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More Mysterious Than Our Desire: Black Film Multitudes
In conjunction with her exhibition Mutualities, Cauleen Smith screens her experimental short film Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (1992) alongside a group of shorts by other Black filmmakers. Selected by Smith and film scholar Michael B. Gillespie, the program is organized around blackness as a critical and aesthetic practice. The title comes from a line by James Baldwin in The Devil Finds Work, “[T]he church and the theater are carried within us and it is we who create them, out of our need and out of an impulse more mysterious than our desire.”

Smith and Gillespie will introduce the screening with a discussion of the selected films and the idea of Black film as an avant-garde and radical tradition. The screening will begin at 6:30 pm.

Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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