The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
The Passion of Remembrance
1986, Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, United Kingdom, 80 min
- Thu, Mar 9th 6:00pm
The Sankofa Film and Video Collective was part of a wave of politically-minded Black independent filmmakers who emerged in London in the 1980s, during an era of increasing social conservatism and racial unrest. The group’s acclaimed first feature, codirected by members Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, is a prismatic look at gender, race, sexuality, and generational conflict. Interwoven with footage of England’s inner-city riots of the early 1980s, the film is comprised of two main storylines: one features a dialogue between an allegorical Black Man and Black Woman, and the other follows the everyday experiences of the Baptiste family from the 1950s through the 1980s. A rich and complex work whose reflections reverberate today. 16mm. (Amy Beste)
2016, Jeff Nichols, UK/USA, 123 min. With Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton.
“Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional.” — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“Fine, quiet, carefully modulated…Negga’s brilliant at drawing out the sweet dignity in every little detail of this woman’s story.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
An Oscar front-runner from the moment it debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this drama recounting a pivotal civil rights case is the story of Richard Loving (Edgerton) and Mildred Jeter (Negga), the interracial Virginia couple who married in 1958, and, after a nine-year struggle, brought their legal battle against the state’s anti-miscegenation laws all the way to the Supreme Court. Basing much of the dialogue and legal particulars on documented fact, director Nichols (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MUD) relies on powerfully slow-burning performances by Negga and Edgerton to create a narrative of courage through endurance, as the history-making pair brave threats, jail time, and banishment from their state to affirm their right to marry. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)