Titled after James Baldwin’s assertion that the legacy of slavery is imprinted on his very name and identity, Trinidad-born British director Horace Ové’s provocative documentary captures Baldwin (accompanied by comedian and activist Dick Gregory) lecturing an audience at London’s West Indian Students’ Centre about America’s racist history, its impact on contemporary social divisions and foreign imperialism, and the possibilities for revolutionary resistance against oppression. With eloquent passion and flashes of humor, the legendary writer touches on a wide range of issues, including the relationship between capitalism and racism, the role of white liberals in the Black Power movement, and the ability of language to shape consciousness.
The themes, images, and cultural vernacular of Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz continue to haunt David Lynch’s art and filmography—from his very first short, The Alphabet, to his latest series, Twin Peaks: The Return. Arguably, no filmmaker has so consistently drawn inspiration—consciously or unconsciously—from a single work.
Alexandre O. Philippe
Childhood friends Pietro and Bruno experience maturity, loss, and the rediscovery of an unbreakable connection when they reunite in adulthood to build a cabin on the rugged slopes of the Italian Alps.
One of the major achievements of twenty-first-century cinema thus far, Béla Tarr’s mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance.
Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky