Presented with the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
(USA, 1982, 37 min)
Brick by Brick documents a late-’70s Washington, D.C., ignored by the media, from which poor Black residents are being pushed out. Images of monuments contrast with prescient images of gentrification and homelessness. An alternative is provided by the Seaton Street project, in which tenants united to purchase buildings. Participants discuss their effort as part of a worldwide struggle against displacement.
Directed by Shirikiana Aina.
(USA, 1989, 17 min)
Rasheeda Allen is waiting for her period, a state of anticipation familiar to all women. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women’s voices with the music of Africa and the diaspora-including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti and trumpetiste Clora Bryant.
Directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis.
CREATING A DIFFERENT IMAGE: PORTRAIT OF ALILE SHARON LARKIN
(USA, 1989, 51 min)
A jubilant affirmation of self-identity, Creating a Different Image is Alile Sharon Larkin in her own words defiantly declaring, “I am an artist.” Learn more about the personal life and professional aspirations of the filmmaker behind Your Children Come Back to You (1979), A Different Image (1982), Dreadlocks and the Three Bears (1991) and many more.
Directed by O.Funmilayo Makarah.
(USA, 1979, 27 min)
Alile’s Film, Your Children Come Back To You, shows the world of wealth and social inequality through the eyes of a child. This film is a commentary on the inequality that African Americans faced and how that affected not only the world as a whole, but how it affected individuals, specifically young, impressionable, children.
Directed by Alile Sharon Larkin.
(USA, 1982, 34 min)
The life of an African American woman passing as a white woman working in the film industry during the 1940s.
Directed by Julie Dash.
Followed by the feature film:
(USA, 2016, 90 min.)
Spirits of Rebellion documents the lives and work of a small group of critically acclaimed, but as of yet relatively unknown group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, the first sustained movement in the United States by a collective of minority filmmakers that aimed to re-imagine the production process so as to represent, reflect on, and enrich the day to day lives of people in their own communities.
Directed by Zeinabu Davis.
Saturday Mar. 25. 12 pm – National Museum of African American History & Culture
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