Past event


New Black Waveshowcases films by Black filmmakers who push cinema’s conceptual and aesthetic boundaries to explore deep-rooted emotions within the African diaspora. These films challenge us to consider how the performance of intimate rituals addresses a legacy of racial trauma. Celebration and mourning coexist as individuals devise strategies to mask or confront their pain through color or lack thereof. The program includes Alone (2017) by Garrett Bradley, the North American premiere of Recovery (2020) by Kevin Jerome Everson, Untitled (2019) by Bradford Young, and T (2019) by Keisha Rae Witherspoon, among others.

“Cinema holds the possibility to reach beyond the physical human experience…heartbreaking and full of hope.”

Berlinale Shorts International Jury“One of the most significant records of contemporary African American life.” 

Curated by Solomon Turner and DaManuel Richardson as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.