RETURN! THE BIG SCREEN AT THE MUSIC HALL

“HUMBLED BY THE MEASURES WITH WHICH TO PREVENT ANY FURTHER SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, IT’S OUR PRIVILEGE TO SERVE CINEMA BY ONCE AGAIN SHINE THE PROJECTOR LIGHTS ON OUR THREE SCREENS HIGHLIGHTING INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, AND DOCUMENTARY MOTION PICTURES.”


THE LUMIERE MUSIC HALL WILL SOON BE PUBLICLY EXHIBITING THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

WHOSE STREETS
(2017)

2019 / documentary /
1h 42min /
directed by Sanja Zivkovic /
written by Sabaah Folayan /
country: USA /
language: English

“Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.” (source)

VITALINA VARELA
(2019)

2019 / drama / 1h 30min /
directed by Pedro Costa /
written by Pedro Costa &
Vitalina Varela /
country: Canada /
language: English & Serbian with English subtitles

“A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.” (source)

OUR MOTHERS
(2019)

Nuestras Madres
(original title)
/
2020 / drama / 1h 18min /
directed by Cesar Diaz /
written by Cesar Diaz /
country: Guatemala | Belgium | France /
language: Spanish with English subtitles

“Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.” (source)

CANE RIVER
(1982)

1982 / drama, romance /
1h 44min /
directed by
Horace Jenkins /
written by Horace Jenkins /
country: USA /
language: English

“Written, produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning documentarian, Horace B. Jenkins, and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew, CANE RIVER is a racially-charged love story in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Louisiana. A budding, forbidden romance lays bare the tensions between two black communities, both descended from slaves but of disparate opportunity—the light-skinned, property-owning Creoles and the darker-skinned, more disenfranchised families of the area. This lyrical, visionary film disappeared for decades after Jenkins died suddenly following the film’s completion, robbing generations of a talented, vibrant new voice in African American cinema.” (source)

IN MY BLOOD
IT RUNS (2019)

2019 / documentary, biography, history /
1h 24min /
directed by Maya Newell /
country: Australia /
language: English & Aboriginal with English subtitles

“Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.” (source)

. . . &

what-

ever

the

future

holds

for us.


PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES, U.S.A.:

COVID 19 STILL RUNS AMOK AROUND WORLD. FROM OUT THE PANDEMIC, STRIFE AND INJUSTICE HAS INDUCED, INHERENT IN THE ALWAYS FLAWED BROKEN SYSTEM, FESTERING ANXIETIES AND OLD WOUNDS TO BLEED OUT & BOIL OVER. FLAWS ARE OUR MOST CONNECTIVE MATERIAL AS A SOCIETY. IT HELPS US TO RELATE, TO REACT & ENGAGE WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS SAME BOAT. NOT THE SAME BOAT IT ONCE WAS; HOWEVER GREAT IT MAY’VE EVER BEEN PERCIEVED, THERE’S NO GOING BACK. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW WE ARE, HOWEVER, AMIDST A RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD; A PERPETUAL MOTION SINCE BEFORE 1776, BEFORE THE (SO-CALLED) CIVIL WAR, BEFORE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, BEFORE MEDGAR EVERS & MALCOLM X & M.L.K. WERE SILENCED, BEFORE 9/11… BEFORE GEORGE FLOYD. THE TOLL TAKEN ON THE AVERAGE CITIZEN HAS NEVER DIMINISHED THE SPIRIT THEY’VE BEEN SOLD AND EXTOLLED FROM OUT THE MUCK OF U.S. HISTORY’S WORST QUALITIES, AND IT’S IN THIS INSUBORDINATION THAT THE GREATNESS TRULY LIES. MOVIE-MAKING COMPANIES & CORPORATIONS, COMPOUNDED BY PURITAN TYRANICALS , HAVE SINCE THOMAS EDISON IMPEDED THE FREEDOMS INHERENT IN STORYTELLING BY MOTION PICTURES. BUT THIS UNDIMINISHED SPIRIT BURNED SO HOT IN OSCAR MICHEAUX’S HEART AND MIND, THAT HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO ENSURE HIS VOICE WOULD BE HEARD… THOUGH HE WAS OF HIS TIME, HIS ACTIONS COULD BE STILL REGARDED AS TOO SOON. HIS STRUGGLE AND HIS FORTUNE ARE TESTAMENT TO ME AS A FILMGOER, THAT TO BE A SOLDIER OF CINEMA, IS TO BE MORE THAN JUST A HUMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA… THOUGH WHAT MORE IT IS IS UNPLACEABLE. EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HAVE SOME IDEA, AND SO WE PROCEED WITH BREATHING AND EATING AND SLEEPING. THE DIFFERENCE BEING THAT THIS MOMENT CARRIES MORE MYSTERY THAN WE MAY BE PREPARED TO HANDLE.

HUMBLED BY THE MEASURES WITH WHICH TO PREVENT ANY FURTHER SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, IT’S OUR PRIVILEGE TO SERVE CINEMA BY ONCE AGAIN SHINE THE PROJECTOR LIGHTS ON OUR THREE SCREENS HIGHLIGHTING INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN, AND DOCUMENTARY MOTION PICTURES.

I LOVE MOVIES.

GODSPEED,
CUAHUTEMOC
SHITWORKER

TUESDAY JUNE 23RD 2020 6:03 A.M.

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