Filmmaker Haile Gerima returns to MoMA for the first time since 2006 for a screening and discussion of his film Ashes and Embers. Released in 1982 and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983, the film was never fully distributed in theaters until 2016 (in a newly restored print). Ashes tells the story of an African American Vietnam veteran struggling to negotiate a future for himself amid the racially charged landscapes of Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Through its nuanced portrayal of an individual’s growing disillusionment in the face of racialized—and often government-sanctioned—violence and continued economic disenfranchisement, Ashes and Embers explores themes that remain all too relevant today. Gerima, a professor at Howard University and a vocal advocate for African American representation onscreen, will join Dessane Cassell, Joint Curatorial Fellow, MoMA Department of Film and The Studio Museum in Harlem, for a discussion of Gerima's film, forthcoming projects, and his experiences as a prominent figure of the LA Rebellion movement of the 1970s.
T2, Theater 2