The BlackStar Film Festival consistently resists forces that try to define culture in majoritarian terms.
Director Ramona Diaz and journalist Maria Ressa discuss their struggles to make A Thousand Cuts, a film about the autocratic president of the Philippines.
The new ESPN documentary Be Water seeks to both reassert Lee’s legacy and humanize him.
Bishakh Som’s Apsara Engine imagines what happens when femmes, as Donna Haraway writes, “make kin, not babies.”
The Soul (Un)Gendered: Anupam Sud, A Retrospective at DAG gallery is the first retrospective of Sud’s work in the USA, and is good introduction to her intense and existentialist art.
At Sundance, Shirley and Miss Juneteenth explored ways women claim control of their own narratives.
Documentaries at the festival looked at ordinary people in Cuba, journalists in the Philippines, and lawyers for the ACLU.
With BLKNWS, Joseph combats the racist and one-dimensional gaze of the news media.
A time capsule that holds the legendary artist in immortal youth, the cult classic also preserves a certain New York, which has now changed beyond recognition.
Roee Messinger’s American Trial: The Eric Garner Story envisages a future that was denied to Eric Garner and his family, thanks to the extremely racist and flawed legal system in the United States.
In Varda by Agnès, the revered director makes her own cinematic eulogy.
Film poet Manfred Kirchheimer shows off beautiful restored footage he shot in NYC from 1958 to 1960 in Free Time.