Film Series

Past Film Series
  • Infinite Horizons: The Films of Werner Herzog

    November 9, 2023–February 28, 2024

    A major retrospective of German filmmaker Werner Herzog, which launched in November 2023, continues through February 2024. Herzog’s great facility for storytelling and his fascination with eccentric characters, whose lives and endeavors he observes, allow him to illuminate the human condition in his narrative and nonfiction films. 

  • In Focus: Werner Herzog and the Documentary Form

    Lecture & Screening Series

    January 24–February 28, 2024

    This lecture & screening series focuses on six nonfiction works spanning Werner Herzog’s iconoclastic career. We are delighted to welcome film critic and journalist Michael Fox, who will offer a short lecture before each film and lead the post-screening discussions.

  • Skip Norman Here and There

    January 25–February 29, 2024

    Bringing together Skip Norman’s work as a cinematographer and a filmmaker, from his collaborations with his DFFB cohort to films made in the United States, Skip Norman Here and There is a rare opportunity to reconsider the work of a groundbreaking Black filmmaker.

  • Documentary Voices 2024

    February 7–April 24, 2024

    Our annual series features an international array of recent and historical documentaries and nonfiction films.

  • Edward Yang’s Taipei Stories

    March 1–April 20, 2024

    Replete with new restorations, Edward Yang’s Taipei Stories offers the opportunity to see all seven of the director’s brilliantly constructed, emotionally resonant films—cornerstones of the Taiwanese New Wave with enduring universal appeal.

  • Tell No Lies: Decolonizing Cinema in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique

    March 2–April 24, 2024

    Tell No Lies explores the birth of African cinema through a selection of diverse films on the liberation struggles of the former Portuguese colonies of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique, as well as contemporary films that continue to consider the legacy of colonialism.

  • Sembène 100

    March 3–April 21, 2024

    A centennial tribute featuring new digital restorations and rare 35mm prints in honor of the great filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, whose cinema is about Senegal coming into its own as a nation. Rebellious and committed, Sembène paved the way for generations of African filmmakers.

  • In Focus: The Fatal Alliance—A Century of War on Film

    March 6–March 27, 2024

    We welcome film historian David Thomson back to BAMPFA for this lecture/screening series following the publication of his new book, The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film. Thomson offers a lecture before each film and leads the post-screening discussions.

  • Barry Jenkins Presents The Underground Railroad

    March 15–17, 2024

    Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person at BAMPFA this March. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

  • Nicolás Pereda Selects: Recent Films from Mexico

    March 20–May 2, 2024

    Impressed with the wealth of great Mexican movies in the last decade, we asked filmmaker Nicolás Pereda to select some of his favorites, along with a program of his own short films, to screen at BAMPFA this spring.

  • Viva Varda!

    March 23–May 5, 2024

    A towering figure of world cinema, Agnès Varda (1928–2019) had a long and wonderfully productive career as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. This series provides an opportunity to view many of her major accomplishments. Varda’s short films, showcased here in two programs, are a must-see to gain a full appreciation of her bold and creative approach to filmmaking.

  • 67th San Francisco International Film Festival at BAMPFA

    April 25–28, 2024

    BAMPFA is an official partner of the 67th San Francisco International Film Festival presented by SFFILM.