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Film Series

A String of Pearls: The Films of Camille Billops & James Hatch

 
Film Series
 
Feb 3—Feb 9, 2023
 
   
 
 
 
 
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“Some people say our films have a tendency toward dirty laundry. The films say it like it is, rather than how people want it to be.”—Camille Billops

One of the great path-breaking documentarians in American cinema history, Camille Billops, is celebrated in this series featuring new restorations of her complete body of film work. Long difficult to access, these six films—made in collaboration with her creative and life partner James Hatch—are playful, searching, and daring in turns. From her masterpieces Finding Christa and Suzanne, Suzanne to rarely screened explorations of women’s sexuality, cultural theft, Black masculinity, and more, Billops shares a vision of the Black American experience that’s formally inventive and fearlessly personal.


 
Suzanne Suzanne
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Suzanne, Suzanne + Finding Christa
Feb 3—Feb 9, 2023
 
Suzanne, Suzanne + Finding Christa
Feb 3—Feb 9, 2023
 

Camille Billops creates piercing explorations of her own family’s history in her most celebrated works, about mothers and daughters struggling to both move on and reconnect.

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KKK Boutique
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The KKK Boutique ain't Just Rednecks + Take Your Bags
Feb 4—Feb 7, 2023
 
The KKK Boutique ain't Just Rednecks + Take Your Bags
Feb 4—Feb 7, 2023
 

Two of Billops’ most thrillingly free-form works offer a satirical journey through American racism that riffs on Dante’s Inferno and an exploration of the stolen cultural heritage of African-Americans.

+ Introduction by Yasmina Price
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Older Women and Love
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Older Women and Love + A String of Pearls
Feb 5—Feb 8, 2023
 
Older Women and Love + A String of Pearls
Feb 5—Feb 8, 2023
 

Inspired by her aunt’s dalliance with a man half her age and the stories of men in her family, Billops uses personal history to unlock intimate explorations of women’s sexuality, romance, and masculinity.

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