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Faculty Member Michelle Materre’s Series Acclaimed by the New Yorker

Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film Michelle Materre‘s curated series, “One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970–1991,” programmed for BAMcinématek, was called “the most important repertory series of the year” by Richard Brody in the New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2017-in-review/the-best-movies-of-2017

“It has always been so for women in the movie industry, and it is all the more so for women of color, who have faced, both in the corridors of the business and in the columns of critical consideration, a double dose of indifference, neglect, and dismissal. The most important repertory series of the year, “One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970–1991,” programmed for bamCinématek by Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre, included films by Julie Dash, Fronza Woods, Kathleen Collins, Monona Wali, and others. These filmmakers, among the best of the time, responsible for masterworks in their youth, haven’t had the careers that their early work promised—or haven’t had careers at all. (The trouble they faced in the industry is pointedly dramatized in one of the films in the series, Dash’s 1982 featurette “Illusions,” a historical fantasy-drama about a black woman producer in Hollywood during the Second World War—and about sexual harassment.)” – Richard Brody, the New Yorker

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