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Quiet As It's Kept und I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Film still from I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: A portrait of James Baldwin.

Tue 16.01.

  • Director

    Ja’Tovia Gary

  • USA / 2023
    26 min. / DCP / Original version

Quiet As It’s Kept

Ja'Tovia Gary's latest award winning short is an intoxicating examination of Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. QUIET AS IT'S KEPT utilizes a range of filmic techniques to meditate on ideas such as the gaze and the contemporary embodied experience of Black women. (kw)

  • Director

    Dick Fontaine, Pat Hartley

  • USA / 1982
    95 min. / DCP / Original version with German subtitles

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Dick Fontaine follows James Baldwin on an epic journey through haunted spaces of the southern US where crucial events in the fight for civil rights took place. Though Baldwin’s presence and words guide this emotional trip, he is often the one asking questions, making room for others to speak. An astonishing array of civil rights activists, leaders and writers—including his brother David—join Baldwin at the sites of traumatic turning points, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and Philadelphia, Mississippi.  and presence to events that inevitably recall more recent crimes. Alongside the violence, Baldwin also finds wisdom and community, bravery and determination, joy and creativity. Unlike the “irrelevant” civil rights monuments Baldwin decries, this film stands as a vital, moving testament to the multitude of horrors, victories and voices that make up a complicated, endless battle. (Brittany Gravely)

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