The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson
1970-83, Mike Henderson, USA, ca. 75 min.
- Thu, Mar 31st 6:00pm
Best known as a painter and blues guitarist, San Francisco–based artist Mike Henderson produced a remarkable body of experimental and performance-driven films starting in the mid 1960s through the 1980s. Politically charged and often wickedly funny, Henderson’s productions range from improvisational compositions and absurd musings to powerful “talking blues films” about blackness and black experience. Henderson presents a program from across his two decades with the medium, including the hilarious and conceptually pointed DUFUS (1970/1973) and powerful DOWN HEAR (1972), which tells the history of slave shipping through a charged performance by Henderson and his brother Raymond. 16mm restored prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. (Amy Beste)
My Friend Victoria
Mon amie Victoria
2014, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France, 95 min. With Guslagie Malanga, Nadia Moussa.
"Poignant and so beautiful … mixes poetic grace with detachment." – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
"Remarkable … a subtle and well-observed critique on class, identity and race in Paris.” – Wendy Okoi-Obuli, Indiewire
As adapted by director Civeyrac (THROUGH THE TREES, YOUNG GIRLS IN BLACK), the Doris Lessing story “Victoria and the Staveneys” is relocated from London to Paris. The life of Victoria (Malanga), a young African French woman, is permanently altered by a brief childhood encounter with the affluent white family that once hosted her overnight in an emergency. The fairytale dreams of the dazzled working-class orphan become the obsession of the beautiful but adrift adult Victoria, whose limited ambitions are seemingly fulfilled by secretly bearing a child who will bond her to the family forever. The hazy dream becomes a deal with the devil when presumed equality proves to be the most delusional fantasy of all. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)