The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
1948, Leo Hurwitz, USA, 64 min.
- Fri, May 20th 6:15pm
- Sun, May 22nd 3:00pm
- Mon, May 23rd 6:00pm
"One of the ten best documentaries of all time." – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"The essential documentary of our moment ... every citizen has a chance, say rather a duty, to see a film whose force is undiminished today.” – David Bordwell
"An exploding flower of visual and formal beauty ... dares question the supposed utopia that followed World War II." – Ray Pride, Newcity
Suppressed, nearly forgotten, and recently restored to critical acclaim, this politically charged documentary emerged just as the dark night of McCarthyism was closing in. Veteran leftist filmmaker and future blacklistee Hurwitz (NATIVE LAND) sees the triumphant surface of postwar America undermined by fear and inequality, and the racist attitudes of the vanquished strangely resurgent in the land of the victors. A firm believer in the need to convey political content artfully, Hurwitz uses dynamic editing, punchy prose, and recurring audiovisual refrains to create a still potent and relevant work of activist cinema. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)
2015, Jonas Carpignano, Italy, 107 min. With Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy.
"This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices it toughness...impressive for the degree to which it lends its characters complex human dimensions." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Tender, devastating...No other film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival hits such a profoundly topical note." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
In his first feature, Italian/African-American filmmaker Carpignano provides a timely and immersive tale of the current immigrant crisis that merges the real-life experiences of charismatic lead actor Seihon and the 2010 immigrant riots that took place in Rosarno in Southern Italy. Pragmatic Ayiva (Seihon) and his volatile friend Abas (Sy) make their way from Burkina Faso to Italy in a harrowing odyssey. Arriving in the promised land, they find that the troubles have just begun — they have three months to find a steady job in a strange and hostile world where they are at the mercy of exploitative bosses and teenage thugs. Carpignano counterpoints the hardships with passages of camaraderie, humor, and tenderness, until frustration and rage produce a climax that extends the story’s relevance far beyond the shores of Italy. In Italian, French, and Arabic with English subtitles. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital. (MR)