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One: Egúngún

February 8–August 18, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm

Price: Free - $16

Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia Gallery of Contemporary Art, 4th Floor

One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Ògbómọ̀ṣọ́, Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora.

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Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room

January 11–July 7, 2019 11:00am - 6:00pm

Price: Free - $16

Great Hall, 1st Floor

Lemme walk across the room
, the first New York City solo exhibition by the emerging artist Eric N. Mack, transforms the Museum’s Great Hall with a site-responsive installation of new and existing textile-based works hung, mounted, and draped in conversation with the classical architecture of the space. Mack’s work explodes the boundaries of painting, sculpture, and fashion, dynamically reflecting and framing the rich visual experiences of the everyday.

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Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

The Lapidus Center Presents: Medical Bondage with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

March 12, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: Free

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens and Dr. Dana-Ain Davis, Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center, CUNY on Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, an insightful examination of a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, and performed experimental medical procedures on primarily poor and powerless women.

This program is presented by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Live Wire Legendary: Nikki Giovanni in Conversation with Johnnetta B. Cole

March 12, 2019 7:00pm

Price: Free

As part of its "Legendary" series honoring iconic artists and their impact on American culture, Apollo Live Wire pays tribute to Poet, educator and activist, Nikki Giovanni. Ms. Giovanni will be in conversation with anthropologist and educator Johnnetta B. Cole, recently appointed chair and seventh president of the National Council of Negro Women. The two will look at Giovanni's past and current work in a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

Presented by the Apollo Education Program in collaboration with The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s Pride in Our Heritage Tour.

Reservations are now closed for this event.

Seating is first come, first seated. Registration does not guarantee entry. Latecomers are seated at the discretion of Management.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Live Wire Fierce and Feminist in Harlem: Women and the Life of a Community

March 13, 2019 6:30pm

Price: Free


Fierce and Feminist in Harlem: Women and the Life of a Community will look at artists, activists, journey women, and others in various cultural and political phenomena whose presence and work in the Harlem community exemplify the concept of feminism. From the numbers racket, to the Harlem Renaissance, to involvement in the Communist Party, the Black Panther Party, and the Young Lords, Fierce and Feminist will consider the extraordinary influence women have had within the Harlem community and beyond and will honor women who were at the intersection of art, politics, and social change, such as pianist Hazel Scott, anthropologist Eslanda Goode Robeson, writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and activist Yuri Kochiyama.

Presented by the Apollo Theater Education Program in collaboration with While We Are Still Here.

Karen D. Taylor, Founder/Executive Director, While We Are Still Here

Karen Chilton, Actor, Dramatist, Author of Hazel Scott
LaShawn D. Harris, Author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy, associate Professor of MSU Dept. of History
Rosemari Mealy, Journalist, Activist, Author of Fidel & Malcolm
Johanna Fernandez, Author of When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords in New York, 1969-1976 (Forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press)

Dramatic Reading:
April Armstrong, Actress, Singer, Storyteller

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Salsa Party

March 14, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Price: Free

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Our season of salsa continues with our Salsa Party hosted by Balmir Latin Dance Studio! Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, followed by live music, social dancing, and performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.

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Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

El Pueblo Se Levanta

March 14, 2019 6:30pm

Price: $15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission. 

In the late 1960s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the United States reached a breaking point. Produced in 1971, the hard-hitting documentary El Pueblo Se Levanta (50 min) focuses on the poverty and oppression of New York City's own East Harlem. Narrated by the people it portrays, the film captures the dual compassion and militancy of the activist group the Young Lords as they began to take direct action to improve the conditions of their community. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a talkback with historians, activists and others. 

Speakers to be announced, check back for updates! 

Co-presented with Jessica Green at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their ongoing non-fiction film series Made in Harlem: Class of ’68 

This screening is also part of our Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition. 

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US


March 14, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Member: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

With Antwayne Eccleston, Fraser James, Aml Ameen

Set in 1970s Kingston and 1980s London, Idris Elba’s directorial debut presents the life of a young Jamaican man named D, unsure of the adult he wants to become, but committed to avenge the murder of his beloved big brother Jerry Dread. Dispatched to the UK from Jamaica by his mentor, drug don and music producer King Fox, D reconnects with his childhood sweetheart and for the first time can envision a life without turmoil. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA


Apollo Comedy Club Celebrates WOW

March 14, 2019 10:00pm

Ticket prices start at just $22.

JoJo Collins, Calise Hawkins, Barbara Carlyle

Hosted by Mugga
Music by DJ Qool Marv

The Apollo A-LIST advance price is $15 until midnight March 13.  Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Doors open at 9pm for food and bar. 

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

School Day Live: iRetumba!

March 15, 2019 11:30am

Tickets: $4 Per Person (students, teachers, chaperones)

iRETUMBA! Journey Through the Caribbean 

Join iRetumba! on a journey through the Caribbean that begins in Africa and weaves through Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The drums, traditional songs, dance, and costumes will be used as vehicles to transport the audience.

(Grades K-12)

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York NY 10027 US

Douvan Jou Ka Leve + The Crying Conch

March 15, 2019 6:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Douvan Jou Ka Leve
Dir. Gessica Généus
2017, 51min

In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti’s “illness of the soul”—the country’s fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity. With her mother’s bipolarity as her poignant point of departure, Généus skilfully interweaves traditional interviews and ethnographic-style observation with poetic narration as she seeks to connect the dots of her family’s, and her island’s, fractured history. The result is a moving meditation on both mental illness and a nation’s as-yet unassuaged inner turmoil.

The Crying Conch
Dir. Vincent Toi
2017, 20min

A man is drawn into following in the footsteps of the historic Haitian slave leader Mackandal, who is trapped in a curse which started centuries ago.

Run time: 71min
Format: DCP

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Odyssey: A Staged Reading and Discussion

March 15, 2019 7:30pm


Society for Classical Studies, Aquila Theatre, and the Onassis Foundation USA

A distant war, a long-awaited return, a journey back, a homecoming, a wife and husband, and revenge. In Emily Wilson’s contemporary translation of Homer’s Odyssey, the musicality and physicality of the ancient Greek epic is brought to life. Join Wilson and the Aquila Theatre for a staged reading of an abbreviation of Wilson’s translation. After the reading, Wilson discusses the text and staging with an actor and veteran from Aquila’s Warrior Chorus and a veteran’s partner. What does the Odyssey mean today to veterans and their families? What does Wilson’s new translation in iambic pentameter bring to the text that others have missed? How does performance help us to experience the Odyssey in new ways?

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Being Blacker + For Gregorio

March 15, 2019 8:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Appearance by director Cristobal Guerra

Being Blacker
Dir. Molly Dineen
2018, 90min

Made with intimacy and insight, this is the story of Blacker Dread, a renowned reggae producer and record shop owner from Brixton, the traditional home of London’s Jamaican migrants. Focused on a tumultuous time in Blacker’s life—the death of his mother and the prospect of his first prison sentence—the documentary widens to become an affecting portrait of Blacker’s family and friends. The film then makes its way to Jamaica, where Blacker’s partner, Maureen, is ensuring their young son maintains exceptional grades, having been excluded from school in the UK. With boundless empathy for its subjects, Being Blacker offers an excellent understanding of the challenges that Britain’s Caribbean community continues to face.

For Gregorio
Dir. Cristobal Guerra
2017, 9min

Gregorio Guerra migrated from Puerto Rico to New York in 1964. More than 40 years later, we catch a glimpse of his current life in Queens.

Run Time: 99min
Format: DCP
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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Music Cafe Celebrates the Women of the World Festival

March 15, 2019 10:00pm

Standard Ticket: $22


Curated by Jodine Dorce

Butterscotch, the retro-futuristic, voice percussionist virtuosa, is a force to be reckoned with in today’s music scene. Being the world’s first female beatboxing champion, she has created a unique style. While she beatboxes, she sings and plays either guitar or piano, performing her own compositions and jazz standards. Butterscotch is heavily influenced by Jazz, Classical, Hip Hop and R&B, ranging from Frederick Chopin to Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder. A true musical ambassador, merging the gaps between many genres, her “soul purpose” is to heal through the movement of her delicious ear candy sound waves. In 2016 she released the "Scotch Tapes Vol. 1-3" (a series of EPs).

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Olive & Pearl

March 15-18, 2019 10:30am

Tickets: $22-$35 Workshop: $15 for general ticket holders, $5 for premium ticket holders

Treehouse Shakers

“My daughter has been playing Olive and Pearl since the show. It was her very first theater experience and very a memorable one. Thank you so much!”

—Alexandra Cahill, NYC Parent

Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl being raised by her Granny. Told through puppetry, theater, dance, and live music, this magical tale takes the youngest theatergoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight.

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Madness of George III

March 16, 2019 12:00pm

With Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 

This multi-award-winning drama by Alan Bennett, one of Britain’s most beloved playwrights, comes to National Theatre Live broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. The cast includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, Coriolanus) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

Run Time: 210min
General Admission: $28
Members: $23

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

WOW Teen Summit: No Shade

March 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm


This year’s WOW Teen Summit: No Shade, seeks to explore the impact of colorism on a global scale and its influence on local communities. Shade representation in the media, both traditional and modern, has been a challenge throughout history; new platforms are emerging to address these long-standing issues, as women around the world are recognizing and rejecting the bias. Through performances and panel discussions, we will demystify the connection between racism and colorism, while opening up a dialogue of healing that will help us develop tactics to combat it.

WOW Teen Summit is presented by Apollo Education and the Apollo Young Producers. A collective of Apollo Theater Academy Alumni, the Apollo Young Producers create and develop events to connect young artists to the Apollo Theater and provide a creative space for collaboration. While working to provide an opportunity for youth to showcase their work, the Young Producers learn to produce and manage events under the tutelage of seasoned arts and entertainment professionals.

Kenya Fredericks
Malcolm Smith

Beverly Danquah

Valencia Clay, Educator/Activist
Tori Elizabeth, Co-Founder of The Colored Girl
Janel Martinez, Writer; Founder of Ain't I Latina?
Nidhi Sunil, Model/Activist

Spotlight Interview:
Malaysia Freeman, VP of National Action Network Youth Huddle

Aaliyah Daniels, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador

Roving Reporters:
Dezire Duverglas
Natalie Hernandez

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US


Tilt Kids Festival 2019

March 16, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm


This event is co-presented as part of Tilt Kids Festival 2019, produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

Featuring AJOYO by Yacine Boularès and Sarah E. Charles (Ages 3+) Join us for a special afternoon featuring performances presented with the Tilt Kids Festival! Harlem Stage partners with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) to present a program from international artists whose work appeals to kids and their families. Young people and the young at heart are invited to engage in our instrument making workshop then join the band in a joyful music celebration of AJOYO led by French-Tunisian musician Yacine Boularès;  described as a “mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul.” This program is performed in English.

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Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Carnegie Hall Citywide: iLe

March 16, 2019 4:00pm

Free Event

Classic Latin boleros, mambos, and danzóns burn hotter with iLe’s sultry voice. Before she went solo and took her current stage name, Ileana Cabra was a singer and rapper under the name PG-13, performing with the popular rap group Calle 13 that features her half-brothers known as Residente and Visitante. Her most recent album, the breakthrough iLevitable, features Latin favorites along with songs written by her family members and backed by a host of Puerto Rican music superstars.

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Location: El Museo del Barrio New York, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York NY 10029 US

WOW Festival Suze Orman: Women and Money

March 16, 2019 5:00pm

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 day of event.

The Apollo Theater Presents

WOW - Women of the World Festival

In partnership with the WOW Foundation


Women and Money: The World's Personal Finance Expert

Suze Orman returns to Apollo for the WOW Festival (Women of the World). After a sold-out, standing room only debut at the Apollo in 2018 that was broadcast on OWN, renowned financial expert Suze Orman returns to the Apollo Theater with a specially crafted message.

While Orman is known for giving wide-ranging financial advice on everything from mortgages to retirement plans, because of the economic challenges and disparities in this city and beyond, her emphasis for this program will be to provide important financial information specifically for the empowerment of low-income or economically struggling women of color and women in general.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

1950: The Nationalist Uprising + An Excavation of Us

March 16, 2019 9:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

1950: The Nationalist Uprising
Dir. José Manuel Dávila Marichal
2017, 105min

Electrifying, revealing and timely, this documentary revisits a seminal event in Puerto Rico’s history: the 10 days in October 1950 when one hundred people, members of the island’s Nationalist Party, took up arms to overthrow the rule of the United States and establish Puerto Rican sovereignty. The insurgents, outnumbered and ill-equipped, were crushed by the police and the National Guard, and either killed or imprisoned. Buttressed by archival film and photographs and animated reenactments, 1950: The Nationalist Uprising presents the testimonies of five Puerto Ricans who participated in this almost forgotten struggle. They speak about the consequences of the uprising on their lives, and the ideal of freedom that burns within them still.

An Excavation of Us
Dir. Shirley Bruno
2017, 11min

The shadows of Napoleon’s army fall upon their boat traveling through the mysterious cave named after Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution. It is this battle inside her cave that will become the most successful slave revolution in history.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Music Cafe Celebrates the Women of the World Festival

March 16, 2019 10:00pm

Standard Ticket: $22



Curated by Jodine Dorce

This special event features the West coast Seattle girl LIVE ... debuting music from her upcoming project and familiar favorites.

Born and bred in Seattle, Washington, Kimberly Nichole moved to New York City where she launched her career. National and international performances soon followed, allowing her to share the stage with such artists as Slash (Guns N Roses), Living Colour, Alice Smith, Janelle Monae, Nona Hendryx (Labelle), Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Joe Walsh (The Eagles) and Jon Bon Jovi. Her mesmerizing performance style has captured the attention and support of Quincy Jones, songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson and fashion savant Andre Leon Talley. Talley was so taken with Nichole’s talent and fashion-forwardness that he invited her into the offices of VOGUE and featured her in the magazine. Her original music has been featured on MTV, VH1, BET, LOGO, Lifetime and Showtime. After hearing her music, Tony award winning director George C. Wolfe personally selected her to be the featured rock performer in his film "You Are Not You," which stars Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. Now residing in London, Kimberly still performs throughout the US with her band, while hosting 'The Box' London. She also has been featured in the NETFLIX, Ezra Koeing (Vampirie Weekend) created anime series Neo Yokio (starring Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and more). Kimberly also most recently completed her Brooadway debut in ROCKTOPIA where the New York Times praised her performance saying “..[she] has a distinctive tone, all burnished copper, and she manages to inject fresh life into the hoary "Dream On.” Now back in London, Kimberly is preparing to release her project The West Coast Seattle Girl.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Playdate! Free Day 10am -5pm

March 17, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us for a FREE fun-filled family day (10am-5pm) of art-making and performances celebrating Women’s History Month 

10am - 1pm - Art-making workshop in the Living Room
1pm - 2pm - Story Hour with Flor Bromley 
2pm - 3pm - Art Making workshop with Artist-in-residence Damien Davis
3pm - 4:30pm -Musical magic featuring Bertha Hope

A professional pianist for more than six decades, Bertha Hope has toured globally with artists like Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Henderson, while being a respected educator and bandleader in her own right. In 2018 she won the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Legends of Jazz Award. 

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

The Terror and the Time + In the Sky's Wild Noise

March 17, 2019 1:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Appearance by editor Lewanne Jones

The Terror and the Time
Dir. The Victor Jara Collective
1978, 75min

In 1953, what was then known as British Guiana elected its first “internal self government” under colonial rule. Nervous about the government’s progressive programs and supposed Soviet influence, the British suspended the constitution, jailed the democratically elected leaders, and staged a military invasion. Made in 1978, The Terror and the Time is an incendiary piece of agitprop documentary filmmaking that revisits the events of that seminal year in Guyanese history. Set to a series of poems by the great poet Martin Carter and against the backdrop of the cold war and events of 1953 in such places as Iran, Guatemala, Kenya, and the US, this film—the first of only two works by the Victor Jara Collective—was banned by Guyana’s government, and has rarely screened since it was made.

In the Sky's Wild Noise
Dir. The Victor Jara Collective
1983, 29min

In the Sky’s Wild Noise is based around an interview with Walter Rodney, the renowned Guyanese historian, author and political activist, who was assassinated in 1980. The interview—which was filmed in 1976, when the Victor Jara Collective were shooting their first documentary, The Terror and The Time—is intercut with archival footage, and explores the political, social, and economic conditions of the working class in Guyana in the 1970s.

Run time: 104min
Format: 16mm


Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Black Mother

March 17, 2019 6:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Directed by Khalik Allah | 2018

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual exploration of Jamaica. Absorbing the bustling metropolis and the tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible, hallucinatory, collage-like portraiture. Immersed in the sacred, the profane, and everything in-between, Black Motherchannels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal and visionary ode, one informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.

Appearance by director Khalik Allah

Run time: 77min
Format: DCP

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

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