[Marxism] NY Brecht Forum film schedule

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 10 20:48:10 MDT 2005

P L E A S E     F O R W A R D    W I D E L Y

The Brecht Forum
451 West St.  (Betw Bank & Bethune)
New York, NY 10014

1,2,3 A,C to 14th st.
(212) 242- 4201

In this email:

August 11   Machetero
August 14   The Black and the Green   (Discussion with Filmmaker St.
                Clair Bourne)
August 16   The Spook Who Sat By The Door
August 17   Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
August 18   Fidel
August 21   Ashes and Embers  (Discussion with Filmmaker Haile Germia)
August 23   Shorts: Red Eye, Isolated Incidents & The Adventures of  Super 
Nigger: Episode I, The Final Chapter
August 24   As An Act of Protest
August 27   Sacco & Vanzetti Commemoration
Thursday, August 11
7:30 pm
Black August Festival


Discussion with Filmmaker Vagabond

  A brand new revolutionary drama from a young Nuyorican. How do 21st 
Century Urban Guerrillas come into being? The definitions,ideas and notions 
of terrorism in a post 9/11 world are challenged in this controversial and 
explosive film. A French journalist played by Isaach de Bankole (Ghost Dog, 
Coffee and Cigarettes, Mandalay) comes to New York to interview a so called 
"Puerto Rican terrorist" played by Not4Prophet (lead singer fo the Puerto 
Punk band Ricanstruction) about his decision to use violence as a means to 
free himself and his people. As they speak the next generation of 
Machetero, Kelvin Fernandez (in his first strarring role) may be growing up 
in the streets of the ghetto cultivated by a system that breeds an unending 
cycle of violence.

The film features songs written and performed by Ricanstruction with an 
original improvised score that moves from hardcore be-bop punk jazz to 
haunting and surreal Afro-Latin percussion.

  Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15

Sunday, August 14
4:00 pm
Black August Festival

The Black and the Green

Discussion with Filmmaker St. Clair Bourne

       The Black and the Green is a film about human rights, social change,
the role of religion, specifically in the Irish conflict -- from the
unique perspective of African-American observers. Set in 1986, the film
describes a journey of discovery by five African-Americans as they
travel to Northern Ireland. Arriving at Dublin and traveling to Belfast,
the group attempts to find the truth behind the headlines and seek out
common elements in that situation and the Black movement in the U.S..

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Tuesday, August 16
7:30 pm
Black August Festival

The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Discussion to Follow Screening

Adapted from Sam Greenlee's novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is a
cult classic that was named one of the most influential black films of
the 70s. Lead actor Larry Cook plays Dan Freeman, the first CIA-recruit
since the start of the agency. After an intense training and a
mind-strong career of five years, Freeman returns to the ghetto where he
grew up to plot a new American Revolution.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Wednesday, August 17
7:30 pm
Black August Festival

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

Discussion to Follow Screening

       This multi-award-winning film documents the dramatic life and
turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist,
suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period.
Ida B. Wells (1863-1931) was considered the equal of such well-known
contemporary African American leaders as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B.
DuBois. Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison reads selections from
Wells' memoirs and other writings.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Thursday, August 18
7:30 pm
Black August Festival


Discussion to Follow Screening

       Fidel Castro up close, personal and brilliant as ever--a unique
opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro
himself. Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss the
personality of the man. Former and current US government figures
including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman
Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical
perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba.
Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the personal life of Fidel.
We see him swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and
school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting
Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena
Vista Social Club.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Sunday, August 21
4:00 pm
Black August Festival

Ashes and Embers

Discussion with Filmmaker Haile Germia

This award-winning film is the story of a Vietnam veteran who, nearly a
decade later, begins to come to terms with his role in the war and his
role as a black person in America. His transformation from an embittered
ex-soldier to a strong and confident man is provoked and encouraged by
the love and chastisement of his grandmother and friends.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Tuesday, August 23
7:30 pm
Black August Festival

Selected Shorts:
Red Eye, Isolated Incidents & The Adventures of Super Nigger: Episode I,
The Final Chapter

Discussion to Follow Screening

       This evening we will present a selection of strong and creative short
films--some drama, some comedy, some documentary--by young black
filmmakers. Films include:
Red Eye directed by Kevin Gordon. What goes through a person's mind in
the blink of an eye? Could you let an assumption made in a split second
influence your judgment? Red Eye deals with several different issues in
our culture, including prejudice, xenophobia, in a silent manner, yet is
powerful enough to be felt with or without volume.
Isolated Incidents, directed by retired comedian Kahil Shkymba,
expresses the sentiment of the countless people across the country who
are affected by police abuse of power.
The Adventures of Super Nigger is directed by Alrick Brown. The title of
this film often catches people off guard, but it should be understood
that "Super N" is an allegory about the shooting death of Amadou Diallo
and the title fits into the larger context of the film and the life of
the filmmaker.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Wednesday, August 24
7:30 pm
Black August Festival

As An Act of Protest

Discussion to Follow Screening

       This intense and visceral feature film is a clear 'line in the sand'
which demands the eradication of racism. The story follows Cairo Medina,
a young black actor and his journey to escape the psychological torture
of colonization by searching for ways to counter the effects of racism
and police brutality before they destroy him.

Suggested donation: $6/$10/$15
Saturday, August 27
7:30 pm

Outcry for Justice:
Poetry in the Struggle for Freedom of Sacco and Vanzetti

(Created and Directed by Paula Panzarella)

August 23 marks the 78th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and 
Bartolomeo Vanzetti. "The two Italian immigrant anarchists had been tried 
and found guilty of a 1920 payroll robbery that left two people dead. The 
state argued that Sacco and Vanzetti were terrorists who carried out the 
robbery to get money for weapons. Evidence against them only established 
that they were guilty of selling copies of Luigi Galleani's Cronaca 
Sovversiva, a newspaper which advocated the deed. Guilt by association was 
enough. While protests and an international movement to free the men 
managed to delay the executions for seven years, the state's thirst for 
blood was not to be denied.

On the evening of their execution, in 1927, mass rallies took place in 
numerous cities. For decades, the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti stood as a 
testament to the violence of the state and the disregard for real freedom, 
truth and justice in the so-called liberal democracies. Each year, people 
gather to mark the date of the executions and speak out against ongoing 
exploitation and oppression. " (Jeff Shantz)

Join us at the Brecht Forum for an evening of performances and commentary 
on the lives and deaths of  Sacco and Vanzetti.

Cast: Marlene Buchanan, Joan Cavanagh, Stephen Kobasa, Frank Panzarella, 
Tony Rosso, Sylvia Forges Ryan, Glenn Stevens and Maggie Testa.  With 
mandolin and guitar accompaniment.

Paula Panzarella, is a New Haven resident, performance poet, freelance 
writer and social justice activist. She has edited poetry anthologies 
including the three volumes of Poems on the Road to Peace, poetry presented 
a the Yale University Peabody Museum's 2002-2004 celebrations of the legacy 
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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