Black Cinema House hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about people of the African diaspora, and offers video classes to neighborhood youth, teaching the next generation to make their own films and tell their own stories.
Killer of Sheep | May 4

Killer of Sheep | May 4

Charles Burnett, 1977, 80 min. Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments...
Purple Rain | June 15

Purple Rain | June 15

Albert Magnoli, 1984, 111 min. Prince stars in this semi-autobiographical film about beating adversity and finding his funky, unique musical voice. Growing up in a dysfunctional Minneapolis home, young Prince must overcome his family struggles and a musical and romantic rival to pursue his two loves: a lovely young singer,...
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Robert Mugge, 1980, 60 min. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s birth on May 22, 1914, Black Cinema House presents Robert Mugge’s iconic portrait of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in a brand-new Blu-Ray projection. With Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Mugge takes on a key figure...
Stony Island | May 11

Stony Island | May 11

Stony Island Andy Davis, 1978, 97 min. Filmed on the gritty street of Chicago’s South Side, Stony Island tells the story of Richie Bloom (Richie Davis), the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward Stoney Robinson). With the help...
Black Orpheus | April 6

Black Orpheus | April 6

Black  Orpheus Marcel Camus, 1959, 107 min. Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping...
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Naked Spaces : Living is Round | March 16

Naked Spaces : Living is Round | March 16

Naked Spaces: Living is Round Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1985, 135 min. Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, Naked Spaces: Living is Round explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of Naked Spaces: Living is Round challenges the...
Montgomery to Memphis | January 19

Montgomery to Memphis | January 19

Black Cinema House and Chicago Film Archives present a film program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Up is Down Millie Goldsholl, 1969, Color, Sound, 16mm transfer, 6.5min A short animated film that presents a study of an unconventional young boy who is temporarily persuaded to accept others’ viewpoints as his own. King: A Filmed...
Three The Hard Way | March 2

Three The Hard Way | March 2

Three The Hard Way Gordon Parks, Jr., 1974, 93 min. Three The Hard Way is considered one of the classic action movies of the blaxploitation genre. Directed by the acclaimed Gordon Parks Jr., the film stars the three biggest black action stars of the era; Jim Brown as record producer Jimmy Lait, Fred Williamson as entrepreneur Jagger Daniels,...
Uptight | February 16

Uptight | February 16

Uptight Jules Dassin, 1968, 94 min. Uptight is an updated remake of John Ford’s 1935 film, The Informer. Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto and the Irish Republicans are replaced by black revolutionary fighters. Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed and itinerant steelworker who turns over his...
Always for Pleasure & Dry Wood | February 2

Always for Pleasure & Dry Wood | February 2

To celebrate the beginning of the 2014 Carnival season, Black Cinema House presents two films by Les Blank (1935-2013), a renowned independent filmmaker whose poetic work offers intimate, idiosyncratic glimpses into the lives, culture, and music of passionate people at the periphery of American society. Topics have included Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Hawaiian, and Serbian-American music and...

Cinema This Week, December 13-19

This Friday, Gene Siskel Film Center premieres John Sayles’ new film Go For Sisters. The director will participate in a Q+A via Skype at the 7:45pm screening. Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew so close people said they could “go for sisters,” but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those...
Cinema this Week, November 15-21

Cinema this Week, November 15-21

Tonight, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, there will be a screening of the documentary Hoodwinked (2012) followed by a Q&A with the director, Janks Morton. Challenging stereotypes and examining the causes and consequences of internalized oppression, Morton hopes to spur dialogue around representation and self-perception in the Black community. This event is...
Cinema This Week, November 8-14

Cinema This Week, November 8-14

  The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) begins a weeklong run at CHATHAM 14 Theaters (210 W. 87th Street), with a special screening on Saturday, November 9 at 4:45pm  which will include a Q&A with Khalilah Camacho-Ali and director Bill Siegel.  A documentary from Kartemquin Films, Trials eschews the typical boxing highlight reels and instead...
Cinema this Week, October 25-31

Cinema this Week, October 25-31

Tomorrow, Saturday October 26, don’t miss the beautifully animated Aya of Yop City (2013), shown as part of the 2013 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Based on the bestselling graphic novels by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie, the film follows the adventures of Aya, a 19-year-old Ivorian girl, and her friends as they navigate life...
Cinema this Week, October 18-24

Cinema this Week, October 18-24

There are still plenty of great movies to see in the last week of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. On Sunday, October 20 at the Logan Theater there will be discounted screenings of two films from the festival’s Spotlight Africa program. Filmmaker Joel Karekezi draws from his own experience as a survivor of the...