Next month, BAMcinématek will present “One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991.”  This fall’s acclaimed re-release of Julie Dash’s masterpiece Daughters of the Dust (1991) prompted a belated acknowledgement of how the industry failed to recognize a demand for more diverse points of view. Marginalized by institutional racism and sexism, black women filmmakers have struggled to gain a foothold in the film industry, and this film series will bring together the women who helped pave the way for that landmark film.

Dash’s Daughters of the Dust will open the event on February 3. Other films to screen include Dash’s shorts Standing at the Scratch Line, Four Women, Illusions, and Praise House, Camille Billops’ fearlessly personal work Suzanne, Suzanne (1982), Finding Christa (1991), an autobiographical record of the filmmaker’s reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption, and Take Your Bags (1998), an examination of slavery and cultural theft.  Elena Featherstone’s Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker, Ruby Dee’s Zora is My Name (1989), and Euzhan Palcy’s Sugar Cane Alley will also be screened during the exhibition.

Neema Barnette’s (Queen Sugar), Sky Captain (1985), will also be screened on February 15.

Sara Gomez’s narrative-documentary hybrid, One Way or Another (De Cierta Manera, 1974), will close out the exhibit on February 18.

The exhibition is co-programmed by BAMcinématek’s Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School.

For the entire schedule, please view the list below and click HERE for more details and descriptions for each film.

“One Way or Another” (De Cierta Manera) Schedule

Fri, Feb 3 

2, 7pm: Daughters of the Dust

4:30pm: Losing Ground

Sat, Feb 4 

4:30, 9:30pm: Daughters of the Dust

2pm: Losing Ground

7pm: I Be Done Been Was Is

Sun, Feb 5 

4:30, 9:30pm: Daughters of the Dust

2pm: Losing Ground

7pm: Julie Dash shorts

Mon, Feb 6 

7pm: Camille Billops program

9:30pm: Julie Dash shorts

Tue, Feb 7 

7pm: Performers and Artists

9pm: Zora is My Name

Wed, Feb 8 

8:30pm: Twice as Nice + A Minor Altercation

7pm: Visions of the Spirit A Portrait of Alice Walker

Thu, Feb 9 

7pm: Perfect Image? + A Different Image

9:15pm: I Be Done Been Was Is

Mon, Feb 13 

7pm: Grey Area, Killing Time + Fannie’s Film

8:45pm: Othello

Wed, Feb 15 

7pm: Sky Captain + Your Children Come Back to You

9:30pm: Camille Billops Program

Thu, Feb 16 

7pm: I Am Somebody + The Maids

9pm: Cycles + On Becoming a Woman

Sat, Feb 18 

4:30pm: One Way or Another

2pm: A Dream is What You Wake Up From + A Sense of Pride: Hamilton Heights + Black Faces

Sun, Feb 19 

4:30pm: Animation Program

Mon, Feb 20 

7pm: Namibia: Independence Now!

Tue, Feb 21

7pm: The Cruz Brother and Miss Malloy

Thu, Feb 23

7pm: Sugar Cane Alley



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