IMAGE: Whale Rider, 2002.

Whale Rider: Green Screen Film Series

In Whale Rider, a Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people.

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IMAGE: Alva Rogers as Eula Peazant (right), Trula Hoosier as Trula (center), and Barbara-O as Yellow Mary Peazant in Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash. Photograph courtesy of Cohen Film Collection.

Daughters of the Dust: Green Screen Film Series

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a multigenerational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina—former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions—struggle to maintain their heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland. This acclaimed film was the first wide release by a black female filmmaker.

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IMAGE: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series

Educator and activist Angela Davis, whose affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers landed her on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, challenged perceptions of political freedom in America. In this intimate film, she tells her own stories.

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IMAGE: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Chisholm ’72—Unbought & Unbossed: With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series

The nation’s first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Shirley Chisholm launches a campaign for the U.S. presidency in 1972 and garners impressive support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters.

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IMAGE: Leaning into the Wind, 2017.

Leaning Into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy

Leaning into the Wind follows the ephemeral land artist Andy Goldsworthy as he introduces his own body into larger projects, and his work becomes more fragile and personal while at the same time sterner and tougher.

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