BAMcinématek presents “Creatively Speaking” September 24 to 26. Creatively Speaking offers films that speak to the wide-ranging experiences of people of color across the Diaspora.
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Curator, Michelle Materre, states, “This year, we are particularly delighted to include a special presentation of Raoul Peck’s latest film, Moloch Tropical (2009) which received rave critical reviews in the film festival circuit throughout the world. This bold new work transplants Aleksandr Solkurov’s Moloch to Haiti, creating an unforgettable portrait of a dictator, his environs, strategies of power and control, as well as, a provocative look at individual and collective psychological pathos. I remain in awe of Peck’s body of work and with Lumumba believed that he had reached a definitive pinnacle. With Moloch, Peck proves his mastery of story-telling and inimitable ability to portray complex characters and archetypes.” Co-curator, Neyda Martínez notes, “It is always a delight to collaborate with BAM. They share our commitment to expand the boundaries and experiences of our world through the presentation of classic, new and innovative work by dedicated filmmakers to audiences in Brooklyn and beyond.”
Creatively Speaking opens with an encore presentation of Life Lessons, a program of short films on Friday, September 24 at 2pm, exploring the difficult process of growing up is explored in this shorts program that chronicles the hard-won lessons learned by children and young adults of color inside and outside of the classroom. Featuring A Departure From a Love (2009, 8min), Directed by Ishmael Islam; Sticks and Stones (2006, 9min) Directed by Rehema Imani Trimiew; The Lesson Plan (2009, 30min) Directed by Eddy Duran; and Premature (2008, 14min) Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2527; and continues at 4:30 pm with Ties That Bind a shorts program with films that provide an eye-opening look at the immigrant experience in America. Exiled in America (2009, 10min) Directed by Angela Torres Camarena; A Thousand Words (2003, 8min) Directed by Melba Williams; Shades of Gray (2009, 21min) Directed by Sharon Hill; and The Sixth Section (2003, 30min) Directed by Alex Rivera. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2528.
Friday’s program continues with Moloch Tropical at 6:50pm Directed by Raoul Peck With Nicole Dogue, Oris Erhuero, Tasha Homan (2009) 105min. Filmed in Haiti just prior to the devastating earthquake, the films takes viewers to a fortress perched on the top of a distant mountain. A democratically elected President and his closest collaborators prepare for a state celebration; meanwhile his country’s citizens express their dissent as the city is engulfed in flames and the streets erupt in turmoil. As the day goes on, the rebellion and mayhem worsens. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2529 The day concludes with Speculative Fiction on Film at 9:15pm a 63 minute program with a selection of science-fiction shorts which includes tales of a future without plants, a young woman obsessed with alien abductions, and a satirical take on the xenophobic undertones of Hollywood blockbusters. Pumzi (2010, 20min) Directed by Wanuri Kahiu; Dark Matters (2010, 7min) Directed by Monique Walton; followed by a mini-retrospective of the work of Alex Rivera with Why Cybraceros? (1997, 5 mins), Dia De La Independencia (1997, 3 mins) and Papapapá (1995, 28min). http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2530
On Saturday, September 25th and Sunday September 26 at 2 pm Endangered Species? The Disappearance of the Black Male sheds light on the state of black manhood in America with films that explore the tragic deaths of Sean Bell and James Byrd, Mario Van Pebbles’ Bring Your A Game challenges youth to aspire to excellence with commentary from male icons Richard “Dick” Parsons, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Dr. Cornel West, Ice Cube, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kevin Liles, Lou Gossett Jr., Lupe Fiasco, Hill Harper, Damon Dash, Kevin Powell, Melvin Van Peebles, Geoffrey Canada, Bruce Gordon, and former NBA star Alan Houston, and others; and When It Rains (2009, 21min) Directed by Amir Adelar Minder who portrays a young man, disillusioned by his underground lifestyle, who becomes even more so after his live-in girlfriend takes her own life. He embarks on a final journey through his Bronx neighborhood, and only his younger half-brother notices something is going on. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2531
Saturday’s program continues with a showing of Madeleine Sackler’s acclaimed documentary, The Lottery at 4:30 pm. The film uncovers the vicious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the problems with education reform but also potential solutions. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2532 The day continues with Cuttin’ da Mustard at 6:50 pm. Based on the real life story of actor/director Reed R. McCants, this film chronicles the lives of young, aspiring actors in a theater company in New York City. Spirits sour and soar in the face of obstacles like puppy love and its heartbreak, illiteracy, and low-self esteem. Cuttin’ da Mustard features an impressive all-star cast including Brandon T. Jackson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, award winning actor Charles S. Dutton, and comedian Sinbad. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2533 Katrina: The Untold Stories concludes Saturday’s program at 9:15 pm with an exhibition of shorts uncovering the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina followed by the classic documentary Didn’t We Ramble On? The program opens with the stories of homeless homeowners in Washed Away: Four Years Later (2009, 30min) Directed by Paul Gennaro; and, a teacher’s quest to find and relocate her students is explored in Unnatural Disasters (2006, 30min) Directed by Diana Boylston. Link: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2534
Creatively Speaking concludes on Sunday, September 26 with an encore presentation of Endangered Species? The Disappearance of the Black Male at 2pm (Link: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2531) followed by There’s No Place Like Home at 4:30 with Promised Land (2009, 57min) Directed by Yoruba Richen; Sun Come Up (2009, 8 mins) Directed by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger; and Shades of the Border (2009, 10min) Directed by Patrick William Smith. Films explore the issue of land ownership in post-apartheid South Africa, the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, and the role of race in the Haitian-Dominican conflict. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2535
Also on Sunday, September 26 at 6:50 pm acclaimed filmmakers Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel’s Pushing the Elephant (2010), a film about love and forgiveness sheds light on the story of Rose Mapendo who lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerges from the suffering as an advocate of peace and reconciliation. After helping numerous survivors rebuild their lives, there is one person Rose must still teach to forgive—her daughter Nangabire. This film will be preceded by Eve Sandler’s film The Wash a 9 minute short from (1999)– an autobiographical video narrative with a painterly quality that examines the artist’s own body and memory for scars of childhood sexual abuse. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2536 Wrapping up Creatively Speaking on Sunday at 9:15 pm is a retrospective program celebrating the vision of renegade filmmaking production company, The Black Op with a selection of films directed by K’aramuu Kush: Love Aquarium (2004, 35min); Dear Me (2007, 17 min); and, Salvation Road (2010, 18min). http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2537
Tickets: BAM.org/718.777.FILM (order by name of the movie)
The Wall Street Journal is the presenting sponsor of BAMcinématek and BAM Rose Cinemas.
Filmmakers and curators are available for interviews and comments by contacting Gabriele Caroti, Publicity Manager, BAMcinématek, 718.636.4125 x 3, firstname.lastname@example.org or, Neyda Martinez at email@example.com; cell: 917 656 7846.