A Choice of Weapons: The Films of Gordon Parks

November 3–December 1, 2017

This series focuses on celebrated photographer Gordon Parks’s groundbreaking and powerful work as a filmmaker.

  • The Learning Tree

  • Shaft

  • Solomon Northup's Odyssey

  • Diary of a Harlem Family

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Past Films

  • Solomon Northup’s Odyssey

    • Friday, December 1 4 PM
    Gordon Parks
    United States, 1984

    Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s made-for-TV drama predates 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. It has “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake” (Bilge Ebiri).

  • Shaft

    • Sunday, November 19 7 PM
    Gordon Parks
    United States, 1971

    A black private eye holds his own against underworld kings and corrupt cops in Gordon Parks’s seminal blaxploitation opus, with an Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes.

    Introduction by Maya Raiford Cohen

  • The Learning Tree

    • Friday, November 17 4 PM
    Gordon Parks
    United States, 1969

    The first Hollywood studio film directed by an African American, The Learning Tree is Gordon Parks’s semiautobiographical portrait of black youth, racial discrimination, and masculinity in Depression-era Kansas.

    Introduction by Stephanie Cannizzo

  • Moments Without Proper Names

    • Friday, November 3 4 PM
    Gordon Parks
    United States, 1986

    In this beautiful, expressionistic essay film, Gordon Parks reflects on how America shaped him, from his childhood on a Kansas farm to the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. With shorts Flavio and Diary of a Harlem Family.