A Series of Radical Films By and About Women

BAMcinématek presents Women at Work: Radical Creativity, a series of historical narratives and experimental video works by women filmmakers.

<em>Persepolis</em> (photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)
Persepolis (photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)

On Friday, BAMcinématek will present Women at Work: Radical Creativity as a part of their Women at Work film series, which launched in March. Radical Creativity is guest-programmed by curator Dessane Lopez Cassell, with a set of films to be screened from August 10–16.

<em>Losing Ground</em> (photo courtesy of Milestone Films)
Losing Ground (photo courtesy of Milestone Films)

The first film on August 10 will be Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground (1982). According to BAM, this is one of the first films from a black female director to explore relationships and sexuality. While Persepolis (2007), based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic autobiography of the same name, depicts the author’s childhood and early adulthood in Iran in the time surrounding the Islamic Revolution. Other films include Shirin Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum (which the MoMA recently screened in their series, The Future of Film is Female), as well as Michelle Parkerson and Ada Gay Griffin’s A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde.

The series will also include a set of post-screening Q&As with Nina Collins, daughter of Kathleen Collins, and filmmakers Reina Gossett, Sasha Wortzel, and Shirin Nesat. The full schedule of events can be found here.

<em>Audre Lorde: A Litany for Survival</em> (photo courtesy of Third World Newsreel)
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (photo courtesy of Third World Newsreel)

On the series, Cassell says, “Though often overlooked, the creative expression of women has had a profound and continuous effect on our cultural and political landscape. Highlighting seminal figures such as Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Pina Bausch, and Marsha P. Johnson, this selection of historical portraits, narratives, and experimental video works offers a cross-section of accounts by and about women who have refused to be second-guessed or silenced.”

When: Friday, August 10 at 7 pm through Thursday, August 16
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

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