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Almas rainbow
Film Alma’s Rainbow + Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
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Running Time: 100min Format: DCP
Directed By Ayoka Chenzira

New restorations of African-American filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira’s visionary work center Black womanhood.

Join us July 29 following the 7pm screening for a Q&A with director Ayoka Chenzira.

+ Join us July 29 following the 7pm screening for a Q&A with director Ayoka Chenzira.
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)

Screenings today: 4:30PM 7PM 9:30PM

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Alma’s Rainbow

1993, 90min
With Victoria Gabrielle Platt, Kim Weston-Moran, Mizan Kirby


Known for her socially conscious films that challenge stereotypes about Black culture, Ayoka Chenzira’s first feature film is a coming-of-age dramedy that highlights a group of middle-class Black women living in Brooklyn. As Rainbow (Platt) enters womanhood and navigates her own experiences around beauty standards, self-image, and the rights of Black women over their own bodies, her pragmatic mother Alma Gold (Weston-Moran) and free-spirited aunt Ruby Gold (Kirby) disagree on the “proper” direction for Rainbow’s life. In this multi-layered Black woman's world, Rainbow, Alma, and Ruby wrestle with love and what it means to exert and exercise their own agency. New Restoration!

A Kino Lorber/Milestone release

Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People

1984, 10min


In this satirical short, Chenzira utilizes mixed media and animation to unpack the stereotypes associated with Black hair while critiquing the limits of the European beauty standard. She draws attention to the physical pain Black women endure to straighten their hair, and the emotional pain that comes as a result of the pressure to conform. New Restoration!