A Different Image and Short Films
Sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Program total running time: 112 mins
Dir. Alile Sharon Larkin. 1982, 51 mins. 16mm. With Adisa Anderson. A woman yearns to be recognized for more than her physical attributes. In cultivating the friendship of a male office mate, she aspires to a relationship with someone who can “see her as she is,” rather than see only what he wants to see.
Dir. Zeinabu irene Davis. 1989, 17 mins. Digital projection. With Stephanie Ingram. As a woman anxiously awaits her overdue period, she performs African-based rituals of purification. She cleans house and body, and calls on the spirits; the film combines beautifully intimate still and moving images of the woman’s body and home space with playful stop-motion sequences.
Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification
Dir. Barbara McCullough. 1979, 6 mins. 35mm. Made in collaboration with performer Yolanda Vidato. A pioneering work in Black feminist and experimental filmmaking, Water Ritual #1 was made in an area of Watts that had been cleared to make way for the I-105 freeway. Structured as a ritual for McCullough’s “participant-viewers,” Water Ritual #1 honors Black/Third World women’s beauty and self-possession.
Dir. Monona Wali. 1981, 38 mins. 16mm. From Black Panthers to young urban professionals, several members of a blighted neighborhood debate the causes and experience the stresses of cyclical poverty, as a bank commissions a film about its own supposedly good work in the community.
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