Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

Creating a Different Image: Black Women’s Filmmaking of the 1970s-90s

As part of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies’ “Open Classroom” series, which invites members of the public to participate in UChicago class screenings and discussions, Professor Field’s course “Creating a Different Image: Black Women’s Filmmaking of the 1970s-90s” presents nine programs of groundbreaking films by Black women. Many of the films shown at the 1976 festival are rarely screened, and this series will provide a platform for films that have, for too long, been overlooked. In addition to the original festival films, the series will feature later work made by festival participants such as Camille Billops and Ayoka Chenzira as well as other thematically resonant films made in the 1970-90s by directors such as Alile Sharon Larkin, Kathleen Collins, Julie Dash, Barbara McCullough, S. Pearl Sharp, and Anita W. Addison. For these events, students in the course will write program notes, formally introduce the screenings, and then moderate Q&A afterwards, inviting discussion from attendees.
Film program links below.
January 5: Black Women Behind the Lens
Featuring films by Yvonne Welbon, Hortense “Tee” Beveridge, Madeline Anderson, Pearl Bowser, Louise Fleming, and Monica Freeman.

Program Notes

January 12: Tribute Paid to Womanist Mentors and Other Artists I
Featuring films by Kathe Sandler, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Julie Dash, and Yvonne Welbon.

Program Notes

January 19: Tribute Paid to Womanist Mentors and Other Artists II
Featuring films by Ayoka Chenzira, Cheryl Fabio, Michelle Parkerson, Iman Uqdah Hameen, and Debra Robinson.

Program Notes

January 26: A Sense of Place
Featuring films by Monica Freeman, Jackie Shearer, and Kathleen Collins.

Program Notes


February 2: Adaptation and Beyond
Featuring films by Julie Dash, Anita W. Addison, and Liz White.


February 9: Expanded Practices
Featuring films by Carol Munday Lawrence, Ayoka Chenzira, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Zeinabu irene Davis, Alile Sharon Larkin, Barbara McCullough, and Zora Lathan.


February 19: Family Stories
Featuring films by Camille Billops & James Hatch, Omah Diegu, Jacqueline Frazier, and Carolyn Johnson & Larry Bullard.


February 26: Social Engagement
Featuring films by Edie Lynch, Linda Gibson, Shirikiana Aina, and Alile Sharon Larkin.


March 2: Interior Lives
Featuring films by S. Pearl Sharp, Zeinabu irene Davis, Melvonna Ballenger, Fronza Woods, Aarin Burch, Yvonne Welbon, and Cauleen Smith. Welbon in conversation with filmmakers.

The screening series is presented by the Film Studies Center, Sisters in Cinema, and South Side Projections, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

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