The tenth screening of the ongoing L.A. Rebellion touring
film series currently in Chicago, which continues to be a huge success, takes
place this Thursday, May 30, with the fourth and final short films program, which will
include several long unseen major works.
This Thursday (to be hosted by yours truly), the program of
five short films will deal with “a variety of creative practices – drawing,
photography, dancing, mask-making and TV production – illustrating how Black
artistic expression (particularly by Black women) can provide joy, comfort and
historical connection, while running the risk of being misinterpreted and misused.“
The five films that will be screened are: A Different Image (Alile Sharon Larkin, 1982), Cycles (Zeinabu
irene Davis, 1989 – pictured above), Grey Area (Monona Wali, 1981), Bellydancing:
A History & An Art (Alicia Dhanifu, 1979) and Festival of Mask (Don Amis,
While all the films are of great importance, Monona Wali’s
Grey Area is, in particular, interesting, since, like other films such as Haile Gerima’s Child of Resistance and Bush Mama, Bernard Nicolas’ Daydream Therapy and other films from the L.A. Rebellion movement, it deals with the political
awakening of a black woman after the racism and repressive conditions she faces on a daily
However, Wali’s approach in her film is quite different than other
filmmakers dealing with the same message, instead going for an intentionally frantic
and intense style, which seemingly
comes at you from different directions. It’s at once both compelling and challenging.
And Ms. Wali will be in attendance for the screening of
her short film for a Q and A with yours truly.
And considering the packed house last week for the showing
of Billy Woodberry’s Bless Their Little Hearts, this Thursday’s screening is sure to be
The screening will start at 7PM and will take place at the Logan
Center of the Arts Screening Room 201, located on the University of Chicago campus, at 915 E. 60th St.
Attendance, as always, is FREE but you must RSVP right
HERE for Thursday’s show.