L.A. Rebellion Shorts V

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes

L.A. Rebellion Shorts V

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes

L.A. Rebellion Shorts V

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Black History Month

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Five short films from directors Haile Gerima, Shirikiana Aina, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Carroll Parrott Blue and Melvonna Ballenger.

Films in L.A. Rebellion Shorts V

    • Child of Resistance
    • Haile Gerima
    • Inspired by a dream director Haile Gerima had after seeing Angela Davis handcuffed on television, Child of Resistance challenges linear norms of time and space as it explores the dreams and abstractly rendered fantasies of a militant who has been imprisoned as a result of her fight for social justice.

    • Brick by Brick
    • Shirikiana Aina
    • A prescient portrait of late-1970s Washington, D.C., that chronicles the city's creeping gentrification, the systematic expulsion of poor Black residents, and the community response in the form of the Seaton Street Project, in which tenants banded together to purchase buildings.

    • L.A. in My Mind
    • O.Funmilayo Makarah
    • A captivating montage of notable Los Angeles sites, accompanied by street noises and laced with free-floating names of places and people, becomes a delightful and personal canon of spiritually sustaining quantities.

    • The Dawn At My Back: Memoir of a Black Texas Upbringing
    • Carroll Parrott Blue, Kristy H.A. Kang
    • Based on a memoir by Carroll Parrott Blue, this excerpt from an evocative DVD-ROM leads viewers on a rich visual and textual exploration of the history of Houston's Black community through a series of visual "panscapes" constructed from original photographs, video and archival materials, and the spoken word.

    • Rain
    • Melvonna Ballenger
    • A female typist goes from apathetic to empowered through the help of a man giving out political flyers on the street, as director Melvonna Ballenger muses on the soundtrack about the restorative and revivifying potential of rainy days.