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“The filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies” (NPR), Rosine Mbakam turns the camera on her own remarkable mother and her generation in this captivating documentary. With Haminiaina Ratovoarivony’s short Razana.
Acclaimed Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Nicolás Pereda returns to BAMPFA with this film/performance/lecture on the life and work of one “C. B.,” an artist, political activist, amateur archeologist, and anarchist.
In his latest film, Rithy Panh reflects on the search for peace after tragic loss—in this case, the Cambodian genocide, in which most of his family perished. “At once emotionally overwhelming, visually ravishing, and intellectually stimulating” (Hollywood Reporter).
Trinh T. Minh-ha’s essayistic work explores Japan’s everyday life and rituals with her usual sense of lyricism, investigation, and play. “Functions as a recurrent melody, appealing to all the senses” (Locarno Film Festival).
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This direct cinema study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in Boston slyly underlines the materialism at the heart of the American dream, and revolutionized the documentary form in the 1960s. “Its broader diagnosis has lost none of its truth” (Village Voice).
Decaying archival films from Guinea-Bissau’s 1960s war of independence were digitized and screened in the places where the original footage was shot. The resulting film is “a tribute, a documentary, and an excavation” (New York Times).
A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary. “A must-see! An atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire). With Ellen Spiro and Cheryl Dunye’s short DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX.
New York City, imposing and anonymous, serves as the visual counterpoint to Chantal Akerman’s reading of her own mother’s letters in this personal, beautifully photographed film. With Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum’s short Measures of Distance.
The invisible border that the Amazon River forms between Colombia, Brazil, and Peru is the main character in Maya Da-Rin’s beautiful film, which moves between nature, culture, and commerce. With Jesse Lerner and Scott Sterling’s short Natives.
Three short works that expand the nonfiction form: Vincent Carelli and Mari Corrêa’s Video in the Villages Presents Itself, on indigenous media in Brazil; Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s The Black Cave, exploring Puerto Rico’s Paso del Indio; and Laura Huertas Millán’s La libertad, taking its structure from the pre-Hispanic backstrap loom.