The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
2014, Abby Ginzberg, South Africa/USA, 84 min. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.
Award-winning documentary director Ginzberg chronicles the severe price paid by those who risked their lives in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, through this profile of activist Albie Sachs. An anti-apartheid lawyer, Sachs endured torture and imprisonment with solitary confinement in the course of the struggle for racial justice, even losing an arm and an eye as the result of a car bomb. Working with Nelson Mandela, he helped write South Africa’s new constitution and was named to the nation’s new Constitutional Court. DCP digital. (BS)
Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator
2007–15, USA, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Nov 12th 6:00pm
The interdisciplinary work of Los Angeles–based “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms (BFA 2007) takes shape through websites, essays, bibliographies, and videos to explore the ways individual and social identities are formed. Incisive and sharp, she has addressed Afrofuturism, the life and murder of Trayvon Martin, Johnson Publishing, and the radical potential of black sitcoms. Syms returns to Chicago to present a series of recent videos on memory and self-presentation, including Memory Palace (2014, with Kahlil Joseph), an elegiac homage to LA, A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere (2014), a slippery visual essay-cum-personal-history on the politics of television viewership, and Notes on Gesture (2015), an examination of speech through screen tests of black women. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)