L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Black History Month

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Five short films from directors Elyseo J. Taylor, Julie Dash, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Alicia Dhanifu and Don Amis.

Films in L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV

    • Black Art, Black Artists
    • Elyseo J. Taylor
    • This visual survey of Black art since the nineteenth century, punctuated with jazz and blues selections and a voiceover dialogue with woodcut printmaker Van Slater, outlines the struggles that Black artists have undergone to prove their artistic capability, to engage with white and middle-class Black tastes and to make explicit political statements.

    • Four Women
    • Julie Dash
    • Set to Nina Simone's stirring ballad of the same name, Julie Dash's dance film examines long-standing Black female stereotypes through Linda Martina Young's performances as strong "Aunt Sarah," tragic mulatto "Saffronia," sensuous "Sweet Thing" and militant "Peaches."

    • Define
    • O.Funmilayo Makarah
    • Oblique, episodic meditations on the semiotics and ethics of ethnic female identity are accompanied by a blandly cynical narrator explaining how to "win an invitation to the dominant culture."

    • Bellydancing: A History & an Art
    • Alicia Dhanifu
    • Director Alicia Dhanifu creates a rigorous and beautifully rendered history of belly dancing, its roots, forms and meanings.

    • Festival of Mask
    • Don Amis
    • Preparations, parades and performances from the Craft and Folk Art Museum's annual Festival of Mask illustrate L.A.'s diverse racial and ethnic communities (African, Asian, Latin American) expressing themselves through a shared traditional form.