Experiencing Contemporary Art

Rough and Unequal: A Film by Kevin Jerome Everson || Grunwald Gallery || Now showing Noon-4PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays || Visit.


The 16mm films in the Rough & Unequal installation capture the waxing and waning of the moon.

Engaging Guest Scholars

Paulin Vieyra Workshop with guest scholars; Sept. 5 and 6 || Attend.

Slide created by the Media School Design Team.


Celebrating Filmmakers

Once Haunted: Sept 14, 7PM at IU Cinema || Get Tickets.

Films by Crystal Z. Campbell and Madeleine Hunt Ehrlic || Filmmakers scheduled to be present. Below are stills from Go-Rilla Means War (2017) by Campbell (left) and Spit on the Broom (2019) by Hunt Ehrlich (right).

Once Haunted Still: September 18, 7PM at IULMIA Wells 048 Films and Video Essays by Nikyatu Jusu, Mariama Diallo, Eva Hageman, and Nuotama Bodomo. || Discussion to follow screening.

Natalie Paul in Sundance Winner Suicide by Sunlight (2018)
Nuotama Bodomo’s Everybody Dies! debuted in 2016 as part of an anthology called collective: unconscious.
Eva Hageman’s video essay Shiplap (2019) examines HGTV’s House Hunters.

Analyzing Popular Culture

Dr. TreaAndrea Russworm

Race & Video Games: Public Talk, Friday, Sept. 20, 12:15PM, FF 312

Dr. TreaAndrea Russworm, expert on race and video games, visits Indiana University September 19 and 20, 2019.

Before joining the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008, TreaAndrea M. Russworm earned her B.A. from Brown University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her areas of research and teaching specialization include: video games and new media, digital cultural studies, African American popular culture, digital humanities, comic books and visual representation, and postmodern and psychoanalytic theories.

Dr. Russworm’s books on popular media include the anticipated edited collections, Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games (co-edited with Jennifer Malkowski) and From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (co-edited with Samantha Sheppard and Karen Bowdre). Russworm’s contribution to both books continues her critique of the humanizing impulse in post-civil rights representational culture, from video games and other digital media to popular films and television shows. Dr. Russworm’s talk is co-sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Cultural Studies and The Media School. It takes place Friday, September 20 at noon in FF 312.


Screening New and Renewed Films

Numa Perrier’s Jezebel screens Monday, September 23 at 7PM and Friday, September 27 at 7PM, IU Cinema. || Get Tickets.

Trailer for Numa Perrier’s Jezebel

Numa Perrier Selects: Cleo from 5 to 7, Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7PM

PG-13 Year Released:1962 Format: 2K DCP Genres: ComedyDrama Directed by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the ’60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life. In French with English subtitles. Contains mature content. || Get Tickets.


Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) screens November 4 at 7PM, IU Cinema. || Get Tickets.

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) screens November 4 at 7PM, IU Cinema.

It’s the height of summer and the hottest day of the year—a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. Over the course of a single day on one block of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, the easygoing interactions of a cast of unforgettable characters give way to heated confrontations as tensions rise along racial fault lines—ultimately exploding into violence. Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Do the Right Thing is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen. Restoration courtesy of the Criterion Collection. Contains mature content. Part of the Ruth E. Carter: Afrocentric Cinematic Universes series curated by Brittany Friesner. Screens at IU Cinema Monday, November 4 at 7PM. || Get Tickets.

Screening Restored HYENAS by acclaimed director Djibril Diop Mambéty Wednesday, November 6 at 7PM in the IULMIA Wells 048 Screening Room.

1992 / 110min / DCP


The village of Colobane, devastated by drought and unemployment, sees sudden hope for the future with the arrival of a former citizen, Linguère Ramatou (Ami Diakhate), who left her hometown when still a young woman, but now returns with a great fortune. The grocer Dramaan Drameh (Mansour Diouf), one of Colobane’s leading citizens and Ramatou’s former lover, is selected to lead a welcom- ing committee, but after a seemingly tender reunion to the two, Ramatou reveals the true depths of her bitterness towards Dramaan Drameh, who impregnated her and denied his responsibility, result- ing in her being sent into an uncaring world where she had to turn to prostitution to survive.

She offers the villagers a hard deal: One hundred billion dalasis (Gambian currency) in exchange for the death of Dramaan Drameh. The citizens of Colobane refuse, but as the village is flooded with consumer goods, they are driven deeper and deeper into debt, forcing them to make a hard collective decision. Will it be the money, or Dramaan Drameh’s life?

In Wolof with English subtitles. 1992 / 110min / DCP

Screening Wednesday, November 6 at 7PM in Wells 048.

Screening Babylon (1980) at IU Cinema Friday, November 8 at 7PM. || Get Tickets.

Babylon screening Friday, November 8 at 7PM, IU Cinema

Franco Rosso’s incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but the New York Film Festival deemed it “too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out) that same year. Raw and smoldering, it follows a young reggae DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British group Aswad) in Thatcher-era Brixton as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by two-time Oscar® winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautiful, smoky cinematography that’s been compared to Taxi Driver, Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae, dub, and lovers rock soundtrack anchored by legendary producer Dennis Bovell’s (The Slits) atmospheric score. Director: Franco Rosso Writers: Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman Actors: Brinsley Forde Genre: Drama Run Time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Curated by Marissa Moorman of IU Platform Global Popular Music, with support from IU Cinema, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Black Film Center/Archive. || Get Tickets.

These BFC/A programs are sponsored in part by the following: New Frontiers, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the IU Cinema Creative Collaborations Program, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the African Studies Program,  IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, the IU Platform Global Popular Music, The Media School, Cultural Studies, and the Department of French and Italian. Thank you.


BFC/A Events This Past Semester

Black Film Center/Archive, 1320 E. 10th Street Wells 044, Bloomington, IN, 47405 || bfca@indiana.edu

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