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Still from Ama-San, (image courtesy Terratreme Filmes)

Beginning this Friday, November 2, through Saturday, November 10, BAMcinématek will present Women at Work: The Domestic Is Not Free, a film series that highlights the overlooked work of women in the domestic space. This is the third installation in the Women at Work series, meant to spotlight “the historically erased and undervalued physical and emotional labor women perform, often invisibly, every day,” according to the press release.

On Friday, the series will open with Ousmane Sembène’s film Black Girl (1966), along with two short films. The films feature Black women in domestic roles, “while also giving audiences access to their inner thoughts, feelings, and struggles.” Other films highlighted are Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow (2009), screening on Saturday; Cláudia Varejão’s documentary Ama-San (2016), screening on November 4; Wu Tsang’s Wildness (2012), screening on November 10; and many more. The full schedule, with details on each film, can be found here.

“I learned early on to value the domestic space and appreciate the women around me who shaped it,” said BAM Cinema Department Coordinator and programer of the series, Natalie Erazo. “I hope this series will encourage viewers to acknowledge the monotony and emotional bearing of a life often relegated to being behind the scenes.”

When: Friday, November 2 through Saturday, November 10
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

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