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Hunger

March 25, 2019 4:00pm, 9:30pm

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

The gut-punching debut feature from Steve McQueen features a wrenchingly physical performance from Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, a member of the Irish Republican Army who, in 1981, led a grueling prison hunger strike to protest his treatment by the British government. Filmed in a startlingly visceral style, Hunger is an unflinching portrayal of self-sacrifice as a form of resistance for those who have no other weapon.

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

The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

March 25, 2019 7:00pm

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

Without setting foot inside a penitentiary, this eye-opening documentary illuminates the often-invisible ways in which the federal prison system and the American culture of mass incarceration touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Traveling from California, where female inmates fight forest fires, to a Kentucky town dependent on prison jobs, director Brett Story weaves a complex, ruminative portrait of how a country became a carceral state.

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

Louis Armstrong Sound Salon

March 26, 2019 7:00pm

Discover the sounds of the Great Migration and the mastery of Louis Armstrong. A casual Library café program, with expert conversation and communal listening of rarely heard archival jazz recordings.  

Presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s city-wide festival “Migrations: The Making of America.”

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! A Standby line will form outside the building at the top of the stairs at Amsterdam and 65th, but we cannot guarantee admission without a reservation.

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

Welcome II The Terrordome + Short

March 26, 2019 7:00pm

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

The first film by a black woman to receive a theatrical release in the UK, this deeply disturbing, unsung Afrofuturist jolt imagines a sci-fi dystopia where black people have been confined to the slums of the Terrordome—a hotbed of racial unrest where the killing of a black boy by the police sets off an explosion of further violence. Creating an impressively-realized, centuries-spanning cosmology on a DIY budget, Nigerian-born director Ngozi Onwurah conjures a searing, strikingly original vision.

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

Handsworth Songs

March 26, 2019 9:00pm

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

One of the defining works by the trailblazing Black Audio Film Collective, this freeform documentary mosaic explores racial tensions in Britain through the lens of the 1985 Handsworth riots that rocked Birmingham. Through an impressionistic mélange of newsreel footage, photographs, and interviews, Handsworth Songs arrives at a powerful, allusive, and deeply personal statement about the black British experience.

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

An Evening With Sky Hopinka

March 27, 2019 7:00pm

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

Responsible for some of “the most striking, thought-provoking and intricately assembled video works of recent years” (Filmmaker), Sky Hopinka, a Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has emerged as a vital voice in contemporary Native American filmmaking. Awash in majestic, mysterious images of landscape and nature, his self-described “ethnopoetic” films combine documentary and experimental practices to movingly interrogate ideas of language, heritage, homeland, and displacement. Films include Cloudless Blue A (2019), Fainting Spells (2018), Jaaji Approx. (2016), When you’re lost in the rain(2018), Cloudless Blue B (2019).

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

Venezuela

March 27-30, 2019 7:30pm

Full price tickets start at $30

Acclaimed Choreographer Ohad Naharin and Batsheva’s 18-member company are renowned worldwide for their adventurous vision and distinctive movement language. Combining visceral physicality with a rigor and consistency in their training, Batsheva Dance Company compels audiences with its virtuosity and raw energy.

This singular company returns to BAM with a new evening-length work that explores the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Created in two 40-minute sections placed in juxtaposition, Venezuela is a multifaceted work in which the endless possibilities of a choreographer’s craft are at play and, in turn, the audience confronts the limits of their own freedom of choice.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Bamboozled

March 28, 2019 6:45pm

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

A fed-up black television writer proposes an impossibly offensive “new millennium minstrel show,” complete with performers in blackface, in hopes that it will get him fired. The only problem is, not only does the show get picked up, it becomes a runaway hit. Spike Lee’s funny, ferocious, and frightening satire deploys centuries of racist imagery to confront the media’s role in perpetuating African-American stereotypes for ratings.

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

African Diaspora International Film Festival Celebrates Women's Month

March 29, 2019 8:00am

CELEBRATE WOMEN'S MONTH!

This month we're celebrating women behind the camera with our selection of films playing from Friday, March 29, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019. From showing off films by African Women directors Zara M. Yacoub & Khady Sylla to documentaries chronicling the lives of iconic musicians Josephine Baker and Mary Lou Williams, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Friday, March 29
6:30pm – Looking for Life – FREE Screening! (Haiti)
8:00pm - The Black Mozart in Cuba (Guadeloupe/Cuba)

Saturday, March 30
2:00pm – African Women Directors: Zara M. Yacoub & Khady Sylla (Chad, Senegal)
3:20pm – I’m Not a Witch (Zambia)
5:15pm – No Shade – Back by popular demand! (UK)
7:40pm - The Green Book: Guide to Freedom – Q&A (USA)

Sunday, March 31
2:00pm – Foreign Body (Tunisia)
4:00pm – Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams (Germany, USA)
6:30pm – Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me (UK/USA)

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

2019 Gold Women's Connect Conference

March 29, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm

Early Bird Special: $25.00

In honor of Women's History Month, the 2019 Gold Women's Business Connect Conference will feature powerful information from TWO Panels of Experts (more speakers to be announced). Our Panel Experts will Enlighten, Empower, and Educate you on today's important topics for professional business women! Walk away with new Knowledge, Tools, and Resources that you can apply right away and make new Contacts to Add to your Network and Improve your Bottom Line! Join Us!

This conference will shine a light of Women, Power, Politics and Business with a spectacular panel of experts! Join us for fun speed networking activities breakfast, refreshments, vendor and information tables, prize drawings, Red Carpet, and more! You don't want to miss this. 

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Location: Berkeley College, 255 Duffield St., 3rd Fl, Brooklyn NY 11201 USA

Batsheva Dance Company: Gaga and Repertory

March 29, 2019 10:30am

All Tickets:  $25

A member of Batsheva Dance Company leads an intensive master class in conjunction with Venezuela, the Israeli troupe’s evening-length work having its NY premiere this season. The class begins with an exploration of Gaga, the movement language pioneered by choreographer Ohad Naharin, which heightens awareness of the body. Participants learn to connect conscious and unconscious movement, discovering their own strength, flexibility, stamina, and agility. The remainder of the class is then devoted to a selection from Batsheva’s repertory.

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Looking for Life

March 29, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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

Looking for Life introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The former makes lunches in a factory yard in Port-au-Prince and sells her meals to the factory workers; the latter is employed in the same factory as a production worker making pullovers and T-shirts. Every day she buys her midday meal on credit from Anne-Rose. Through the connection between these two women the film shows part of their daily work and the constant battle for survival that they lead together with other women in Haiti. Going beyond this, however the film demonstrates the extent to which the importation of North American goods has brought about the collapse of Haitian regional production and ruined Haiti’s economy. The connection between the two topics of the film reveals the significant role that Haitian women of today play in an economy that has been bled dry.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Beau Travail

March 29, 2019 7:00pm

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

Jealousy and obsession simmer on the sunbaked coast of Djibouti in Denis’ masterpiece, a hypnotically languorous take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd which turns the everyday rhythms of military life into a dreamily choreographed erotic ballet. Denis Lavant is the French Foreign Legion officer whose destructive fixation with a handsome young recruit culminates in one of the most unforgettable endings in 1990s cinema.

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

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: The Black Mozart in Cuba

March 29, 2019 8:00pm

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

Born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese enslaved woman and a French nobleman, Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century. He influenced the music and political life of his time. He was a genius composer and conductor, a virtuoso violinist, the best fencer in Europe, as well as the first black general in the French army. For 200 years after his death his music was rarely heard, due in part to Napoleon’s efforts to erase his existence from history. Today, his music is being rediscovered and played by orchestras and music groups around the world. In this documentary, Cuba dedicates a week of cultural activities to his memory and welcomes Saint Georges as “a great hero of the Caribbean.”

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Trouble Every Day

March 29 and April 6, 2019 9:15pm

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

Denis takes desire to its disturbing extreme in this mesmerizingly gory, mega-controversial arthouse provocation in which two former lovers in Paris find themselves united by a shared cannibalistic lust. With its outré blend of blood and sensuality, Trouble Every Day polarized audiences upon its release but has since emerged as perhaps Denis’ most ripe-for-reappraisal work.

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

Die Walküre

March 30, 2019 11:00am, 12:00pm

General Admission:  $34 for screening + discussion ($29 for BAM & Met members); $28 for screening only ($23 for BAM & Met members)

In a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

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

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: African Women Directors

March 30, 2019 2:00pm

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

2PM – FEMININE DILEMMA
Images presented in Feminine Dilemma are almost unsustainable to watch. One witnesses the circumcision operation performed on two young girls as women surrounding them in a courtyard clap their hands, dance and sing “you will not cry or we will never forgive you”. Following this harrowing sequence, the film presents a series of interviews with religious leaders, women group representatives, health workers, everyday people and the girls themselves and asks the question: why female circumcision? Should it be performed and how? And what are the consequences? Following the making of this film, scandal broke and threats and attacks against the filmmaker followed. But once the dust settled, a debate started in Chad which allowed for open discussions of a topic that is still taboo in many parts of the world today. As for the filmmaker, Zara M. Yacoub, she will remain marked for life by her experiences making and defending this very courageous and disturbing documentary.

2:20PM – SILENT DILEMMA
In a voice-over, we hear the thoughts of Amy, a girl from a rural area of Senegal who works as a domestic for a well-to-do family in Dakar. She complains about her employer, who continuously criticizes her and gets on her case, and she talks about her dream of one day opening her own eatery. Meanwhile, we see her sweep the pavement, prepare the food and clean the house. The contrast with her vast and barren native region is enormous. In Dakar, some 150,000 young women work as housekeepers for families whose daughters can go to school. “Why does the emancipation of some result in the servitude of others?” Amy wonders. The filmmakers interview other young maids who dream of going to school, and they film a woman who shouts her furious lyrics straight into the camera in rapper-like fashion: “I keep your houses squeaky clean, but you all think I’m dirty!” In a dramatized scene in a slum, the women demonstrate how they’d like to deal with a woman who doesn’t pay her housekeeper enough. In response to the situation, the filmmakers make an appeal to change the rules of the world economy.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: I’m Not a Witch

March 30, 2019 3:15pm

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

Join us this month for BAFTA-awarding winning director Rungano Nyoni’s debut film, I Am Not a Witch, official UK submission to the 2019 Oscar race in the Foreign Language Film category.  Set in modern-day Zambia, I Am Not a Witch is the satirical, provocative, and enchanting African tale of a young girl accused of being a witch. 

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: No Shade – Back by Popular Demand!

March 30, 2019 5:15pm

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

Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade provides a raw perspective on the issue of colourism and what happens when looking for love in the right place, goes wrong.

No Shade explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest. Jade is both effervescent and relatable as a 28 year old single woman of dark complexion who just “can’t seem to get it right,” let alone liberate herself from her unrequited love for the repressive and colorist Danny. The world through her eyes is both a quirky and tumultuous obstacle course of courtship catastrophes and heart-gripping silences. Despite Jade’s line up of Tinder flops and her challenges in the friend-zone, she is easy to engage with and adorable. Jade’s charisma, quirk, beauty, vulnerability and perseverance throughout the film make her a thoughtful heroine with a twist of comedic spunk in the end.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Beyond The Canon: The Fits + Picnic at Hanging Rock

March 30, 2019 7:00pm

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

The Fits
A tour-de-force of movement and mood, the mesmerizing feature debut from Anna Rose Holmer deploys lush, dizzying surrealism to portray a girl’s anxious initiation into adolescence. Entranced by the power and grace of the older girls on the dance team, eleven-year-old Toni eagerly joins the dance troupe at her community center—but things take a sinister turn when, one by one, they begin succumbing to a mysterious illness.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
Peter Weir put the Australian New Wave on the map with this hypnotic adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel in which the mystery of what happened to three schoolgirls who disappeared during a picnic on Valentine’s Day, 1900 haunts a community. Suffused with dreamlike dread, this spectrally beautiful, enigmatic tale of Victorian repression continues to tantalize.

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

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: The Green Book: Guide to Freedom + Q&A

March 30, 2019 7:30pm

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

Discover the real story of the Green Book, the guide that changed how black people traveled in America. The new documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, looks at how the historic travel guide helped black motorists. Q&A with director Yoruba Richen after the screening!

The Green Book: Guide To Freedom is a timely film on Green’s handbook of the same name. His guide listed over 9,500 venues where Black vacationers were welcome. But it’s only an afterthought in the fictional film that bears its title. Although that film wone Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) — it glosses over the significance of The Green Book in favor of narrowing the focus to the prevalence of White ignorance. That curious omission makes the origin story of The Green Book even more crucial. Director Yoruba Richen reveals it in a documentary that is equal parts proud and tragic.” Andrew Ricketts – BET

*Part of the African Diaspora International Film Festival Women's Month Series

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Foreign Body

March 31, 2019 2:00pm

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

Seeking refuge from her Islamist radical brother whom she informed on, a young woman arrives in France illegally following Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution and discovers a new world of both hope and danger, in the fourth feature from writer-director Raja Amari (Satin Rouge, Buried Secrets).

In the turbulent aftermath of the Tunisian revolution, young Samia (Sarra Hannachi) flees her homeland. She braves hostile seas in the crossing to France, but once there she finds that her struggles have only just begun. With no friends, no family, and – most crucially – no immigration papers, Samia has to figure out how to make a life and a living in a foreign land.

She meets a young man, Imed (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color), and soon finds work in the employ of the elegant Leila (the inimitable Hiam Abbass, The Lemon Tree). But her presence in Leila’s middle-class household triggers a shift in its dynamics, and soon Samia is enmeshed in a web of sexual tension.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Chocolat

March 31, 2019 4:00pm and April 5, 2019 9:15pm

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

Denis’ stunning debut feature finds her already in command of the suggestive, elliptical style that has become her signature. Informed by the filmmaker’s own experience growing up in West Africa, Chocolat explores the tensions—racial, social, and sexual—between colonizer and colonized as seen through the eyes of an eight-year-old French girl living in 1950s Cameroon and gradually awakening to the racism that surrounds her.

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

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams – Q&A

March 31, 2019 4:00pm

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

4pm – JOSEPHINE BAKER: Black Diva in a White Man’s World

A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn.

The film focuses on her life and work from a  perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.

4:45pm – MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND

Mary Lou Williams was a leading musical innovator determined to create in a world that only saw her race or gender. 

Q&A with director Carol Bash after the screening!

She was ahead of her time, a genius. During an era when Jazz was the nation’s popular music, Mary Lou Williams was one of its greatest innovators. As both a pianist and composer, she was a font of daring and creativity who helped shape the sound of 20th century America. And like the dynamic, turbulent nation in which she lived, Williams seemed to redefine herself with every passing decade.

From child prodigy to “Boogie-Woogie Queen” to groundbreaking composer to mentoring some of the greatest musicians of all time, Mary Lou Williams never ceased to astound those who heard her play. But away from the piano, Williams was a woman in a “man’s world,” a black person in a “whites only” society, an ambitious artist who dared to be different, and who struggled against the imperatives of being a “star.” Above all, she did not fit the (still) prevailing notions of where genius comes from or what it looks like. Time and again, she pushed back against a world that said, “You can’t” and said, “I can.” It nearly cost her everything.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me

March 31, 2019 6:30pm

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

This entertaining and moving musical documentary explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

35 Shots of Rum

March 31, 2019 7:00pm

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

Perhaps Denis’ most warmly human film to date centers on the touching bond between a widowed Parisian train driver and his devoted daughter as she prepares to leave home. Bathed in the golden hues of regular Denis collaborator Agnès Godard’s richly textured cinematography, this ineffably lovely domestic saga finds profound feeling in the subtlest intricacies of human interaction.

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

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