- This event has passed.
Screening Freedom: The African Desperate (2022)
Screening Freedom: Film + Discussion Series | Sundays, Aug 20-27, 1-4pm | Logan Center Screening Room
This July and August, join us for a series of free film screenings celebrating the work of Black cinema, self-representation and freedom. Screening Freedom highlights self-representation on film as freedom work. This curated series draws from decades of Black film production, showcasing works that embody the ongoing efforts of Black artists to self-produce works that reflect and enrich Black life.
Within this series, two special screenings will be paired with selections from The South Side Home Movie Project, which protects the vibrant and expressive history of amateur film production on Chicago’s South Side through an extensive archive of small-gauge home movie recordings. By drawing thematic, visual, and contextual connections between theatrical releases and intimate home movie recordings, this series highlights how the struggle for Black self-representation occurs at many scales, from blockbuster movies to intimate family records. Screening Freedom elevates this work as worthy of exhibition, discussion, and preservation.
Catered discussion will follow each screening, some of which will feature representatives from the featured home movie collections as our invited guests and contributors to the conversation.
Screening Freedom Schedule:
Sun, Aug 20: The African Desperate (Martine Syms, 2022)
Sun, Aug 27: Drylongso (Cauleen Smith, 1993)