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FILM SERIES

In the Images, Behind the Camera: Women’s Political Cinema, 1959—1992

 
 
May 6—May 12, 2022
 
   
 
 
 
 
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“They must be in the images, behind the camera, in the editing room and involved in every stage of the making of a film. African women must be everywhere—they must be the ones to talk about their problems.”—Sarah Maldoror

Works of cinematic rebellion, the world over.

This series draws together women filmmakers from the Global South and its diasporas working from the 1960s to 1990s to exercise political authority in the realm of cinema. Featuring rarely screened and newly restored films, it offers multi-layered reckonings with the interlocked global systems of colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism. These artists challenge male-dominated filmmaking, while also rejecting the limitations of mainstream cinematic models. They engage in the work of creating counter-narrative, while considering both the limitations and possibilities of national belonging and transnational solidarity. From liberation struggles to intimate histories to explorations of motherhood, these women produced films whose political force ranges from overt militancy to quieter forms of revolution.

Programmed by Yasmina Price


 
PAST EVENTS
Sambizanga
Film
Sambizanga + Monangambée
 

Trailblazing director Sarah Maldoror’s bracing visions of Angola’s anti-colonialist struggle.

Fri, May 6, 2022
 
 
One Way Or Another
Film
One Way or Another
 

Sara Gómez’s radical narrative-documentary hybrid about Castro’s Cuba.

Sat, May 7, 2022
 
 
Surname Viet
Film
Surname Viet Given Name Nam
 

A profoundly personal documentary offering a multifaceted exploration of Vietnamese women.

Sat, May 7, 2022
 
 
Chircales
Film
Chircales + Horse of Mud + These Hands
 

Stories of brick making and rock breaking offer windows into global systems of exploitation.

Sun, May 8, 2022
 
 
Dreaming Rivers
Film
Fatma 75 + Dreaming Rivers
 

An essay-film and dreamlike short offer intimate women’s histories of ongoing colonialism.

Sun, May 8, 2022
 
 
Letter From My Village
Film
Letter from My Village + Selbe: One Among Many
 

Trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker Safi Faye offers a poignant look at post-independence rural life.

Sun, May 8, 2022
 
 
Patu
Film
Patu! + Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy
 

Works from New Zealand and Australia spotlight mass protests and forced assimilation.

Sun, May 8, 2022
 
 
 Araya
Film
Araya
 

A breathtaking, poetic documentary-narrative hybrid about life in the salt marshes.

Mon, May 9, 2022
 
 
A Door To The Sky
Film
A Door to the Sky
 

A bold look at one woman’s spiritual and cultural awakening in Morocco.

Tue, May 10, 2022
 
 
La Zerda
Film
The Zerda or the Songs of Forgetting
 

This striking political and poetic work from Algeria defies the colonial gaze.

Wed, May 11, 2022
 
 
The Hour Of Liberation
Film
The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
 

A rare record of a democratic, feminist guerrilla movement during an uprising in Dhofar.

Thu, May 12, 2022
 
 
Yugantar
Film
Yugantar Film Collective
 

Four provocative exposés from India’s first feminist film collective.

Thu, May 12, 2022