FotoFilm: Spirits of Rebellion, DC Premiere

  • Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States

Followed by Director talk, panel and Q&A. Please note that seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.


S. Torriano Berry: award-winning independent filmmaker and co-author "The 50 Most Influential Black Films," and "Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema"

O.Funmilayo Makarah: Writer and director of films and videos that explore cultural identity; founder of the Heritage Film Festival; founding member of L.A. Freewaves, a worldwide media arts organization.

SPIRITS OF REBELLION: BLACK CINEMA FROM UCLA documents a small group of critically acclaimed, but relatively unknown, black filmmakers who were named by historians as the Los Angeles Rebellion. All of the filmmakers associated with this movement – including Zeinabu – attended UCLA between the “Watts riots” of 1965 and the “urban uprising” in LA that followed the Rodney King verdict in 1992. Headlined by Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Jamaa Fanaka, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Barbara McCullough, Ben Caldwell, Alile Sharon Larkin and Larry Clark, the LA Rebellion filmmakers collectively imagined and created a black cinema against the conventions of Hollywood and Blaxploitation films. They are the first sustained movement in the United States by a collective of minority filmmakers who reimagined the production process to represent, reflect and enrich the daily lives of people in their own communities.

As part of this movement, and as a scholar of cinema herself, Zeinabu brings viewers into the lives and work of these makers with both intimacy and context. The project includes compelling and demonstrative examples of their work, and interviews with most of the makers, scholars, and critics. Younger, contemporary makers of “New Black Cinema” speak about the lasting influence of these creators. And we see them today as Zeinabu captures their continued activism, collective artistic production, and continued struggle.

(Dir. Zeinabu Davis, 100 min, 2016, US, Documentary, English)