OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES (82 NR)
VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 2/14/21
3 day rental available for $12
70% of proceeds go directly to filmmakers
What is virtual cinema?
In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.
Featured shorts (in order):
Love in Submission by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf
A Hollywood Party by Toryn Seabrooks
Pandemic Chronicles by Ya’ke Smith
Auntie Zariyah by Zora Bikangaga
The Black Banshee by Kyla Sylvers
Nowhere by Lin Que Ayoung
Pandemic Chronicles includes full nudity/mature content
The Black Banshee features police violence
Statement from the Curator: Curtis Caesar John, The Luminal Theater
The “Paradox of Expectation”…it’s the idea that wanting to rid yourself of expectations is a paradox – literally the expectation of no expectation. In these six films from emerging Black filmmakers, what the protagonists experience as the world they woke up to is not the one from which they’re now appearing. Are they lying to themselves about who they are, or is the truth just not what they expect, but what they deserve?