In a career spanning over three decades, Pratibha Parmar has created a fascinating and diverse body of work, including experimental film and video, documentary, and television, bringing to light the stories of fellow activists, artists, and writers. In a 2017 profile of Parmar for Girls in Film, Roberta Graham described her work as “a key component in a history of creative resistance,” asserting that her “work examines the creativity of women of colour alongside the politics of oppression, to give a voice to the marginalized, telling their untold stories often with the view of depicting the strength of womanhood. Influenced by her personal history—being of Indian descent and . . . from a family history of migration across three continents—themes of diaspora, colonization and persecution lie at the heart of much of her work.”
The completion of Parmar’s new documentary, My Name Is Andrea, an essential and timely corrective to the historical record concerning the late writer and activist Andrea Dworkin—described by John Berger as “perhaps the most misrepresented writer in the Western world”—provides a welcome opportunity to invite the filmmaker to share her work at BAMPFA. In addition to the new film, Parmar presents her award-winning 1991 documentary A Place of Rage, featuring intimate conversations with Angela Y. Davis, Alice Walker, June Jordan, and Trinh T. Minh-ha, along with two of her groundbreaking short films—Sari Red, a powerful cinematic response to a racist hate crime, and Khush, an exuberant celebration of being queer and of color.
—Kate MacKay, Associate Film Curator