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Cinema + Conversation

Cinema + Conversation is an ongoing free public film series that showcases and celebrates African American moving images and screen culture. The series brings museum curators and critically acclaimed filmmakers together to watch and discuss works from African American artists.

Cinema + Conversation Highlights

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Burning Cane

On December 15, 2019, the Museum screened “Burning Cane,” an intimate drama set in rural Louisiana. The film follows a deeply religious mother struggling to reconcile her faith with her love for her troubled, self-destructive son while witnessing her pastor's decline. A discussion between the director Phillip Youmans and the Director of CAAMA, Curator Rhea L. Combs Ph.D., followed the screening.
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Wu-Tang Clan

The Museum hosted a screening of the “Wu-Tang Clan: ‘Of Mics and Men’” on May 5, 2019. The documentary marked the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut album “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” by examining the hip-hop group’s history and career by combining intimate interviews with the nine living members and never-before-seen archival footage and performances. NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael moderated a post-screening discussion with RZA, Power, Divine, and Sacha Jenkins.
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Putney Swope

On July 2, 2017, the Museum screened the cult classic “Putney Swope,” (1969). The satirical comedy tells the story of activists who take over an advertising agency and is a commentary on African Americans in advertising and race in Hollywood. Comedian and writer Jordan Carlos hosted a post-screening conversation with writer and director Robert Downey, Sr.

Past Cinema + Conversation Programs

  • Burning Cane (December 15, 2019)
  • Waves (November 10, 2019)
  • Harriet (October 31, 2019)
  • The Burial of Kojo (April 5, 2019)
  • Amazing Grace- Co-presented with NPR (March 30, 2019)
  • The Rape of Recy Taylor (March 16, 2018)
  • Let the Church Say Amen!- Co-presented with Center for Study of African American Religious Life (March 8, 2018)
    • Films: Verdict: Not Guilty and Let the Church Say Amen!
  • Black Panther (February 11, 2018)
  • An Affinity for Technique- Co-presented with National Gallery of Art (January 11, 2018)
    • Films: Junkanoo Talk and Quality Control
  • Mudbound (November 30, 2017)
  • Marshall (October 7, 2017)
  • Putney Swope (July 2, 2017)
  • Boomerang, 25th Anniversary (July 1, 2017)
  • Wattstax (May 5, 2017)
  • LA ’92 - Co-presented with National Geographic Documentary Films (April 26, 2017)
  • Women of the L.A. Rebellion- Co-presented with Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 25, 2017)
    •  Films: Spirits of RebellionIllusions, DefineYour Children Come Back to youCreating a Different Image, Cycles, and Brick by Brick
  • Reimagining African Spiritualties in Daughters of the Dust- Co-presented with Center for Study of African American Religious Life and Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 24, 2017)
  • Beyond the Prison Walls- Co-presented with Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 22, 2017)
    • Films: I, Destini and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

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