February 23, 2020 6:00pm
“This series of short films represent a call-and-response style interrogation of the many themes taken up by Toni Morrison and her unparalleled body of work. Moreover, in thinking about what scholar Daphne Brooks has called “Professor Morrison’s generation of sisters who loved music and found their way into the listening booths of the record shop,” the evening’s program opens and concludes with screenings of short performances by Nina Simone and Jessye Norman, two women for whom Morrison cared for and loved deeply.” —Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne
Intro and post-screening discussion with Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne
Dir. Nuotama Bodomo
Shot in gloriously grainy Super 16mm, this poetic and thought-provoking portrait of the African immigrant experience in Louisiana stars Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.
Fucked Like A Star
Dir. Stefani Santoinge
2018, 8min, DCP
A poetic meditation on women’s work and the dreamlife of ants set to the words of Toni Morrison.
Dir. Maureen Blackwood
Two actresses, one light-skinned, one dark-skinned, in a series of freewheeling, sometimes musical sketches exploring Black beauty standards.
A Dream Is What You Wake Up From
Dir. Carolyn Johnson & Larry Bullard
The everyday lives of three Black American families with different approaches to their struggle for survival are represented through a mix of fiction and documentary scenes, a docudrama style inspired by the work of Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez.
General Admission: $16
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA