From coast to coast, an historical era in Black American cinema featuring three-dimensional narratives surrounding Black women and girls emerged in the 90s that offered new voices and perspectives that would be unmatched for decades to come.
JOHN SINGLETON | USA | 1993 | 109 MIN | R
February 3 / 7:00 PM / Film Center | February 25 / 6:00 PM / Bourse
Following a tremendous loss, an isolated hairdresser joins friends on a road trip through California, but is forced to address her contentious relationship with trip tagalong, Lucky, a postman who is just as emotionally inept.
JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T.
LESLIE HARRIS | USA | 1992 | 92 MIN | R
February 4 / 2:30 PM / Film Center | February 26 / 4:30 PM | Bourse
A young girl from Brooklyn meanders through personal strife and various institutional barriers that stand in the way of her dreams of becoming a doctor.
THE WATERMELON WOMAN
CHERYL DUNYE | USA | 1996 | 90 MIN
February 5 | 5:00 PM | Film Center
A video store clerk interrogates the origins of the mammy trope in western cinema and her own relationship to the world as a Black lesbian.
SPIKE LEE | USA | 1994 | 115 MIN | PG-13
February 8 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical addition to the coming-of-age genre through his vivid illustration of a Black American family residing in Brooklyn in the 70s.
SET IT OFF on 35MM
F. GARY GRAY | USA | 1996 | 123 MIN | R | 35MM
February 10 | 7:00 PM | Film Center
Plagued with financial distress, four Black women take off on a daring plan to rob banks in F. Gary Gray’s 1996 gift to Black American Cinema.