africa, Jr., was born in prison, he spent just three days with his mother Debbie Africa, a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9, before prison guards wrenched him away. They spent the next 40 years struggling for freedom and for each other. This film offers a reflection on their reunion and a meditation on Black family preservation as resistance against state violence.

 
 
They Won’t Call It Murder

Dirs. Ingrid Raphaël & Melissa Gira Grant | 2021, 20min

 

For more than 20 years, Columbus police have killed dozens of people in the city—many young, mostly Black—yet no officer has been charged with murder. In their wake, a group of women, bound by grief at losing their sons, brothers, and sisters, demand recognition for their loss, offering a searing indictment of a system that has failed them. Together, these families challenge the city’s long legacy of withholding answers and ignoring calls for accountability to confront what feels like an impossible question: How do you demand justice from a system that has stolen the lives of children?

 
 
 

Season Sponsor:

Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

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Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation

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