Free Screening of Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep”
On Sunday, September 15th the Providence Africana Reading Collective will be screening the award-winning and influential Charles Burnett film “Killer of Sheep”. Following the screening there will be a discussion of the film.
As always, all PARC events are free and open to the public
When: September 15th at 6pm
Where: Tea in Sahara (69 Governor)
Film Description for those unfamiliar:
Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife in the living room, holding his daughter. The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor.
Killer of Sheep was shot on location in Watts in a series of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, most of which was grant money. Finished in 1977 and shown sporadically, its reputation grew and grew until it won a prize at the 1981 Berlin International Film Festival.
Since then, the Library of Congress has declared it a national treasure as one of the first fifty on the National Film Registry and the National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the “100 Essential Films” of all time. However, due to the expense of the music rights, the film was never shown theatrically or made available on video. It had previously only been seen on poor quality 16mm prints at few and far between museum and festival showings.
For our August 4th meeting we will be discussing Claudia Jones’ classic, but unfortunately under-read, Black Marxist essay “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!”
We will be returning to our usual PARC time for the August 4th meeting (6pm). The meeting will be held at Tea in Sahara (69 Governor)
Follow the above link for the reading. Find this, and previous, readings at africanareading.org
For our July 28th meeting we will be discussing Sharon Bridgforth’s play “dyke/warrior-prayers”
When: 7:30pm*, July 28th
Where: Tea in Sahara (69 Governor)
*Out of solidarity with those within our community PARC will be meeting at 7:30pm. This delayed time will allow folk to attend the Justice for Trayvon Community Call being held at Central at 6pm.
To kick off our summer curriculum we will begin with two classic Black feminist texts. We will meet at 6pm on Sunday, July 14th to discuss the Combahee River Collective’s Statement and the section “Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought" (pgs 1-21) from Patricia Hill Collins "Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment".
Meeting will be held at Tea in Sahara (69 Governor)
For the months of July and August we will be focusing our attention on Gender and Queer studies in the realm of black studies. The first meeting to kick off this summer session will be July 14th. We will continue to meet every Sunday until the end of August unless otherwise noted.
If there are any suggestions for texts (written work as well as films) that we could look at they would be highly appreciated. Message the page directly or email email@example.com. The goal is to create an extensive list of texts for our members (and others) to access. We will not be able to look closely at every single text but they will serve as supplements to what we do discuss. It would be preferable for the suggestions to include an attachment of the recommendation to make the compilation process easier.
Meeting time and place: 6pm, Tea in Sahara (69 Governor)
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Sunday, June 23rd, we will conclude our series on American Imperialism & Jamaican Society with another Stephanie Black film—H2 Worker.
Please join us for the screening and the discussion to follow
Where: Tea in Sahara (69 Governor) Providence, RI
When: 6pm, Sunday June 23