The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2015, Kim Longinotto, UK, 98 min.
"You’ve probably never heard of her, but Brenda Myers-Powell is a star…she’ll have you by the heart within minutes." – Cath Clarke, Time Out London
"There are certain documentaries that thrive on a real-world version of movie-star magnetism…DREAMCATCHER has found itself something of a supernova." – Guy Lodge, Variety
Chicago’s meanest streets breed pitiless profit-making abuse of women and girls, but one courageous woman--volunteer counselor and former sex worker Brenda Myers-Powell--traverses her community, offering a way out of exploitation to prostitutes, young rape victims, and female prisoners. Award-winning filmmaker Longinotto (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE) creates a vibrant portrait of Myers-Powell, a dynamo with charisma to spare, as she relates one-on-one to women at risk, extending hope along with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and non-judgmental real-world solutions. DCP digital. (BS)
ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
(SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE)
2013, Pascal Plisson, France/China, 77 min.
“Beautifully photographed incredible journeys speak inspirational volumes."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
"Epically heroic and timeless."
— Chris Packham, Village Voice
Just getting to school creates harrowing adventure and demands heroic stamina of four children living in Kenya, Morocco, Patagonia, and Bengal. Lush photography in breathtaking locales stands in incongruous contrast to the dangers involved in each child’s daily journey, documented over many miles of treacherous terrain, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, or on foot through high mountain passes in Morocco. Director Plisson eschews moralizing, allowing the children’s unflagging desire for education to speak for itself. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)