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Spirits of Rebellion

Thu, May 25, 19:30 to 21:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom B

Abstract

SPIRITS OF REBELLION: BLACK CINEMA FROM UCLA documents a group of critically acclaimed, but relatively unknown black filmmakers named the Los Angeles Rebellion by film historians. The 50 filmmakers associated with this movement – including Zeinabu - attended UCLA between the “Watts riots” of 1965 and the “urban uprising” in LA that followed the Rodney King verdict in 1992. Headlined by Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Jamaa Fanaka, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Barbara McCullough, Ben Caldwell, Alile Sharon Larkin and Larry Clark, the LA Rebellion filmmakers collectively imagined and created a black cinema against the conventions of Hollywood and Blaxploitation films. They are the first sustained movement in the United States by a collective of minority filmmakers who reimagined the production process to represent, reflect and enrich the daily lives of people in their own communities. Through their story, SPIRITS reframes the history of American independent film through the lens of race.

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