08.02.2005

August at Brecht Forum — Black August Film Festival

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Date/Time: 02/08/2005 12:00 am


The Brecht Forum
451 West St. (West Side Hwy betw Bank & Bethune 1-1/2 blocks north of W.
11th)
NY, NY 10014
1,9,2,3 A,C to 14th st.
(212) 242- 4201
www.brechtforum.org
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In this email:
August 2 All Power to the People! The Black Panther Party and Beyond
August 3 Quiet Storm
August 6 A Panther in Africa (Discussion with Kathleen Cleaver)
August 11 Machetero
August 14 The Black and the Green (Discussion with Filmmaker St.
Clair Bourne)
August 16 The Spook Who Sat By The Door
August 17 Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
August 18 Fidel
August 21 Ashes and Embers (Discussion with Filmmaker Haile Germia)
August 23 Shorts: Red Eye, Isolated Incidents & The Adventures of
Super Nigger: Episode I, The Final Chapter
August 24 As An Act of Protest
August 30 Two Documentaries on Cuba: Eyes of the Rainbow & Mission
Against Terror
August 31 Sorry Ain’t Enough
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Tuesday, August 2
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
All Power to the People!
The Black Panther Party and Beyond
Discussion to Follow Screening
A Powerful, moving and comprehensive documentary on the resistance of
Black Panther Party members against the relentless attack upon it thru
COINTEPRO FBI-led terror tactics. Opening with a montage of four hundred
years of race injustice in America, this powerful documentary provides
the historical context for the establishment of the 60s civil rights
movement. Rare clips of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and
other activists transport one back to those turbulent times.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Wednesday, August 3
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Quiet Storm
Discussion to Follow Screening
A full-length action thriller, Quiet Storm is a controversial drama
centered around four men of African descent determined to set
imperialism’s plunder of Africa straight through acts of “terror”…or
Guerrilla tactics. You decide…. The film was nominated for a Screen
Nation Film Award in the category of Independent Production/Film in
England in September of 2004.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Saturday, August 6
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
A Panther in Africa
Discussion with Kathleen Cleaver
On October 30, 1969, Pete O’Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas
City, Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines.
One year later, O’Neal fled the charge, and for over 30 years, he has
lived in Tanzania, one of the last American exiles from an era when
activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. Today,
this community organizer confronts very different challenges and finds
himself living between two worlds – America and Africa, his radical past
and his uncertain future.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Thursday, August 11
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Machetero
Discussion with Filmmaker Vagabond
A brand new revolutionary drama from a young Nuyorican. How do 21st
Century Urban Guerrillas come into being?
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Sunday, August 14
4:00 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
The Black and the Green
Discussion with Filmmaker St. Clair Bourne
The Black and the Green is a film about human rights, social change,
the role of religion, specifically in the Irish conflict — from the
unique perspective of African-American observers. Set in 1986, the film
describes a journey of discovery by five African-Americans as they
travel to Northern Ireland. Arriving at Dublin and traveling to Belfast,
the group attempts to find the truth behind the headlines and seek out
common elements in that situation and the Black movement in the U.S..
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Tuesday, August 16
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
The Spook Who Sat By The Door
Discussion to Follow Screening
Adapted from Sam Greenlee‚s novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is a
cult classic that was named one of the most influential black films of
the 70s. Lead actor Larry Cook plays Dan Freeman, the first CIA-recruit
since the start of the agency. After an intense training and a
mind-strong career of five years, Freeman returns to the ghetto where he
grew up to plot a new American Revolution.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Wednesday, August 17
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
Discussion to Follow Screening
This multi-award-winning film documents the dramatic life and
turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist,
suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period.
Ida B. Wells (1863-1931) was considered the equal of such well-known
contemporary African American leaders as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B.
DuBois. Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison reads selections from
Wells‚ memoirs and other writings.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Thursday, August 18
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Fidel
Discussion to Follow Screening
Fidel Castro up close, personal and brilliant as ever–a unique
opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro
himself. Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss the
personality of the man. Former and current US government figures
including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman
Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical
perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba.
Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the personal life of Fidel.
We see him swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and
school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting
Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena
Vista Social Club.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Sunday, August 21
4:00 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Ashes and Embers
Discussion with Filmmaker Haile Germia
This award-winning film is the story of a Vietnam veteran who, nearly a
decade later, begins to come to terms with his role in the war and his
role as a black person in America. His transformation from an embittered
ex-soldier to a strong and confident man is provoked and encouraged by
the love and chastisement of his grandmother and friends.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Tuesday, August 23
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Selected Shorts:
Red Eye, Isolated Incidents & The Adventures of Super Nigger: Episode I,
The Final Chapter
Discussion to Follow Screening
This evening we will present a selection of strong and creative short
films–some drama, some comedy, some documentary–by young black
filmmakers. Films include:
Red Eye directed by Kevin Gordon. What goes through a person’s mind in
the blink of an eye? Could you let an assumption made in a split second
influence your judgment? Red Eye deals with several different issues in
our culture, including prejudice, xenophobia, in a silent manner, yet is
powerful enough to be felt with or without volume.
Isolated Incidents, directed by retired comedian Kahil Shkymba,
expresses the sentiment of the countless people across the country who
are affected by police abuse of power.
The Adventures of Super Nigger is directed by Alrick Brown. The title of
this film often catches people off guard, but it should be understood
that “Super N” is an allegory about the shooting death of Amadou Diallo
and the title fits into the larger context of the film and the life of
the filmmaker.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Wednesday, August 24
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
As An Act of Protest
Discussion to Follow Screening
This intense and visceral feature film is a clear ‘line in the sand’
which demands the eradication of racism. The story follows Cairo Medina,
a young black actor and his journey to escape the psychological torture
of colonization by searching for ways to counter the effects of racism
and police brutality before they destroy him.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Tuesday, August 30
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Cuba Alert: Two Documentaries:
Eyes of the Rainbow & Mission Against Terror
Discussion to Follow Screening
Eyes of the Rainbow (Dir: Gloria Rolando/47 min/color/1997) documents
the case of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army
leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba,
where she has lived for more than 15 years. In it we visit with Assata
in Havana and she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. On
May 2nd, 2005 the FBI and the New Jersey State Troopers publicly
announced a $1 million bounty for the capture of Assata Shakur. For
information on the Hands Off Assata Campaign, go to
http://www.afrocubaweb.com/hoa. or contact: hoa@afrocubaweb.com.
Mission Against Terror (Dirs: Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo/48
min./2004) tells the story of the five Cubans who are currently
imprisoned in U.S. jails because they were working to expose ultra-right
terrorist groups in Miami and stop them from carrying out violent
actions against the people of Cuba.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
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Wednesday, August 31
7:30 pm
VISUAL LIBERATION FILM SERIES
Black August Festival
Sorry Ain’t Enough
Discussion to Follow Screening
In this independent film by Mental Food Productions, three lawyers are
thrust into the forefront of a legal precedent-setting case– the case
in favor of slavery reparations. Against all odds, and what many of
their colleagues see as sound judgment, this legal team takes apart the
legacy of enslavement and its social ramifications. With several twists
and turns, even a little dissension within their ranks, they come up
with a case that is sure to inspire conversation and invoke thought.
Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15

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