longing for a dream: black surrealism and terrors

August 18 only

semaj’s staff pick presents a trio of rare and unforgettable shorts 

This special program, curated by Roxie staff member semaj, focuses on the dream-like and the oppressively eerie within black life through several hard-to-find cinematic shorts.

Cycles, by Zeinabu Irene Davis

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 (Orishas in the Yoruba tradition), receiving much needed inspiration and assurance in a dream. The film combines beautifully intimate still and moving images of the woman’s body and home with playful stop-motion sequences.

1989. 17 min. Source: Women Make Movies

America, by Garrett Bradley

A cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans, challenging the idea of black cinema as a “wave” or “movement in time,” proposing instead a continuous thread of achievement.

2019. 30 min. Source: Aubin Pictures

 Child of Resistance, by Haile Gerima

Inspired by a dream director Haile Gerima had after seeing Angela Davis handcuffed on television, Child of Resistance follows a woman (Barbara O. Jones) who has been imprisoned as a result of her fight for social justice. In a film that challenges linear norms of time and space, Gerima explores the woman’s dreams for liberation and fears for her people through a series of abstractly rendered fantasies.


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