Forty percent unemployment...Wide-spread discrimination... Segregated public spaces...This quiet genocide of the very isolated Aborigines in Australia is long overdue for international mainstream attention.
Inspired by the Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X & Stokely Charmical, aboriginal activists created their own brand of Black Power. Few outside of Australia have any idea that there was once an Australian Black Panther Party, or that Aborigine and White students once organized their very own Freedom Rides through Australia.
In celebration of Black History month, we will be screening two brilliantly made narrative features, which vividly portray painful aspects of Aborigine history, and a recently completed engaging documentary which reveals the current predicament in which the Aborigines find themselves.
*indicates narrative feature
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 7:00 PM
(Rabbit Proof Fence - Dir. Phillip Noyce)
RABBIT PROOF FENCE*
Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002, 94 min. The true story of three aboriginal girls who were forcibly taken from their homes in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1,500 mile journey to get back home -- following the rabbit proof fence that bisects the Australian continent -- with the authorities in hot pursuit.
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW SCREENING
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 5:00 PM
(The Tracker - Dir. Rolf de Heer)
Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002, 98 min. The year is 1922. The Tracker (David Gulpilil) has the job of pursuing a fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen across the outback. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another.
OUR GENERATION Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis, Australia, 2010, 73 min. Our Generation is a powerful and upfront documentary on the Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom -- a story that has been silenced by the Australian Government and mainstream media. In this film, national indigenous leaders, historians and human rights activists explore the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe out the oldest continuing culture in the world.
SCHOMBURG CENTER BLACK HISTORY MONTH CO-PRESENTATION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th)
New York, New York 10037
(Broken Stones - Dir. Guetty Felin)
BROKEN STONES* Guetty Felin, Haiti/France/US, 2012, 61 min. The oldest neighborhood of the city of Por t-au-Prince, Haiti, Quar tier Cathédrale (Catheral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air,the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds...
Panel discussion with the filmmaker and guest panelists will follow the screening.
CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON'S THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street (Between Vandam St. and Charlton St.)
New York, NY 10014
Celebrate this seminal work from the American literary canon with live theater, conversations and more this season from The Greene Space.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 7:00 PM
I, TOO, SING AMERICA: LANGSTON AND ZORA'S UNSUNG COLLABORATION
I, Too, Sing America: Langston And Zora's Unsung Collaboration Host Terrance McKnight explores the music of the era through the lens of Langston Hughes and his close and controversial relationship with Zora Neale Hurston.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29th & THURSDAY, MARCH 1st
at 7:00 PM
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD: A RADIO DRAMA
Starring Brandon Dirdon, Phylicia Rashad, Roslyn Ruff, Leslie Uggams and others. Radio drama adapted by Arthur Yorinks.
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th at 6:00 PM
A LITERARY SALON
Mix and mingle and enjoy readings from Their Eyes Were Watching God by poet and actor Carl Hancock Rux.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th at 7:00 PM
WOMEN WRITERS ON THE HORIZON
A conversation with Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee, moderated by Zora Neale Hurston's niece, Lucy Anne Hurston.
Please save the date. The 19th New York African Film Festival will commence in April 2012, with a dynamic presentations of films and live performances. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5th
WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th – TUESDAY, APRIL 17th
Walter Reade Theater @ Lincoln Center
THURSDAY, APRIL 19th
Institute of African Studies @ Columbia University
FRIDAY, MAY 4th & SATURDAY, MAY 5th
Maysles Cinema Institute
FRIDAY, MAY 25th – MONDAY, MAY 28th
BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas
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