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.
Space Is the Place & The Last Angel of History | March 6

Space Is the Place & The Last Angel of History | March 6

Space Is the Place Science fiction, blaxploitation, cosmic free-jazz and radical race politics combine when Sun Ra returns to earth in his music-powered space ship to battle for the future of the black race and offer an ‘alter-destiny’ to those who would join him. Intentionally created as an homage to...
Precious | February 27

Precious | February 27

Lee Daniels’ PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no...
Diary of a Mad Black Woman | February 20

Diary of a Mad Black Woman | February 20

Filled with a mix of comedy and drama, the film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is based on the immensely popular play of the same name written by Tyler Perry. The story focuses on Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), who has seemingly had the perfect life with husband Charles McCarter...
Memories of Underdevelopment | Feburary 19

Memories of Underdevelopment | Feburary 19

Havana, 1961.  At the airport, refugees go through the necessary formalities before leaving for the United States. Sergio, a prosperous landlord and self-styled writer, is seeing off his wife and parents, having himself elected to stay and try to come to terms with the new society. His last remaining friend,...
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When Harold Washington Beat the Machine | February 15

When Harold Washington Beat the Machine | February 15

Please note: this is a rescheduling of the program originally titled “Remembering Harold Washington” that was intended to be held on February 1st, but was postponed due to inclement weather. In partnership with South Side Projections, we’re proud to present a screening of films about Mayor Harold Washington. Following the film will be a wide-ranging discussion...
Daughters of the Dust | February 13

Daughters of the Dust | February 13

A film of spellbinding visual beauty and brilliant resonant performances, Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust has become a landmark of independent film. With great lyricism, Daughters tells the story of a large African-American family as it prepares to move North at the dawn of the 20th Century. Using this simple tale, the film brings...
Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line | February 9

Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line | February 9

Barrie Gavin’s compelling documentary portrait of Chi-chi Nwanoku, a world-renowned virtuoso of one of the most challenging musical instruments, the double bass. The effervescent and indomitable Chi-chi recounts the hurdles she faced growing up as a mixed-race child and scaling the musical establishment in Britain, interspersed with luscious performances of Haydn, Berlioz, Elgar, Dvorak, and...
Tongues Untied and Looking for Langston | February 6

Tongues Untied and Looking for Langston | February 6

Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs’ essay film Tongues Untied gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced...
Do the Right Thing | January 30

Do the Right Thing | January 30

Spike Lee’s powerful, gritty film set in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community, reawakened the discussion of race in mainstream American cinema and opened the doors for many future black filmmakers. The movie follows the residents of the neighborhood on the hottest day of the year, as tensions rise around a white-owned pizza parlor, eventually leading to...
The Long White Cloud | January 29

The Long White Cloud | January 29

Black Cinema House is proud to present internationally acclaimed American artist and father William Pope.L’s newest film “The Long White Cloud” (2014, High Definition Video, 37 minutes). ‘The Long White Cloud’ was commissioned by Te Tuhi Exhibition Space as a three-part project and was rehearsed, staged, filmed and installed in Auckland, New Zealand in the...