The Schomburg Center and the division for Moving Image and Recorded Sound have a rich history of collecting and preserving cinema of, or featuring black talent from across the African diaspora. REWIND 2018 will spotlight the black imagination that fashions a future from Emancipation to Afro-futurism. The series features a selection of films that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established filmmakers. REWIND 2018 is co-curated with the Schomburg Center’s Public Programs department and the Moving Image and Recorded Sound division, also featuring films presented by Urbanworld and African Film Festival. #SchomburgFilmSeries
MONDAY, APRIL 16
6:30 PM | Daughters of the Dust (1h 53m) Director: Julie Dash
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.
>>Pre-screening Talk with award winning filmmaker Shola Lynch,Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17
3:00 PM | UNREST (1h 38m) Director: Jennifer Brea
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Jennifer Brea is twenty-eight years-old, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it’s “all in her head,” she picks up her camera as an act of defiance and brings us into a hidden world of millions that medicine abandoned. In this story of love and loss, newlyweds Jennifer and Omar search for answers as they face unexpected obstacles. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS, is a devastating multi-system disease that causes dysfunction of the neurological, immune, endocrine and energy metabolism systems. Often confined by her illness to the private space of her bed, Jennifer connects with others around the globe. (Shella Films)
>> Post film Q&A with Omar Wasow, the Princeton University Professor, featured throughout documentary with his wife and film’s director, Jennifer Brea.
6:30 PM | Brown Girl Begins (1h 10m) Director: Sharon Lewis
Presented in partnership with Urbanworld Film Festival
It’s 2049 and a druglord owns the streets of The Burn. Young Ti-Jeanne must choose between her fear of dying or harnessing the power of the Caribbean spirits to save her people. Brown Girl Begins is a post-apocalyptic tale about a young black woman who is trapped in a world forced upon her. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die. The fantasy elements of Brown Girl Begins have their basis in Caribbean folklore, inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring.
>>TALK BACK: Sharon Lewis, Director + Niama Sandy, Cultural anthropologist and writer.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
3:00 PM | Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (1h 40m) Director: Sam Pollard
The first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. The documentary features new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert. (Source: Menemsha Films)
>> Post film Q&A
6:30 PM | Double Play (2h 10m) Director: Ernest Dickerson
Poverty and wealth are two sides of the same coin in a high stakes game of dominoes, where the players confront their lust, desperation, rage, and remorse with deadly consequences. (Source IMDB)
>>TALK BACK: Lisa Cortes, Producer + Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross Chair, and invited members of the casts
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
6:30 PM | KEMTIYU – Cheikh Anta (1h 34m) Director: Ousmane William Mbaye
Presented in partnership with African Film Festival
“The Universal Man,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” “The Last Pharaoh”: those were some of the newspaper headlines the day after the death of Senegalese historian, doctor, and politician Cheikh Anta Diop in 1986. Kemtiyu is a portrait of this trailblazing scholar and enlightened political figure who had an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge. Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles
>>TALK BACK to follow
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
6:30 PM | Frances Bodomo Shorts Collection (40m)
Bone Shaker | New York-based director Frances Bodomo’s breakout film Boneshaker tells the story of a young girl who is taken to a Louisiana church in the hopes of banishing the evil spirits her parents believe possess her.
Afronauts | In 1964 a Zambian science teacher, Edwuard Makuka, decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an aluminum rocket to put a woman, two cats and a missionary into Space. He founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research to start training his Afronauts.
Everybody Dies! | An excerpt from the film, Collective: Unconscious, a collaborative feature in which five of independent film’s most adventurous and acclaimed filmmakers join forces to adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. Directed by Frances Bodomo presents what was dreamt by filmmakers Josephine Decker.
>>TALK BACK Frances Bodomo, Director + Shola Lynch, Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center.
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