The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Daughters of the Dust
1991, Julie Dash, USA, 112 min. With Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin.
"Distinctive, original…every image, every moment is a full creation…Dash is one of the heroines of the modern cinema." - Richard Brody, New Yorker
A work of breathtaking beauty and haunting cultural resonance, this landmark independent production was the first film by an African American woman to receive theatrical distribution in the U.S. On a summer day in 1902, a large African American family descended from slaves gathers for one last picnic in their Sea Island home on the eve of their move North. The knowledge and mystical traditions of the clan's West African heritage are manifest in the women of the family, from the matriarch Nana to the unborn baby girl in her granddaughter's womb, as the family confronts the conflicts and challenges of a new century. In English and Gullah dialect with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Steffani Jemison: Sensus Plenior
2008-18, Steffani Jemison, USA, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Oct 4th 6:00pm
Steffani Jemison's multimedia projects draw upon Black vernacular culture to produce new modes of expression and models for community. She presents a selection of audio works alongside her latest video, SENSUS PLENIOR (2017). Latin for "fuller meaning," SENSUS PLENIOR (2017) explores language and gesture through the ecstatic choreography of ordained minister Susan Webb and the Master Mime Ministry of Harlem. Jemison explores similar themes in the ongoing music and performance series RECITATIF, which uses Solresol, a utopian 19th-century musical language, to reinterpret Black popular and political music. Through Solresol's unique structure, Jemison forges alternative ways for understanding history, culture, and everyday life. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)