Reelblack Founder Mike D. is conducting the post film Q&A with filmmaker TANYA HAMILTON following a special screening of her debut narrative feature, NIGHT CATCHES US (2010), at the African-American Museum. Please come out and support.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The African American Museum
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Price: $8.00/per person
For Tickets and info visit http://cinemathequeip.com
Night Catches Us
Directed by Tanya Hamilton
Part of the Territories: Africa series.
In the summer of ‘76, as President Jimmy Carter pledges to give government back to the people, tensions run high in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood where the Black Panthers once flourished. When Marcus returns—having bolted years earlier—his homecoming isn’t exactly met with fanfare. His former movement brothers blame him for an unspeakable betrayal. Only his best friend’s widow, Patricia, appreciates Marcus’s predicament, which both unites and paralyzes them. As Patricia’s daughter compels the two comrades to confront their past, history repeats itself in dangerous ways. Night Catches Us masterfully reckons with the complexity of its characters’ revolutionary ideologies and internal desires. Bell-bottoms, Afros, potlucks, and Caddies set the scene as the film potently interweaves political media with an evocative soul-inspired score, summoning a vivid sense of place and time. The golden light that bathes characters’ faces seems to express the promise—and elusiveness—of the necessary change Marcus and Patricia struggle for so dearly—each by separate means. —Sundance Film Festival
Speaker: Tanya Hamilton
presented in partnership with The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Territories: Africa is a foreign film series featuring filmmakers and stories from Africa and across the Diaspora. The intention of these screenings is to expand the discussion surrounding international film language and to challenge and explore modern and historic representations of and by Africans around the world.