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Friday,  
Oct. 1
7:30 pm



 

HARLEM HOMEGROWN
Films for Harlem, by Harlem or about Harlem

Hosted by Michael Henry Adams, Harlem Historian and co-curator of our annual Homo-Harlem film series.

The Polymath, or, the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman
Dir. Fred Barney Taylor, 2007, 75 min.
Throughout this sprawling portrait of prolific novelist, professor and literary critic, Samuel R. Delany, one can't help but wonder how Delany found the time -- between grooming his prodigious beard, his amorous dalliances and being highly dyslexic -- to write over twenty works of fiction, eleven works of non-fiction, and two memoirs, finding his way into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Using a range of experimental techniques and borrowed footage from Delany's home movies, Fred Barney Taylor document's Delany's life growing up in a prominent Harlem household, his coming of age in the East Village where he enthusiastically sampled the radical sexual, cultural, and artistic freedom of the early sixties, and his reception as a major figure in American literature.

AFTER THE MOVIE:
Conversation with Samuel Delany and filmmaker Fred Barney Taylor, with Michael Henry Adams, moderator.

 

Saturday,  
Oct. 2
7:30 pm



 

Faux Real
Truth-telling in Narrative Film


Nothing But a Man
Dir. Michael Roemer, 1964, 92 min.
"A landmark independent film, Nothing but a Man is the first dramatic story featuring a largely black cast created for an integrated audience (the work of black filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux was intended for audiences who patronized black-only theaters). White filmmakers Michael Roemer and Robert M. Young traveled through the South in 1962 in search of ideas for a fiction feature set during the growing turbulence of the civil rights era. Their story, based in Alabama but shot in southern New Jersey, is only tangentially related to the movement toward equality. Duff, an itinerant black railroad laborer (Ivan Dixon), romances and marries Josie, a small-town preacher's daughter (Abbey Lincoln). Duff insists on being treated with respect, but his stance is personal rather than political. After he settles down in the town with Josie, he comes up against white bosses who want to make sure he knows his place and black men such as Josie's father who don't want to rock the boat for fear of losing what little advantage they have. Duff's relationship with his own father, Julius Harris, a broken-down drunk living in Birmingham, teaches him valuable lessons about dignity and self-worth." - Tom Wiener, All Movie Guide

 

Sunday,  
Oct. 3
7:00 pm
Tickets - $8!


 

Manhattan Short Film Festival - You Be The Judge!

The Maysles Cinema will be one of five venues in NYC and New Jersey screening the 10 finalists from the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Sunday 3rd October at 7pm. Already screened in 203 cities spanning 6 continents from Beijing, Sydney to London and in over one hundred cities in all 50 states of the USA, the winning short film will be announced that night at 10pm EST. So come on down and cast your vote.

Free beer - sponsored by Stella Artois!

Festival website>

 

Monday,  
Oct. 4
7:00 pm


 

DOC WATCHERS
Curated by Hellura Lyle


Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man
Dir. Robin Shuffield, 2006, 52 min.
Sankara, a charismatic army captain, came to power in Burkina Faso, in 1983, in a popularly supported coup. He immediately launched the most ambitious program for social and economic change ever attempted on the African continent. To symbolize this rebirth, he even renamed his country from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, "Land of Upright Men." This film offers a detailed history of Sankara's revolutionary program for African self-reliance as a defiant alternative to the neo-liberal development strategies imposed on Africa by the West, both then and today.

AFTER THE MOVIE:
Reception!

 

Wednesday,  
Oct. 6th
7:30 pm



 

FREE LYNNE STEWART!
Screening, Discussion, Call to Action
A portion of the proceeds go to Lynne Stewart's defense fund.


Lynne Stewart - An American Story
Dir. Francis Van Den Heuvel, 2009, 78 min.
Lynne Stewart has served tirelessly as a defense attorney for those who have had the greatest difficulty obtaining adequate representation - indigent and working class New Yorkers as well as controversial and sometimes unpopular figures who are up against powerful interests. In 2005, Lynne Stewart found herself in the position of defendant, at the center of the Bush administration's attack on the American justice system in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Her case brought into question strongly held judicial traditions like habeas corpus and the right of a defendant to have adequate legal counsel. Her conviction (originally two years, re-sentenced to ten years) has far reaching implications for the legal rights and freedom of speech of all Americans. While the film provides a detailed account of her case, the discussion to follow will provide an update and call to action around her current situation. Stewart, in her early seventies with health concerns, was recently denied a request to be moved from a facility in Texas to one in Connecticut in order to be closer to friends and family. At a time when this remarkable woman ought to be surrounded by family and celebrated by all for her contributions to the movement for social justice, she is instead engaged in a struggle for her life.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with Ralph Poynter (Retired Private Investigator, Lynne's partner and soulmate), Brenna Stewart (Lawyer, Lynne and Ralph's daughter), Ramsay Clarke (former US Attorney General), Colia Clark (Green Party Candidate for US Senate, NY Seat), Betty Davis (co-founder of New Abolitionist Movement), Lisa Davis (Take Back WBAI committee), and many other friends and supporters of Lynne Stewart.

 

Thursday,  
Oct. 7th
7:30 pm


 

Operation Small Axe
In memory of Oscar Grant (1986-2009)

Dir. Adimu Madyun, 2009, 71 min.
In true citizen journalistic style, Operation Small Axe takes the camera to the streets and gives a detailed account of the shooting of 23 year-old Oscar Grant by a member of the Oakland Police Department on New Years Day 2009. Grant's shooting at the Fruitvale BART (subway) station was witnessed by dozens of train passengers and was captured on camera phone by a passerby. In the wake of Grant's death and the release of the video that documented it and word of mouth, multitudes protested in neighborhoods and streets of the Bay Area--and in some cases, across the nation--demanding justice for Oscar Grant. In decrying the many instances of injustice experienced by black American communities on the part of law enforcement, the filmmakers draw parallels with the brutality of occupation in war-ravaged places like Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. The film takes its title from the words of Bob Marley: "If you are a big tree, we are the small axe, sharpened to cut you down." With footage of interviews and talks with community members, youth, and prominent California public figures, such as political activist and academic Angela Davis and former congresswoman and U.S. presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney.

AFTER THE MOVIE:
Q&A with Prisoners of Conscience Committee Minister of Information, JR

 


Painting by JP Mika, courtesy of the Horvath collection



CONGO IN HARLEM 2
October 8th - October 23rd

   Congo in Harlem 2 is the second annual series of Congo-related films and events at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. This year's program showcases a wide range of films by Congolese and international directors, representing the most important issues facing the Democratic Republic of Congo today. Most screenings will be followed by panel discussions, special events, musical performances, and receptions. Congo in Harlem 2 will provide audiences with more than the traditional movie-going experience -- it will offer opportunities to celebrate Congolese culture, learn about the ongoing humanitarian crisis, engage in dialogue, and get involved.

Highlights of the program include: October 8th and 9th, Monique Mbeka Phoba, a Belgian-based Congolese filmmaker, will present her films A Bewitched Life and Between the Cup and the Elections. On October 17th, we will kick off Break the Silence: Congo Week with a special screening by Cultures of Resistance and a tribute to legendary soukous singer Kanda Bongo Man, who will be attendance. On October 23rd, there will be an engaging panel discussion focused on solutions to the child soldier problem, featuring Ishmael Beah (author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) and Jimmie Briggs (author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War). The closing night film will be Thierry Michel's expose of mining operations in Congo, Katanga Business, followed by a panel with Peter Rosenblum (Professor of Human Rights Law, Columbia University) and other special guests. Please visit our website for the latest updates and schedule additions.

Special exhibit in cinema lobby: Photographs from North Kivu, DRC by Robert Garner and Mary McFarland.

Congo in Harlem 2
is supported by VDAY, the Caipirinha Foundation, and other organizations. Ticket will be sold on the basis of suggested donation and the proceeds from each event will be contributed to NGOs and organizations working in Congo.

Series Partners: Friends of the Congo, Now AfriCAN, Tabilulu Productions, V-Day, Cultures of Resistance, The New York African Film Festival, HEAL Africa, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Icarus Films, Congo Global Action, Museum for African Art, and Yole!Africa.

Take Action -- Bring a used cellphone to be recycled and receive a free gift!

Congo in Harlem 2 webpage>

Friday,  
Oct. 8
7:30 pm



 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

A Bewitched Life
Dir. Monique Mbeka Phoba, 2004, 52 min
Monique Mbeka Phoba, the director of the film, spent part of her childhood in Zaire (DR Congo), where witchcraft plays an integral role in people's lives. After moving to Belgium, she lost touch with this aspect of her culture, in part because her parents kept her away from it, even though they were believers themselves. Phoba emabarks on a journey back to her roots, guided by an 84-year old man accused of being a witch in his childhood. Through frank discussions between Phoba and those close to her, the film follows the rhythms of its maker's search to find the meaning of witchcraft in Congo.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with director Monique Mbeka Phoba, moderated by Mahen Bonetti (Executive Director of The New York African Film Festival) and opening night reception featuring music by Isaac Katalay and sponsored by Sugar Hill Ale.


Evening Co-Presented by The New York African Film Festival and V-day

 

A Bewitched Life
performer Isaac Katalay

Saturday,  
Oct. 9
7:30 pm



 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Between the Cup and the Election
Dir. Monique Mbeka Phoba and Guy Kabeya Muya, 2008, 56 min
Inspired by the 2006 elections in Congo, a group of film students sets out to make a film. They track down members of the 1974 Leopards, Zaire's national soccer squad, the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to qualify for the World Cup. After a dismal first round performance -- the Leopards were outscored 14-0 in three games -- the players returned home in disgrace and drifted into obscurity. The team's captain, however, has fared better and is running for political office in Kinshasa. Deftly weaving past and present, Between the Cup and the Election offers a personal and endearing study of the intersection between sport and politics.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with director Monique Mbeka Phoba, moderated by Jimmie Briggs (journalist, Congo activist, and author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War) and reception.


Evening Co-Presented by V-Day

 
 

MASTER CLASS
October 13th - 15th
A series dedicated to major contributors to the documentary film tradition

Eric V. Tait, Jr.

The goal of the bi-monthly series Masterclass is to identify and survey exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens. Eric V. Tait Jr’s career as journalist (print, network and independent television), documentary filmmaker, media watchdog and advocate for excellence in journalism and documentary film, comprises a robust contribution to the documentary tradition, through his own work and the paths he created for others to follow. Wearing the hat of organizer and media activist, Mr. Tait crafted the panels that follow his films himself, placing greater concern for how his work can be employed in examining current social issues and the media’s representation of them than receiving congratulations and praise for his 40 years in media. Mr. Tait says it best: “The goal is to use my 40th Anniversary Retrospective to take a good hard look at where we've been, what's been gained and/or lost, and what's now in store for all of us.”

 

Wednesday,  
Oct. 13
7:30 pm



 

MASTERCLASS: Eric V. Tait, Jr.

OUR WORLD-Fear & Frustration: Winter 1952
Dir. Eric V. Tait, Jr., 1987, 58 min.
An unpopular war (Korea), xenophobia, Communist witch-hunts, restrictive and still racist Immigration Laws and Policies... a riveting one hour look at a time when fear ruled in the USA; a time that unfortunately now seems to be repeating itself...

Panel Discussion:
XENOPHOBIA RIDES AGAIN

Attorneys and Journalist-Filmmakers discuss Xenophobia in the US today: Islamophobia (e.g. the lower-Manhattan Mosque), the Patriot Act, racist immigration laws and policies, how it all affects Constitutional Rights and individual liberties, and the role of media in alerting the general public to possible dangers now, as it unfolds, NOT 35 years later.

PANELISTS: Attorneys Abdeen Jabara and Alison Berry; Educator Debbie Almontaser; Documentarian/Media Critics Danny Schechter and Eric V. Tait, Jr.; Michelle Materre (moderator).

 

Thursday,  
Oct. 14
7:30 pm



 

MASTERCLASS: Eric V. Tait, Jr.

Across The River with Hedrick Smith
Dir. Eric V. Tait, Jr., 1995, 57 min.
An uplifting look at the Anacostia section of Washington, DC and its modern struggle to break the yoke and legacy of the Slavery/Jim Crow system that Inner-City residents continually battle: from lack of economic opportunity and gentrification, to uncaring, discriminatory Policing and Criminal Justice practices.

Panel Discussion:
WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Activists, Elected Officials, and Journalist-Filmmakers discuss what's changed for the Inner City Residents, especially Harlemites since the mid-1990s: Gentrification, the NYPDs Stop & Frisk Program, Empowerment Zones-- who's really benefited in the past 15 years, and what's in our future? How's the story being told?

PANELISTS: Attorney Bonita Zelman; City Council Member, 8th District, Melissa Mark-Viverito; Filmmaker Duana Butler, Pearl Barkley; author and activist Herb Boyd (moderator).

 

Friday,  
Oct. 15
7:00 pm



 

MASTERCLASS: Eric V. Tait, Jr.

Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home (Pt. 1)
Dir. Eric V. Tait, Jr., 2000, 90 min.
The last film that the legendary Lena Horne worked on, As Texas tries to propagate textbooks that re-write an even more exclusionary version of American History, and the Elmendorf Reformed Church, the oldest church in Harlem (est. 1660) battles to reclaim and restore it's 330-year old Colonial African Burial Ground -another chapter of that untold American History- we look at that history with a more in-depth and inclusive perspective.

Panel Discussion:
WHO TELLS (& WHO "SELLS") THE STORY?

Educators, activists, elected officials and journalist-filmmakers discuss the state of public education, political power and education decisions, inclusive/non-inclusive American History (and the lack of mandated history/social studies curricula in NY State), Glen Beck and the Fox faux-news' attempts at usurping the Civil Rights movement, and other related highly crucial issues...

PANELISTS: NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills (moderator); Dr. Alan Singer, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hofstra University; Rev Patricia Singletary, Pastor of East Harlem's Elmendorf Church; educational consultant Gene Peterson; City Councilman Robert Jackson.

Followed by reception sponsored by Harlem's own Sugar Hill Ale.

 

Saturday,  
Oct. 16
7:30 pm



 

1428
Dir. Du Haibin, 2009, 116 min.
"This is independent documentary at its most sophisticated." - Shelly Kraicer, Vancouver International Film Festival
Du Haibin's award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China's Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy. The Great Sichuan Earthquake took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008, causing 70,000 deaths and 375,000 casualties. Days later, Du Haibin visited Sichuan to capture the devastation as well as the recovery effort. Survivors were reduced to salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, selling scrap metal for pennies, and pillaging homes. Seven months later, as the nation celebrated Chinese New Year, Du returned to see how life had changed in the stricken villages. Sidestepping the highly controlled media tours, Du found scenes not seen on official TV, exposing the gap between the Party's promises and the disaster victims' reality.
  Using a poetic, elliptical narrative structure, Du Haibin delivers a vision of human devastation that is "fascinating, beautifully crafted" (Ronnie Scheib, Variety). Beyond describing the disaster and its consequences, the director also examines the prominence of media and consumerism in contemporary China: tourists buy DVDs of horrific post-earthquake footage, souvenir albums of corpses, and pose for photos at sites of the highest death tolls. Du depicts a world in chaos, both material and moral. "Without judgment but with a deep compassion for their subjects, the lmmakers of 1428 bring us a myriad of individual stories of absurdity, confusion and grief" (Cherise Fong, CNN).


AFTER THE SCREENING:
Conversation with director Du Haibin

 
1428




Dir. Du Haibin

Sunday,  
Oct. 17
7:00 pm



 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Congo Week Kick-Off!

Cultures of Resistance: Congo Week
Dir. Iara Lee, 2010, 4min.
A short film about Friends of the Congo and their efforts to raise consciousness about the situation and support Congolese institutions working for peace. Special Performance: IMPACT Repertory Theatre IMPACT Repertory Theatre, an Oscar nominated youth performance group, will be giving a special Congo Week performance in collaboration with Friends of the Congo.

Special Performance: IMPACT Repertory Theatre
IMPACT Repertory Theatre, an Oscar nominated youth performance group, will be giving a special Congo Week performance in collaboration with Friends of the Congo.

An Evening with Kanda Bongo Man
A sneak peak at a new documentary about popular soukous singer Kanda Bongo Man, along with a short selection of music videos and interviews. Kanda Bongo Man will be in attendance, along with Lubangi Muniania, founder of Tabilulu Productions, the record label that released Kanda's latest album, Non-Stop Feeling.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with Kanda Bongo Man and Lubangi Muniania (founder of Tabilulu Productions) & Congo Week Kick-Off Reception


Evening Co-Presented by Cultures of Resistance, Tabilulu Productions, and Friends of the Congo

 

Impact Repertory Theatre

Kanda Bongo Man

Monday,  
Oct. 18
7:30 pm

 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Congo in Four Acts
Dirs. Kiripi Katembo Siku, Dieudo Hamadi, Patrick Ken Kalala, Davita Wa Lusala, 2010, 69min.
Four short films made by Congolese filmmakers who set out to create an alternative to the snapshots of horror and desperation that have come to characterize their country.

  Ladies in Waiting
  Directed by Dieudo Hamadi & Divita Wa Lusala
An embattled hospital manager negotiates collateral with a group of new mothers being held at the hospital until they can pay their medical bills.

  Symphony Kinshasa
  Directed by Kiripi Katembo Siku
Siku takes a poetic, unflinching eye to the streets of Kinshasa, Congo's capitol. Stagnant puddles, heaps of trash, and bare electrical wires expose the city's imploding infrastructure and absence of public services.

  Zero Tolerance
  Directed by Dieudo Hamadi
A Congolese policewoman, who is head of the Sexual Violence Unit, questions two boys accused of attacking and raping a woman on her way home from the market. Her efforts to mediate between the young perpetrators and their victim reveal both the depth of the problem and the community's resolve to address it.

  After the Mine
  Directed by Kiripi Katembo Siku
Siku examines Kibushi, a polluted mining town where even the youngest children are enlisted to extract the nation's wealth. The devastating conditions have trapped those who are living there, and this film tells their stories.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with Joseph Mbangu (Congolese attorney and activist), Sylvie Muanga Mbanga (Congolese human rights lawyer and women's rights advocate).

Co-presented by Icarus Films

 
Ladies in Waiting


Symphony Kinshasa


After The Mine

Tuesday,  
Oct. 19
7:30 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

State of Mind: Healing Trauma
Dir. Djo Munga, 2010, 52min.
Is healing possible for individuals living in a country where over 5 million people have died? Director Djo Munga takes this question on by following Albert Pesso, a trained dancer who has developed a trademarked method for healing trauma called PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor). With support from the German government, Pesso travels to Congo to train health care practitioners in his method. Mungo observes the proceedings with patience and honesty, delicately revealing the deep and complex roots of the challenge at hand.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with psychologist Dr. Mark A. Bolden (Eastern Regional Representative for the Association of Black Psychologists and co-founder of the Fanon Project - a cadre of scholars dedicated to decolonizing the African mind and healing African people traumatized by political violence) and Dr. Matt Fried (psychologist and a certified practitioner of PBSP who was involved with the project depicted in the film).

Co-presented by Icarus Films

 

Wednesday,  
Oct. 20
7:30 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Jazz Mama
Dir. Petna Katondolo, 2010, 30min.
How do you talk about rape in a place where basic human rights are systematically violated? Katondolo skirts the boundaries of reality and fiction, offering a compelling portrait of Conoglese women who stand strong in their communities and denounce the violence they experience.

Weapon of War
Dir. Isle and Femke Van Velzen, 2009, 59min.
Two soldiers attempt to reconcile with their past, unveiling a seldom seen side of the brutal use of rape in DR Congo's conflict. One soldier meets his victim in an attempt to ask her forgiveness. The other, now a priest in Congo's army, confronts perpetrators and urges them to change, just as he did.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with Dr. Roger Luhiriri (human rights advocate and former fistula doctor at Panzi Hospital), Jocelyn Kelly (gender-based violence Research Coordinator with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) and Dr. Lee Ann De Reus (President of the Board of Directors of Panzi Hospital Foundation).

Evening Co-Presented by the Man Up Campaign

 
Director Petna Katondolo


Jazz Mama

Thursday,  
Oct. 21
7:30 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Le Clandestin / "The Stowaway"
Dir. Zéka Laplaine, 1996, 15min
An African stowaway attempts to elude a tenacious police officer in a short burlesque film that sets the serious issue of illegal immigration against a comic backdrop.

Pushing the Elephant
Dir. Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel, 2010, 91 min.
"An intimate family drama set against the backdrop of the 1998 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pushing the Elephant tells the story of Rose Mapendo, who was separated during the conflict from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose survived the atrocities of those years and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona, with her other children. Now, after 12 years apart, Rose and her daughter Nangabire are reunited in the US. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the excruciating decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties Nangabire faces as a refugee in the US—torn between her painful past and a hopeful future." - Human Rights Watch Film Festival


AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with Directors Beth Davenport and Liz Mandel and other special guests & reception.

Co-Presented by Arts Engine and The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

 

Le Clandestin


Friday,  
Oct. 22
7:30 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

L'Afrique En Morceaux / "The Tragedy of the Great Lakes"
Dir. Jihan El-Tahri, 2001, 100min.
A chronicle of DR Congo from 1994-2000, filmed at the height of the Second Congo War. With astonishing access to key political and military players in the conflict -- including Kabila, Kagame, Musaveni, and Kabarebe -- El-Tahri has created an essential historical document that remains as relevant today as it was nearly a decade ago. Africa in Pieces served as an important reference in the recently leaked UN mapping report, and it's screening at Congo in Harlem will be the film's first public showing in the US.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Discussion with director Jihan El-Tahri, Jason Stearns (Congo researcher/analyst, former UN investigator) and Luc Côté (Lead investigator/writer of the UN mapping report), moderated by Samar Al-Bulushi (Congo researcher) & reception.

Co-Presented by The New York African Film Festival, Hirondelle, USA, and Radio Okapi

 

Saturday,  
Oct. 23
2:00 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

***Special Panel***
Child Soldiers and Youth Leadership

A panel discussion about how youth leadership and entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on the lives of former child soldiers and young people affected by war. Confirmed speakers include Ishmael Beah (author A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) and Jimmie Briggs (author Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War), and Kambale Musavuli (student coordinator and spokesperson for Friends of the Congo). Moderated by Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda, co-founder of Now AfriCAN.

Co-Presented by Now AfriCAN

 

Author Ishmael Beah

Author Jimmie Briggs

Kambale Musavuli, Friends of the Congo

Saturday,  
Oct. 23
7:00 pm


 

CONGO IN HARLEM 2

Katanga Business
Dir. Thierry Michel, 2009, 120min.
Set in one of the world's richest mining regions, Katanga Business is a riveting political and economic thriller that exposes some of the key actors in the scramble for Congo's natural wealth. The impoverished residents of Katanga are pitted against a motley collection of individuals and multinationals all vying for a piece of the action, including a Belgian entrepreneur known as "The King of Katanga", a Canadian CEO attempting to save an obsolete, state-run mine from bankruptcy; a Chinese businessman who just signed the mining contract of the century with the Congolese government; and a wealthy provincial governor, praised by the masses, who struggles to keep the situation from imploding.

AFTER THE SCREENING:
Panel discussion with Peter Rosenblum (Professor of Human Rights Law at Columbia University), Howard French (Senior Correspondent with The New York Times and Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Journalism), and Mvemba Phizo Dizolele (writer, foreign policy analyst and independent journalist) & closing night reception.
Co-Presented by Hirondelle, USA, and Radio Okapi

 

Sunday,  
Oct. 24,
7:30 pm



 

KEELING'S CARIBBEAN SHOWCASE
Curated by Keeling Beckford of Keeling’s Reggae Music and Videos

Cop and a Badman
Dir. Trenten W. Gumbs, 2010, 73 min.
The Jamaican government sends Detective Colonel Stevens (Leo Wilson) to Oakland, California to locate, capture and return three escaped criminals and return the Queen’s stolen jewels... From the producers of Rude Boy and Gangsta’s Paradise, comes the greatest Jamaican action comedy of all-time! Directed by Trenten W. Gumbs, Cop and a Badman is sure to have you rolling with laughter one minute and clutching your seat the next.

 

Tuesday,  
Oct. 26
7:00 pm



 

The Forces Behind the Gentrification of Harlem

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
Danny Schechter, 2009, 100 min.
Plunder is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter.The “News Dissector” explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.

Rezoning Harlem
Dir. Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, 2008, 40 min.
Rezoning Harlem follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail. A shocking expose of how a group of ordinary citizens, who are passionate about the future of one the city's most treasured neighborhoods, are systematically shut out of the city's decision-making process, revealing New York City's broken public review system and provoking discussion on what we can do about it.
Rezoning Harlem Website>


AFTER THE SCREENING:
Panel with Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council. More speakers TBA. More to follow.

 

 

Wednesday,  
Oct. 27
7:30 pm



 

JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball
Jock Docs, curated by Laura Coxson, is a monthly series showcasing films on sports. This month guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"International Night"

Le Tournoi du Quai 54
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2006, 53 min.
In Paris, Le Tournoi du Quai is the world's biggest weekend outdoor tournament, attracting teams from Japan, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The very best playground and pro players of France participate in the annual event while thousands spectate, including NBA players like Ronnie Turiaf, Boris Diaw, and Tony Parker.

Hoop Hop Tour Japan
Dir. John Jay, 1996, 25 min.
In 1995, four players in Japan won a 3-on-3 tournament there, qualifying for a ten city tour of America's top courts from Los Angeles' Venice Beach to Indiana barnhouses to Harlem's Rucker Park. The Hoop Hop Tour follows their journey in this short film, which has never before been screened outside of Asia.

My Game
Dir. Carlos Ledesma, 2007, 64 min.
My Game is about basketball in the Philippines and their most talented and respected players. Director Carlos Ledesma spent a month with six of them to find out more about where they are in their lives, where they are going and the immense culture of b-ball in the Philippines.


After the Screening: Kool Bob Love (Moderator), Speakers TBA

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Image courtesy of
Bobbito García

Thursday,  
Oct. 28
7:30 pm



 

JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball
Jock Docs, curated by Laura Coxson, is a monthly series showcasing films on sports. This month guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"EBC @ Rucker Park"

MTV's Harlem Hoops
Prod. Jac Benson, 2003, 43 min.
The Entertainers Basketball Classic is the most famous tournament in the world. It's where NBA stars such as Shawn Marion, Baron Davis and Kobe Byrant can unleash moves that have never been seen in an NBA arena and play with streetball legends such as Adrian "A Whole Lotta Game" Walton and Steve "All Day" Burtt. Hip Hop moguls such as Fat Joe, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti all have teams and will do anything to make their team better every year no matter the cost.

One Love
Dir. Leon Gast, 2003, 10 min.
A short excerpt from the film One Love about Pro Rucker legend Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond, considered by many to be the best scorer New York City has ever produced, even after turning down an NBA contract from the 1971-'72 Los Angeles Lakers (who went on to break the league record for most regular season wins and won the championship).

On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park
Dir. Kip & Korn, 2000, 90 min.
On Hallowed Ground follows the reigning champions of the Entertainers Basketball Classic, held at Rucker Park, sponsored by Bad Boys Records. While the film focuses on this team of amateurs filled with dazzling showmen such as "The Future", "Half-Man Half-Amazing", "Up North", and "The Main Event", it also goes deeper into the history of Rucker Park and the NBA stars and legends who have played there before such as Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

AFTER THE SCREENING: Discussion with Anthony Heyward Jr. (aka Biz, aka OG 1/2 Man 1/2 Amazin') and Greg Marius (founder of EBC at Rucker Park).

 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García

Friday,  
Oct. 29
7:30 pm



 

JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball
Jock Docs, curated by Laura Coxson, is a monthly series showcasing films on sports. This month guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"NYC Playground"

The American Game
Dir. Anthony Jones, 1979, 89 min.
The American Game is a 1979 documentary directed by Jay Freund and David Wolf contrasting the experiences of two high-school seniors from remarkably different backgrounds. Brian Walker is taken from his close-knit Indiana family, living in a small town. In contrast, Stretch Graham has practically no family support, and looks to his Brooklyn team and his warm-hearted coach for support. This film is extremely rare and is unknown even in the most diehard b-ball junkie circles!

Heart & Soul of New York City
Dir. Kevin Couliau, 2010, 5 min.
French director Kevin Couliau spent the summer of 2009 in New York City so that he could capture what playground basketball is all about. With amazing visuals, this short, featuring music by producer Pete Rock, shows NYC at its best and will doubtlessly inspire many a viewer to suit up and play afterwards!

Asphalt Phenoms of New York City—The Lost Years
Dir. Dorian Graham, 2007, 45 min.
"The Jet" Smith, legends "Speedy" Williams, "The Terminator" and more.


SPECIAL GUESTS: Filmmaker Dorian "Black Stallion" Graham & former players, Kool Bob Love (moderator)

 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García

Saturday,  
Oct. 30,
7:30 pm



 

JOCK DOCS: Playground Basketball
Jock Docs, curated by Laura Coxson, is a monthly series showcasing films on sports. This month guest organized by DJ Bobbito García

"Sneaker Night"

The Mystery of Flying Kicks
Dir. Matthew Bate, 2009, 14 min.
The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to solve the mystery of why it is hard to avoid seeing sneakers on power lines in almost all urban areas. Made completely from donated photographs, video, phoned in theories, artwork and animation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks tries to find the truth of why shoes always end up on telephone wires.

Air Force 1: Anatomy of an Urban Myth
Dir. Thibault de Longeville, 2010, 75 min
Before the 1980s basketball shoes were so uncomfortable that players had to wear more than one pair of socks for cushioning. Then the Nike Air Force One came out and started a new era in ballin' and sneaker culture. This documentary tells the story of how one pair of shoes swept the nation and went from being a shoe worn only on courts to an iconic item that people collect and wear every single day.


AFTER THE SCREENING:
Anthony Gilbert, Kool Bob Love (moderator), more speakers TBA

  
 
Image courtesy of
Bobbito García
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