Black Beauty on Film at the High Line

This two-day film series collaboration between the Flaherty and The High Line celebrates the trailblazing Simone Leigh’s Brick House . The two nights feature short works by primarily women filmmakers from around the world. With Leigh’s focus on Black female beauty and empowerment in mind, curators Jon-Sesrie Goff and Claire Diao selected films and videos that represent the range and complexity of Black female-identified creativity.

Wednesday, August 28, 8pm

Curated by Jon-Sesrie Goff

Introductory conversation with Madeline Anderson and Jon-Sesrie Goff

Tamika Galanis, Returning the Gaze , 2018

Lauren Kelly, Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat , 2007

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, La cabeza mató a todos , 2014 (2018 Flaherty Seminar Artist)

Julie Dash, The Diary of an African Nun , 1975

Julie Dash, Four Women , 1975 (1989 Seminar Artist)

Madeline Anderson, I Am Somebody , 1970 (1970 Seminar Artist)

About Madeline Anderson

Pioneering filmmaker and television producer Madeline Anderson is often credited as being the first black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film, the first black woman to produce and direct a syndicated tv series, the first black employee at New York-based public television station WNET, and one of the first black women to join the film editor’s union. Anderson would go on to become the in-house producer and director for Sesame Street and The Electric Company for the Children’s Television Workshop. During the early 1970s, she also helped create what would become WHUT-TV at Howard University, the country's first, and only, black-owned public television station.

–– Smithsonian NMAAHC Oral History Project

Thursday, August 29, 8pm

Curated by Claire Diao

Baloji, Peau de chagrin / Bleu de nuit , 2018

(French, Lingala with English subtitles)

Angele Diabang, My Beloved Cowife , 2018

(Wolof with English or French subtitles)

Josza Anjembe, French , 2016

(French with English subtitles)

About Claire Diao

Claire Diao is a French-Burkinabe journalist and film critic. In 2013, she started the itinerant Quartiers Lointains short film programme, which is shown in France, the United States and several countries in Africa. In 2015, she co-founded Awotele the pan African film periodical and in 2016 formed Sudu Connexion, the distribution company for films from Africa and the African diaspora. Her 2017 essay, “Double Wave, the New Life of French Cinema” published by Au Diable Vauvert, won her the SACD’s 2018 Beaumarchais Medal. She is a moderator of the morning debates of the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand and a film commentator on "Le Cercle" on the Canal + "Cinémas" channel; on the news broadcast of "Afrique" on TV5 Monde, and the France Ô channe. Last year, she was named to the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection committee.

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Screens at On the High Line at the Spur, at 30th St. and 10th Ave - RSVP

Still from I Am Somebody by Madeline Anderson, courtesy of Icarus Films