Labor [Day] of [Film] Love

Those who are basking in the beautiful temperate weather in NYC this weekend should consider ambling over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Rose Cinemas on Monday, September 7 for Creatively Speaking,™ the independent film series curated for more than a decade by Michelle Materre, produced by Neyda Martinez and presented for the third year in a row by BAMcinématek, BAM’s repertory film program. The original series, a collaboration between Ms. Materre and Kathryn Bowser, launched in 1995 at Aaron Davis Hall, now known as Harlem Stages.

“When Kathryn Bowser and I started Creatively Speaking,™ fourteen years ago, there were few outlets for independent filmmakers of color to screen their work and speak directly to the audiences for whom the work was intended. Creatively Speaking,™ provided a singular forum for presenting high quality, culturally engaging and universal storytelling that was rarely seen in mainstream media. It still remains today that place where voices and images of how we truly live can be seen and heard, and is the primary force propelling my career in this always changing industry.” — Michelle Materre

Film screenings include the US premiere of the documentary, RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope, exploring the impact of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 visit to South Africa; The Other Side of the Water, a look at the origins and contemporary impact of Haitian rara music in Brooklyn and beyond through the story of the immigrant band DJARARA, preceded by Play Mas, a celebratory short film about the West Indian American Day Parade, Brooklyn’s annual celebration of Caribbean culture and the largest Carnival event in the US; and a showing of several short films in the program dubbed Life Lessons. Films will be shown (with director Q & A opportunities in-between) from 2pm until the last screening which begins at 9:15pm.


From RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope


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