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Black Echoes and Imperatives: Short Films by Cauleen Smith

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A program of nine films that circle around urgent Black voices both real and imagined, ranging from the present to the past and from renowned political activists to artistic visionaries. Included are H-E-L-L-O (2014), which re-envisions a somewhat revived New Orleans through a series of musical street tableaux; one of Smith’s earliest and best-known films Chronicles of a Lying Spirit by Kelly Gabron (1992); the poignant and elegiac Crow Requiem (2015); the redolent utopian testament Pilgrim (2017); and 3 Songs About Liberation (2017), Human 3.0 Reading List Biblio (2015-16), Sine at the Canyon & Sine at the Sea (2016), The Name You Trust in Good Clean Family Fun (2011) and T Minus Two (2010). Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with Jheanelle Brown after the screening. 

Digital, color/b&w, total running time: approx. 67 min.

Copresented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Organized by Steve Anker.