Modern Mondays: An Evening with Haile Gerima
Where: Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St.
212-708-9400 Price: $12
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Filmmaker Haile Gerima returns to MoMA for the first time since 2006 for a screening and discussion of his film Ashes & Embers. Released in 1982 and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983, the film was never fully distributed in theaters until this year (in a newly restored print). Ashes tells the story of an African American Vietnam veteran struggling to negotiate a future for himself amid the racially charged landscapes of Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Through its nuanced portrayal of an individual’s growing disillusionment in the face of racialized—and often government-sanctioned—violence and continued economic disenfranchisement, Ashes and Embers explores themes that remain all too relevant today. Gerima, a professor at Howard University and a vocal advocate for African American representation onscreen, will join Dessane Cassell, Joint Curatorial Fellow, MoMA Department of Film and The Studio Museum in Harlem, for a discussion of Gerima’s film, forthcoming projects, and his experiences as a prominent figure of the LA Rebellion movement of the 1970s.Buy tickets/get more info now