Constructing Identity: Black Cinema Then And Now

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Constructing Identity: Black Cinema Then and Now is a collaborative, retrospective series of films that explore the paradigm of resistance against the dominant culture and define the African-American narrative through the artistry of Black filmmakers. Mirroring the development and flowering of 20th and 21st century Black and African-American art practice, the history of this cinema is a testament to the visionaries, rebels and pioneers that were willing and able to tell it like it is. Featuring key works by critical figures like Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Kathleen Collins, and Spencer Williams—among many other notable filmmakers—this series seeks to upend the idea that historically (most pointedly within the Hollywood studio system), Black bodies have been relegated to be either background figures or racist caricatures. Here, African-American identity is foregrounded through the representation of lived experience; in addition, the films included embody and explore the Black gaze through sole focus on work made by Black filmmakers.

The full series runs April 1-June 11, 2017.

Presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s Constructing Identity exhibition, and programmed by André Middleton, Mia Ferm, and Morgen Ruff.

Free admission for current Silver Screen Club members at the Supporter level and above. Free admission for current Portland Art Museum members on a first-come, first-served basis (no RSVPs).

Programs April-June 2017 will be announced on a rolling basis, please check back at our website or on the Film Center’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for updates.


April screenings:

April 1, 4:30pm
April 2, 4:30pm
BAMBOOZLED (Spike Lee, 2000)

April 8, 4:30pm
April 9, 4:30pm
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (Julie Dash, 1991)

April 15, 7pm
April 16, 4:30pm
TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (Charles Burnett, 1990)

April 22, 4:30pm
April 23, 4:30pm
LOSING GROUND (Kathleen Collins, 1982)
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By: Northwest Film Center

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