Arts Calendar: Film
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Author, Poet, & Artist, Shanta Lee Gander leads a creative post-film discussion of Black Mother, the new non-linear documentary art film by Khalik Allah.
Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.
Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional. As an artist, her endeavors include writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography. Her poetry, prose, and personal essays have been featured in Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, The Commons weekly newspaper. Shanta Lee is the co-author of Ghosts of Cuba: An Interracial Couple’s Exploration of Cuba in the Age of Trump—Told in Images & Words (Green Writers Press, Spring 2020). She is currently the director of outreach and publicity for Mount Island—a small press and magazine dedicated to rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices/artists and gives lectures on the life of Lucy Terry Prince as a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Shanta Lee’s work can be viewed at www.Shantaleegander.com
6/2/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Online Discussion, Brattleboro
Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.
An online discussion of Black Mother will be led by author & artist, Shanta Lee Gander, on Tuesday June 2nd, 7pm.
5/27/20 12:00am - 6/3/20 11:30pm
Virtual Cinema, Brattleboro
Combining stop-motion techniques, painting and photography, this exquisitely handcrafted animation feature tells the story of a girl who attempts to escape a colony of religious fanatics during Chile’s darkest years under Pinochet. Through extraordinary craft and artistic vision this film powerfully communicates the experience of collective trauma. Winner of the Caligari Film Prize at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.
5/28/20 12:00am - 6/7/20 12:00am
Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema, Brattleboro