A Weekend Of African Music And African American Film Restorations

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Join the Speed Cinema for a weekend of African and African American films.

"They Will Have to Kill Us First"
Friday, April 1, 7pm
When Islamic hardliners took control on Northern Mali in 2012, they banned all forms of music—the heart of Malian culture. Overnight, Mali’s celebrated musicians were forced into hiding or exile. Refusing to back down, these artists used music as weapon against the oppression they faced.

"Killer of Sheep"
Saturday, April 2, 3pm
Set in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood in the mid-1970s, Stan, a sensitive dreamer has become numb through the drudgery of his work in a slaughterhouse. Despite the financial hardships he’s facing, he finds moments of sublime beauty—the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter—showing that joy is possible even during our bleakest times.

"Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai)"
Saturday, April 2, 7pm
In this loose remake of Prince’s Purple Rain, by the way of The Harder They Come, director and self-proclaimed “guerilla ethnomusicologist” Christopher Kirkley engages West African music in his striking film debut that is the first ever Tuareg-language film.

"Losing Ground"
Sunday, April 3, 3pm
One of the first fictional feature films by an African American woman, this restoration and release of this light comedy is set among the black intelligentsia in New York in the early 1980s. The liberal relationship of a university professor and her artist husband is put the to the test when they rent a country house for a month and her husband’s gorgeous model arrives.

Tickets: $7 for Members/$9 for Non-Members
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