African Heritage Month: First Films by Black Filmmakers
SCREENINGS TUESDAYS AT 5 PM. FREE ADMISSION
2 February - She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee, USA, 1986, 84 minutes. An independently minded 80s African-American female must choose between multiple suitors–one of them played by the director himself–in this precise and energetic debut feature from the now legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.
9 February - Dear White People
Justin Simien, USA, 2014, 108 minutes. Gender preferences, power structures, and race all get questioned in this riotous debut by the tart-tongued writer/director Justin Simien. Set on a contemporary American university campus, Dear White People is a very funny modern-day satire that includes pointed language and possibly offensive subject matter.
16 February - Losing Ground
Kathleen Collins, USA, 1982, 86 minutes. Recently rediscovered and restored by Milestone Films, Losing Ground predates the current round of indie African-American filmmaking by four years. The story of a female philosophy professor balancing a career against a marriage to her unfaithful artist husband, Losing Ground has been acclaimed as a landmark in Black filmmaking.