Directed by Gerard McMurray | 2017
With Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes, Serayah, Imani Hakim, Mitchell Edwards
College freshman Zurich seems to have it all: a bright future on campus, a loving girlfriend, and a bid to a prestigious fraternity. But deep into Hell Week, his limits are tested as abuse heightens and he must choose whether to honor a code of silence or stand up against the escalating violence of underground hazing.
Screens Wednesday 4/26, 7pm, BAMCinematek.
Directed by Matthew A. Cherry | 2016
With Dorian Missick
This second feature by Cherry is the first film to be shot entirely on an iPhone 6. On New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, an Uber driver clocks in to work, unaware of what the busiest night of the year has in store for him. While transporting nine different parties across the city, his passengers help him come to terms with life-changing news.
Screens Wednesday 4/26, 9:30pm, BAMCinematek.
Directed by Jonathan Olshefski | 2017
With Christine'a "Mama Quest" Rainey, PJ Rainey
This intimate chronicle of an African-American family in Philadelphia spans eight years, beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency. Parents Christopher and Christine struggle to raise their children through hardship and tragedy, all the while cultivating a creative community in their home recording studio. The resilience of this inspiring family results in a vivid portrait of race, class, and life in modern-day America.
Screens Thursday 4/27, 7pm and Saturday 4/29, 7pm, BAMCinematek.
Directed by Rock Davis & Jay Rodriguez | 2016
When a robbery and shooting almost claim a man’s life, he turns to alcohol as an escape and loses his family and home. Fourteen years later, he manages to secure a job as a home health worker—only to find himself helping the now-paralyzed gang member who shot him years prior. Desperate to rebuild his life, he must confront his patient to begin his own path towards recovery.
Screens Thursday 4/27, 9:30pm, and Saturday 4/29, 9:30pm, BAMCinematek.
GANG OF THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN
Directed by Jean-Claude Flamand-Barny | 2016
Based on a true story, this stylish thriller takes an unflinching look at the challenges of West Indian immigrants in 1970s France. While struggling to find his place in a new country, a young father is thrust into a life of crime after meeting with a gang of idealist crooks. Quickly mired in violence, rivalry, and betrayal, he finds that with a gun in hand, easy money calls to him.
Screens Friday 4/28, 7pm, and Sunday 4/30, 7pm, BAMCinematek.
Directed by Mario Bastos | 2016
This powerful, evocative documentary about the Angolan struggle for independence brings together the stories of frontline fighters, political prisoners, and the resistance movement against colonial government. Constructed from a vast archive of documentary footage from the period, Independência brings to light untold events and figures from an important anti-colonialist fight.
Screens Friday, 4/28, 2pm, BAMCinematek
Directed by Perivi Katjavivi | 2016
With Antonio David Lyons, Senga Brockerhoff, Mathew Ishitile
In this elegiac debut feature, three wandering souls navigate the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia. Marcus, an African-American actor cast as a historical Namibian leader, embarks on a quest to unveil the true history of his character. Anu, a talented local musician, has trouble negotiating influences and identity. Sara, a depressed young woman, questions whether there is anything worth living for at all.
Screens with Jarryd Coetsee’s The Suit, set in 1950s South Africa a husband catches his wife in bed with a lover and devises a cruel punishment.
*Screens with Jarryd Coetzee’s THE SUIT
Set in 1950s South Africa a husband catches his wife in bed with a lover and devises a cruel punishment.
Screens Friday, 4/28, 4:30pm, BAMCinematek.
WHITE COLOUR BLACK
Directed by Alassane Sy | With Dudley O'Shaughnessy,Wale Ojo,Alassane Sy,Damola Adelaja,Yrsa Daley-Ward,Guetan Calvin Elito,Lily Dodsworth-Evans,Jamey May
Leke, a young successful photographer, lives a very hedonistic lifestyle in London. But when his estranged father dies he must return to Senegal and rediscover a culture he has long forgotten.
Screens Friday 4/28, 9:30pm, BAMCinematek.
Directed by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu | 2016
Spotlighting the careers of a seldom acknowledged population of entertainers—black actors in Italian cinema—this documentary explores personal struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors have faced across 100 years of Italian cinematic history. A challenge to the industry worldwide, Blaxploitalian is a call to action for diversity in film and media.
Screens with director A.V. Rockwell’s THE GOSPEL
Four slice-of-life segments depicting Alicia Keys coming of age experience in New York City.
Screens Sunday 4/30, 2pm, BAMCinematek.
IN A PERFECT WORLD
Directed by Daphne McWilliams | 2015
In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Daphne McWilliams explores the dynamics of boys raised by single mothers as her own solo-parented son begins to come of age. Interviewing men from various backgrounds and ages, the film explores these lives to see the men they’ve become in the wake of emotionally turbulent and unsettling periods of their youth.
Screens Sunday 4/24, 2pm, BAMCinematek.