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The Black Lens: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY (2014)

DIRECTED BY: Thomas Allen Harris

 

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Post-film Q&A with director Thomas Allen Harris

ABOUT THE FILM:

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals. Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.

ABOUT THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS:

Thomas Allen Harris Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and artist whose work across film, video, photography, and performance illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. His deeply personal films – VINTAGE- FAMILIES OF VALUE (1995), É MINHA CARA/THAT’S MY FACE (2001), and THE TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA (2005), have received critical acclaim at international film festivals. Graduate of Harvard College and the Whitney Independent Study Program, member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and published writer/curator, Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change. He lectures and teaches on media arts, visual literacy, and personal archiving at Yale, Dartmouth, University of California, and other institutions.


 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: NR

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

 

QUOTES: “A fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.” – Washington Post

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -7:00PM


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