Featuring: Born in Flames (4/2), Sankofa (4/9), Elmo in Grouchland (4/16), Attack the Block (4/23), and Life and Debt (4/30). Movies start at 7pm. See descriptions below.
April 2 – Born in Flames
Set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution, Born In Flames is a fantasy of female rebellion. When Adelaide Norris, the founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a seemingly impossible coalition of women emerges to blow the System apart.
April 9 – Sankofa
SANKOFA is an Akan word that means, one must return to the past in order to move forward. The film follows Shola, a black model who is transported back to a West Indian plantation after participating in a fashion shoot on shores of the slave castles in Ghana. Shola becomes a house slave alongside Shango, a militant Maroon fieldhand and love interest who resists her early warnings to ignore the brutalities committed against others on the plantation. Sexually abused by the plantation’s owner, Shola is drawn to Nunu, an African-born fieldhand and Maroon leader, who ignites her eventual rebellion. *Warning: Sankofa is a potentially triggering movie for some who have experienced sexual violence.*
April 16 – Elmo in Grouchland *with Minneapolis Childcare Collective*
Lovable red Muppet Elmo loses his beloved blue blanket after a tug-of-war with Zoe. The blanket lands in Grouchland, a scary, faraway place populated by creepy creatures, smelly trash and an evil character named Huxley. Can Elmo use his wits and courage to get his prized blankie back and escape?
April 23 – Attack the Block
Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction comedy horror film written and directed by Joe Cornish. Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a street gang which have to defend themselves from hostile alien invaders.
April 30 – Life and Debt
Life and Debt is a feature length documentary that chronicles the deleterious impact of foreign intervention in Jamaica’s economy. From the destruction of local markets and the demise of working conditions to the rise of crime and a security apparatus, Black’s film gives its viewers an in-depth, everyday look at how the organized policies of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and
Inter-American Bank have accelerated the indebtedness of a small nation to the benefit of US business interests.
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