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Film

The Sun Rises in The East

 
 
Thu, Aug 18, 2022
  • 8:30PM
 
 
LOCATION:

Jitu Weusi (Putnam Plaza)
Grand Street & Fulton Street
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

 
RUN TIME: 58min
GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE
 
 
 
 
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Part of Film series FAB Flicks
Directed by Tayo Giwa / Producer: Cynthia Gordy Giwa | 2021

A chronicle of the birth, rise, and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn that embodied Black self-determination. The East built dozens of institutions, including its own African-centered school, food co-op, publisher, and record label; hosted world-famous jazz musicians and poets; and served as an epicenter for political contemporaries including the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, and the Congress of Afrikan People. In effect, The East built an independent Black nation in the heart of Central Brooklyn.

The Sun Rises in The East is the first feature-length documentary to explore The East and its continued influence on Black Brooklyn. It highlights the challenges that led to the organization’s eventual dissolution—including its gender politics, financial struggles, and government surveillance—while showing just how much is possible, offering an exhilarating vision for today’s movement for racial justice.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

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

 
 
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