Shared Stories

Film Series

FEB 24–28, 2021
 

ArtsEmerson presents Shared Stories, a monthly film series in collaboration with the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF), and the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) seeking to build community, shared conversation, and experiences through cinema. This pilot series aspires to create a shared space to find commonality across experiences, and encourage the exchange of stories and ideas. 


 

Spotlight Presentation


Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities


Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

On Demand:
FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET

Pick Your Price: $5 - $25

75 mins |  View Trailer


In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

Through a mission-driven desire to highlight unseen voices and present a program that steps outside of impersonal plug-and-play virtual distribution models, the collection will rely on the film exhibition and distribution expertise of the participating organizations to engage a broad constituency of exhibitors and mentors via grassroots outreach, personal relationships, and direct conversation with the artists.

Post-film conversation with filmmaker

Film and Q&A will be Closed Captioned.

Curtis Caesar John - Curator
Love in Submission - Director, Lande Yoosuf
A Hollwood Party - Director, Toryn Seabrooks
Auntie Zariyah - Director, Zora Bikangaga
The Pandemic Chronicles - Director, Ya'Ke
The Black Banshee - Director, John D. Haley, Jr.
Nowhere - Director, Lin Que Young

Content Advisory:
Pandemic Chronicles includes full nudity/mature content
The Black Banshee includes police violence

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Feature Presentations

 

Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts

Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts

On Demand:
FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET

Pick Your Price: $5 - $25

75 mins | Directed by: Michael Dennis

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Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts (2020 - Work-In-Progress) Slavery never ended. It is time we break the chains! While the physical enslavement of Africans may have been abolished in the United States in 1865, the mental enslavement of Blacks worldwide continues. Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts demonstrates how Black Identity is largely dictated by The White Imagination. Using rare film clips and archival footage, film historian Charles Woods demonstrates how we were indoctrinated into a belief system of White Supremacy and Black Inferiority through the use of the motion picture, and how this perpetuates itself in mass media. From the Tarzan movies of the 1930s to Black Panther and Queen & Slim, the subversive tricks still exist—even when Black filmmakers are in control.

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ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

On Demand:
FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET

Pick Your Price: $5 - $25

65 mins

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Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 reveals the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and exposse the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Alternative Facts will also examine the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant and religious communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

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Shorts

FREE On Demand: FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET


The Volcano's Last Wish

The Volcano's Last Wish

25 mins | Directed by: Guenny K. Pires

A young black boy raised in a remote African village is entrusted by his great-grandfather with the mission of becoming the first visual storyteller for his homeland, the island of Fogo off the West Coast of Africa.


L'Eau Est La Vie - Water is Life

L'Eau Est La Vie - Water is Life

25 mins | Directed by: Sam Vinal

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

 

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Shorts

FREE On Demand: FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET


Without a Whisper -KONNON:KWE

Without a Whisper -KONNON:KWE

25 mins | Directed by: Katsitsionni Fox

WITHOUT A WHISPER - KONNON:KWE is the untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality - shaking the foundation of the established history of the women’s rights movement in the United States.


Activized

Activized

38 mins | Directed by: Eric Stange

ACTIVIZED profiles a handful of ordinary Americans who – for the first time in their lives – have left their comfort zones and thrown themselves into a political cause. We follow their motivations, their goals, successes and failures, and how and why such activists are the embodiment of positive citizen participation in the best American tradition.

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Shorts

FREE On Demand: FEB 24 @ 7:00PM ET - FEB 28 @ 10:00PM ET


Acuitzeramo

Acuitzeramo

15 mins | Directed by: Miguel Angel Caballero

After losing his gay partner of 15 years, Salvador must confront his late partner’s estranged son, Anthony, who was unaware of their relationship.


Dancing on my Own

Dancing on my Own

14 mins | Directed by: Alexandra Cueurdo

Dancing On My Own is a love letter to the queer Asian experience, inspired by New York's radical dance party Bubble_T.

 

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