Free Screening of the Pirogue

April 26, 2019 6:30pm – 8:00pm

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: 

THE PIROGUE (Free Screening) 

In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea – and the possibility of never reaching their destination – in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe.

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

Reserve your seats at nyadiff.org 

Part of the African Diaspora International Film Festival

APRIL 2019 FILM SERIES: GREAT STORIES ARE TIMELESS

WEEKEND AT A GLANCE
Friday, April 26
6:30pm – FREE Screening La Pirogue

Saturday, April 27
1:00pm – Sia, The Dream of the Python
3:00pm – Women of Cairo – Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story
5:30pm – La Playa DC
7:30pm – Losing Ground

Sunday, April 28
2:00pm – Kirikou and the Sorceress
4:00pm – The Tracker
6:00pm – Emma Mae

Contact: African Diaspora International Film Festival
Email: info@nyadiff.org
Phone: 212 864 1760

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

Reel Impact: The Feeling of Being Watched

May 1, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Amazon Studios

Directed by Assia Boundaoui | 2018

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors believed they were under government surveillance for over a decade. In this stunning documentary, Boundaoui, a journalist and filmmaker, conducts a comprehensive investigation to corroborate their worst fears. The Feeling of Being Watched is an attempt to shine a light on a secret FBI operation to surveil one American community. Unearthing tens of thousands of pages of government documents, Boundaoui connects the dots to one of the largest counter-terrorism investigations conducted in the US before 9/11. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her own community, grappling with the new knowledge of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

Post-screening discussion
with Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, moderated by Darnell Moore

The Center for Constitutional Rights, believes in the transformative power of art and culture. Freedom Flicks, the Center’s long-running film series, harnesses the power of film to educate, activate, and build community. Freedom Flicks engages audiences across disciplines in stories of struggle and courage that shape our world, past and present. The Center’s programming includes screenings of cutting-edge, socially engaged films followed by a short conversation with storytellers, lawyers, and activists.

Run time: 87min
General Admission: $16

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Queen of Diamonds

April 26 – May 2, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Nina Menkes | 1991

With Tinka Menkes, Emmellda J. Beech, Jeff Douglas

One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic reemerges in a gorgeous new restoration. In a neon-soaked dream vision of Las Vegas, a disaffected blackjack dealer (played by the director’s sister Tinka Menkes) drifts through a series of encounters alternately mundane, surreal, and menacing, while death and violence hover ever-present in the margins. Awash in lush, hallucinatory images, Queen of Diamonds is a haunting study of female alienation that “may become for America in the 90s what Jeanne Dielman was for Europe in the 70s—a cult classic using a rigorous visual composition to penetrate the innermost recesses of the soul” (Bérénice Reynaud, Chicago Reader).

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Post-screening Q&A
Apr 26 (7pm screening): Post-screening Q&A with director Nina Menkes
Apr 27 (4pm screening): Post-screening talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Oppression by director Nina Menkes followed by a Q&A

Run time: 77min
Format: DCP
General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Beyond The Canon: Sidewalk Stories + The Kid

April 28, 2019 2:00pm

Sidewalk Stories
Dir. Charles Lane
With Lane, Nicole Alysia, Sandye Wilson
1989, 97min, DCP

Charles Lane’s brilliantly inventive silent homage to Chaplin’s The Kidstars the director as a homeless artist scraping by in New York City. When he winds up caring for an orphaned toddler, the modern-day Little Tramp is whisked along on an alternately comic and heartrending adventure. Shot on the streets of 1980s Greenwich Village, this DIY gem balances charming visual gags with an earnest social realism that doesn’t sugarcoat the struggle of life on the streets.

The Kid
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
With Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance
1921, 53min, DCP

Charlie Chaplin’s debut feature (he also wrote, directed, produced, and composed music for the film) declares itself from the first title card a “picture with a smile—and, perhaps, a tear.” Abandoned by his mother, a young boy winds up in the care Chaplin’s clownish Little Tramp, who fights to protect him amid feats of transcendentally graceful physical comedy and moments of heart-tugging pathos.

Run time: 150min
General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Film: Little Cinema Presents Frida

April 25, 2019 7:00pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Little Cinema invites you to an immersive screening of Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002, 123 min.), which is based on the life of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo and celebrates the ways she lived unapologetically and fashioned a game-changing aesthetic. This special screening includes live musical performances to bring to life Kahlo’s influential look and the film’s award-winning soundtrack.

Tickets are $16 and include Museum general admission. Member tickets are $14.

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Location
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

Rafiki

April 19-25, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu | 2018

With Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati

This Kenyan coming-of-age saga follows the journeys of Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Munyiva), two fearlessly individualistic young women who, despite the fact that their fathers are rival political candidates, form a steadfast bond. When their friendship develops into romance, they must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudices determined to tear them apart. With a remarkable feeling for color, music, and the bustling street life of Nairobi, rising star director Wanuri Kahiu crafts an empowering, sublimely moving love story that defied censors in her home country and went on to become the first Kenyan film to premiere at Cannes.

Post-screening Q&A
4/19 (5:30pm screening)—Post-screening Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu
4/20 (7:30pm screening)—Post-screening Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu

Run time: 83min
Format: DCP
Language: In English and Swahili with English subtitles
General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Traps

April 16, 2019 6:00pm

Directed by Věra Chytilová | 1998

With Zuzana Stivínová, Miroslav Donutil, Tomáš Hanák

Chytilová hits toxic masculinity where it hurts in this audacious blend of rape revenge film and absurdist comedy in which a veterinarian makes use of her surgical skills to get emasculating retribution on the men who assaulted her. A furiously angry takedown of rape culture couched in the guise of an outré slapstick farce, Traps finds the late-career Chytilová as edgy and daringly confrontational as ever.

Run time: 124min
Format: 35mm
Language: In Czech with English subtitles
General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

State Fair

April 19, 2019 10:00am

Directed by Walter Lang | 1945

With Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrew, Dick Haymes

The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein enlivens this charming Technicolor slice of Americana in which hopes, dreams, and romance blossom against the backdrop of the Iowa State Fair. The only musical that the renowned duo penned directly for the screen, State Fair overflows with memorable melodies, including “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” and the Oscar-winning “It Might as Well Be Spring.”

Run time: 100min

This event is for senior citizens 65 and older and is not open to the general public. To reserve movie tickets please contact Community Affairs at 718.636.4122 or CommunityAffairs@BAM.org.

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Wolf’s Hole

April 13, 2019 6:30pm

Directed by Věra Chytilová | 1987

With Miroslav Macháček, Tomáš Palatý, Štěpánka Červenková

Chytilová’s subversive take on the 80s teen horror movie assembles a gaggle of bratty adolescents for a mysterious skiing retreat at a snowbound cabin, where they find themselves plunged into a sadistic science-fiction social experiment. A tour-de-force of visceral filmmaking, Wolf’s Hole is both a gonzo genre joyride and a blistering allegory for the psychic violence wrought by authoritarian oppression.

Run time: 92min
Format: DCP
Language: In Czech with English subtitles
General Admission: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Ofertório

April 12-13, 2019 8:00pm

Caetano, Moreno, Zeca, and Tom Veloso

Brazilian cultural revolutionary Caetano Veloso has been a transformative international force since the 1960s, when he swirled bossa nova, art rock, and psychedelia into the world-shaking phenomenon known as Tropicália—a musical manifesto that wrapped anti-authoritarian political dissidence in a kaleidoscope of sound. In this special two-night engagement, the ever-evolving singer, composer, and activist is joined by his three sons—Moreno, Zeca, and Tom—for a family affair that zigzags across Veloso’s restlessly innovative body of work: from swaying samba rhythms to pop experimentation and lyrics that swerve from the hallucinogenic to the subversive to the sublime.

Run time: 1hr 40min, no intermission
Full price tickets start at $35
Subscription (3 or more shows) Members save 20—30%, General public saves 15—25%

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA