Committed Cinema: Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris (E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, VINTAGE: Families of Value) situates stories of his own family within larger contexts to open possibilities of political action and social change. He visits BAM/PFA to present two of his visually striking and insightful essay films and discuss his new groundbreaking documentary on African American photographers with UC Berkeley professor Leigh Raiford, author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle.

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Past Films

  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    • Wednesday, April 15 7:30 PM
    Thomas Allen Harris

    Harris’s interest in photography, dates to his grandfather, an amateur photographer, and extends to his newest film, a counter-history of photography in the United States, drawing on the research of Deborah Willis and her groundbreaking book Reflections in Black.

  • Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: A Son's Tribute to Unsung Heroes

    • Tuesday, April 14 7 PM
    Thomas Allen Harris
    South Africa, U.S., 2005

    Harris chronicles the life of his stepfather, who left South Africa in 1960 with eleven others to gain support abroad for the African National Congress and the anti-apartheid movement. “Something of a miracle” (Time Out).