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Harvard Black Arts Film Festival

The Black Arts Festival has been an integral part of the Harvard tradition for many years. Its mission is to bring established and aspiring artists, enthusiasts and academics together in a setting conducive to intellectual discourse on the contributions and uniqueness of Black artistic traditions. Now in its third year, the Black Arts Film Festival showcases new voices in cinema.

The festival directors would like to thank Ted Barron of the Harvard Film Archive, Trace magazine, Venus magazine, and Frameline Distribution for their support.


March 1 (Saturday) 3 pm

Student Competition Winners

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France 1960, 35mm, b/w, 140 min.
With Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost
French with English subtitles

This year’s competition drew entries from around the country in fiction, nonfiction, and experimental categories. Last year’s Grand Prize winner was Ryan Richmond, for his film Money Matters. He was a Cannes 2000 American Pavilion/Kodak student filmmaker whose work was presented as an official 2001 Sundance Film Festival selection. This year, the student competition will present the Isaac Julien Grand Prize and awards for Best Fiction and Best Documentary.

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March 1 (Saturday) 3 pm

Student Competition Winners

This year’s competition drew entries from around the country in fiction, nonfiction, and experimental categories. Last year’s Grand Prize winner was Ryan Richmond, for his film Money Matters. He was a Cannes 2000 American Pavilion/Kodak student filmmaker whose work was presented as an official 2001 Sundance Film Festival selection. This year, the student competition will present the Isaac Julien Grand Prize and awards for Best Fiction and Best Documentary.

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March 1 (Saturday) 7 pm

Hip Hop: The New World Order

Directed by Muhammida El Muhajir
US 2001, video, color, 50 min.

Young director Muhammida El Muhajir travels to Japan, England, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Cuba, Brazil, and South Africa to explore hip hop’s impact on global youth and pop culture worldwide. Performance footage of Japanese and Cuban rappers is intercut with brief interviews with such pioneering figures as Chuck D of Public Enemy, The Roots, Dead Prez, Method Man, and their international counterparts.



March 1 (Saturday) 9 pm

Crazy As Hell

Directed by Eriq La Salle
US 2002, 35mm, color, 113 min.
With Michael Beach, Ronny Cox, John C. McGinley

Crazy As Hell is the feature directorial debut of the actor best known for his performance as Dr. Benton on television’s E.R. Director Eriq La Salle tells the story of Ty Adams, a maverick psychiatrist whose non-medicinal approach to treating patients has made him a hero in some circles, an egoist in others. At Sedah State Mental Hospital, Adams agrees to be the subject of a thirty-day documentary that examines the effects of psychiatry on mental illness and, conversely, the effects of mental illness on psychiatry. The study progresses as planned until the day a mysterious stranger admits himself to the hospital claiming to be Satan. Through their intense therapy, the stranger works his way into Adams’s world, unraveling his life and pushing him into a battle that only one of them will survive.

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March 2 (Sunday) 12 pm
Free Admission

A Tribute To Black Queer Filmmakers

This daylong tribute to Black queer filmmakers is an attempt to broaden the definition of Black arts and identity by highlighting the talents of an underrepresented group within the community. In an effort to expose the diversity and vitality of these artists, the program will feature the films of emerging makers as well as established directors such as the late Marlon Riggs and Harvard University Visiting Professor Isaac Julien.

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March 2 (Sunday) 7:30 pm

Chocolate Babies

Directed by Stephen Winter
US 1996, 35mm, color, 83 min.
With Suzanne Gregg Ferguson, Dudley Findlay, Jr., Michael Lynch

Winner of the best feature awards at both the New York and Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals, Chocolate Babies focuses on an underground band of HIV-positive, queer, transvestite activists of color who are making headlines in New York. In an effort to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic, these urban guerrillas stage a series of surprise attacks against conservative politicians they believe are collecting secret lists of HIV-positive individuals. The masterminds behind the action include diva Max Mo-Freak, a sex-crazed cross-dresser with attitude, a junkie transvestite songstress, and an idealistic young Asian militant. Caught up in their extreme methods of activism and self-destructive drug and alcohol binges, the group becomes torn by infighting and begins to lose sight of its mission and the members’ loyalty to each other.

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March 2 (Sunday) 7:30 pm

Life on Christopher Street

Directed by Maria Clara
US 2002, video, color, 30 min.

This documentary is an expose of the rising subculture of Black and Latino gay youth born in the late 1970s and 1980s who were inspired by and now represent the hip-hop generation. Maintaining the aggressive hyper-masculine image and attitudes promoted by the culture, they are nonetheless openly gay, in contradiction to the stereotypical image of homosexuals. Through interviews with these "Homo Thugs," we come to know gay rappers, "Bloods" gang members, pimps, and prostitutes who struggle to maintain dignity as part of a gay minority in a subculture that is biased against the rising gay lifestyle.

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