Queer Black Films: Looking for Langston and Two Films by Hayat Hyatt
An intergenerational pairing of film and video works explores black queer inheritance and desire through Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston and two films by Hayat Hyatt.
Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (1989) is a lyrical meditation on Langston Hughes and other black queer figures from the Harlem Renaissance. Filmmaker Hayat Hyatt will also present two of his films: Villanelle (2015), which blends documentary, poetry, and found footage to delve into the history of the AIDS crisis and its impact on black gay men living in New York City; and Structures of Feeling: Other Countries (2019). Hyatt, a video artist, filmmaker, and writer who was born in Detroit, Michigan and is now based in New York City, will join us for the screening.
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