A Day of Black Documentaries
The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADwest) Presents A Day of Black Docs featuring "Faces of Change," "Confederate States of America," "Promised Land," and "Poetic License."
Saturday, January 28, 2006
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
American Film Institute's Mark Goodson Bldg.
2021 N. Western Ave.
just north of Franklin
Los Angeles, CA
The best way to get your story told right is to tell it yourself -- upholding that premise, a group of Black filmmakers (BADwest members) will present this day of critically acclaimed documentaries telling a variety of stories from throughout the African Diaspora.
Haitian filmmaker Michele Stephenson's compelling "Faces of Change" weaves the lives of five political activists from New Orleans, Mauritania, India, Brazil, and Bulgaria as they share their personal stories of racism. Kevin Willmott's provocative "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America" drew much attention at its Sundance Film Festival premiere as a mock documentary of what might have happened to America if the South had won the Civil War. "Promised Land," by Yoruba Richen, examines post-apartheid reconciliation in South Africa. And the implications of state-sponsored art come into focus in Mario Van Peebles' "Poetic License" which tells the story of New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka and the calls for his resignation after a performance of his controversial poem "Somebody Blew Up America," about 9/11.
- 11:00 -- Welcome / intro to CSA: Confederate States of America by Kevin Willmott
- 11:05 -- CSA: Confederate States of America (80 min)
- 12:25 -- Intro to Promised Land (introduce filmmaker Yoruba Richen)
- 12:30 -- Promised Land (18 min)
- 12:50 -- Filmmaker's Discussion with Yoruba Richen, moderated by St. Clair Bourne
- 1:10 -- Lunch Break
- 1:45 -- Intro to Poetic License by Mario Van Peebles
- 1:50 -- Poetic License (25 min)
- 2:15 -- Intro Faces of Change by Michele Stephenson
- 2:20 -- Faces of Change (80 min)
- 3:45 -- Final commentary / discussion
- 4:00 -- Closing
Advocating for the professional advancement and recognition of Black documentary filmmakers, BADWest was formed two years to provide people of African descent, working in documentary film, video or other media, opportunities to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. For more info, call 213-534-6635 or call Rae Jones of Raediant Communications at 323-294-5280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $12 (cash only); $12 admission to the event will include a Q & A/panel discussion with the filmmakers, and a presentation of documentary clips by BAD West members
For more information please contact
BADwest at 213-534-6635 or Rae Jones (Raediant Communications) at 323-294-5280
Sponsor(s): BADwest. Information on non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.