Brooklyn Museum Features A Month Of Films By Black, Queer, Female, And Gender-Nonconforming Filmmakers

Can we get more lineups like this in other cities, please?

Starting June 8, the Brooklyn Museum will kick off a month-long screening of a series of short films by young, black, queer, female-identified, and gender-nonconforming local artists.

The film series, “Black Queer Brooklyn On Film,” represents a diverse range of genres and media, from animated documentary to sci-fi, drama, web series, and comedy.

The program is running in conjunction with the exhibition We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, and was inspired by the Combahee River Collective, which formed in the 1970s.

“[We] are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking,” reads the Combahee River Collective’s manifesto, which is currently on display at the museum. “The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives.”

The 16 short films in the series tackle similar themes, addressing issues related to race, identity, queerness, and activism.

Isabella Reyes’s i am light explores the rejection of the gender binary. Naima Ramos-Chapman’s And Nothing Happened looks at the aftermath of sexual assault. Stefani Saintonge’s Gio, an episode from the Essence documentary series “Black Girl Magic,” follows two girls as they navigate the foster care system, and Taja Lindley’s This Ain’t a Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering focuses on police violence.

“Black Queer Brooklyn On Film” has a runtime of just under three hours, and will screen every Thursday in June at 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. Find more information here.

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