Institute of African American Affairs
Department of Cinema Studies



Spring 2017 Film Series
and Discussion with Directors

The series is a continuation from Fall 2016 and will include films that link identity, authenticity and creativity to the value of returning to the sources. By "return to the source" we are putting in conversation films that entertain or question the usefulness of returning home as narrative forms. The films will explore such varied narrative forms as the essay film, home-movies, archives, as well as fictional, experimental and documentary approaches. The series will also engage with the ways in which oral traditions and historical documents are deployed in the films.

Directors will be present for discussion after the screenings.

Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA 

(USA, 2016,  1h 40min.)  
Director: Zeinabu irene Davis

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Tisch School of the Arts –
NYU-Dept. of Cinema Studies, 721 Broadway,
6th floor Michelson Theater, NY, NY

Spirits of Rebellion traces filmmakers identified with the L.A. Rebellion, including Charles Burnett, Ben Caldwell, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, and others. Topics include the importance of public education to this group and in today’s world, asks “what is a Black film?”  as these filmmakers historicize their legacy on film and in society.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Awaiting for Men (En Attendant les Hommes)

(Belgium, 2007, 56 min.)  
Director: Katy Lena Ndiaye

TIME:  6:00 pm  (doors open at 5:45 pm)
LOCATION: Cantor Film Center-NYU
36 East 8th Street (between University
Place and Greene Street) NY, NY

In Oualata, a red city on the far edge of the Sahara desert, three women practice traditional painting by decorating the walls of the city. In a society apparently dominated by tradition, religion and men, these women unreservedly express themselves. They comment freely on the relationship between men and women.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Burning an Illusion

(United Kingdom, 1981,  1h 41 min.)  
Director: Menelik Shabazz 

TIME:  6:00 pm  (doors open at 5:45 pm)
LOCATION: Cantor Film Center-NYU
36 East 8th Street (between University Place
and Greene Street) NY, NY

A young British-born woman of color comes of age while seeking security through marriage. But the false arrest and merciless beating of her boyfriend by police forces a turning point in both their lives. As she becomes more politically aware, their relationship changes and she begins to question her middle-class aspirations and attitudes, shedding her old biases to reclaim her African heritage.