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 The series will also engage with the ways in which oral traditions and historical documents are deployed in the films.

Spirits of Rebellion

Awaiting  for Men

Burning an Illusion


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.

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


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