We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media || First Screening: Body Publics 10/21 at 7PM, IU Cinema

We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media The We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media series is part of a national, traveling exhibition focused on place-based documentaries that situate their collaborative practice in specific locales, communities, and a need for social change. Comprised of six thematic programs that probe salient topics (body publics, … Continue reading We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media || First Screening: Body Publics 10/21 at 7PM, IU Cinema

Research Notes: Dr. Randi Gray Kristensen, a 2019 Summer Repository Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study reflects on her BFC/A Visit

Dr. Randi Gray Kristensen, 2019 Dr. Randi Gray Kristensen is assistant professor in the University Writing Program, deputy director of the Writing in the Disciplines program, and affiliate faculty in the Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs, at the George Washington University, Washington DC. She is co-editor of Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in … Continue reading Research Notes: Dr. Randi Gray Kristensen, a 2019 Summer Repository Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study reflects on her BFC/A Visit

One People: Experiencing Media as Love Letter in Jamaica

"Media offers the means and material of an imagined community...Motion pictures coming out of Jamaica...convey content as they catalyze an imagined family reunion. " - Terri Francis This week, Shadow and Act revives IU professor Terri Francis's earlier essay, "Slow Jam, Experiencing Media as Love Letter in Jamaica or What I thought of the 'One People' … Continue reading One People: Experiencing Media as Love Letter in Jamaica

‘And We Are Many:’ Afro-Argentines and Defensa 1464

In 1810, a third of Buenos Aires was African.  Still, the received, albeit simplistic, narrative – placing the Argentine expanse as a land of opportunity for Europe’s masses and Buenos Aires as the cosmopolitan center (a la Paris) – maintains the Argentine story as a narrative sans Africans, or, one in which Africans conveniently disappeared … Continue reading ‘And We Are Many:’ Afro-Argentines and Defensa 1464

‘Dear Mandela’ Takes Top Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Dear Mandela, a South African documentary about Abahlali baseMjondolo, has won the Golden Chameleon (yes – that’s the top nod) at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival, Sleeping Giant and Fireworx Media have announced. The Golden Chameleon now joins the Golden Butterfly (Movies That Matter Film Festival’s top prize) in a growing list of accolades for … Continue reading ‘Dear Mandela’ Takes Top Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Afro-Vietnamese Orphans Tell Their Stories in ‘Indochina: Traces of a Mother’

A new(er) documentary film by Idrissou Mora-Kpai follows the stories of Afro-Vietnamese orphans born of Vietnamese mothers and West African fathers - tirailleurs sénégalais - brought by the French to fight la sale guerre, mostly in today’s Viet Nam.  The synopsis: Through the story of Christophe, a 58-year-old Afro-Vietnamese man, the film reveals the little … Continue reading Afro-Vietnamese Orphans Tell Their Stories in ‘Indochina: Traces of a Mother’