Women Make Movies at 45: Women Filmmakers of the Black Diaspora
The Passion of Remembrance
dir. Maureen Blackwood, UK, 1986, 16mm, 80 min.
Introduced by Maori Karmael Holmes, Producing Artistic
Director, BlackStar Film Festival, and Director of Public Engagement, Institute of
Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania
The first feature film by the Sankofa Film and Video collective (Territories, Looking for Langston), The Passion of Remembrance has gained classic status as a reflection on politics, sexuality and Black British history. Within a dramatic framework, the film gives a mosaic impression of the different dimensions of Black experience lived and imagined by a generation of filmmakers in the UK.
Dir. Julie Dash, US, 1983, 16mm, 34 min
A restored classic by the director of Daughters of the Dust, one of the primary women’s voices in movement of African American filmmakers dubbed the LA Rebellion. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
In 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor, at the fictitious National Film Studies, a black woman executive rises to power by passing for white. Mignon Duprée’s encounter with Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star, forces her to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle, and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality.
This screening is a program of Women Make Movies at 45: Women Filmmakers of the Black Diaspora.
Film programs at International House are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Wyncote Foundation.