Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series - Program 3

Programmed by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum, Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series takes up questions about the Progress of the Race, with an emphasis on the role of place in the ongoing quest for Black freedom. The films consider the histories of Black places, and the place of Black histories, in the necessary imaginative work toward building better Black futures. All screenings take place in Jackman Hall at 7pm.

With introduction by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart

Medea Ben Caldwell, 1973; 7m

Riffing off Amiri Barakas poem Part of the Doctrine, this collage film presents rapid-fire montages of Africans and Black Diasporic figures, the historical inheritance of an unborn Black child.

Brick by Brick Shirikiana Aina, 1982, 33 min

A prescient portrait of late-1970s Washington, D.C., that chronicles the city's creeping gentrification, the systematic expulsion of poor Black residents, and the community response in the form of the Seaton Street Project, in which tenants banded together to purchase buildings.

Grey Area Monona Wali, 1981, 38 min

The dilapidated former house/headquarters of South Central LA's Black Panthers is at the center of a clash between radical ideals of the past, and 1980s Buppie efforts to use white-owned platforms banks, media to uplift the community.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum


Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series - Program 3

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