2011. US. 86 min. Directed by Dee Rees.
Groundbreaking for its compelling and unique portrait of a black lesbian coming of age in Brooklyn, PARIAH was the directorial feature debut of Dee Rees (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for MUDBOUND). The film is not only remarkable for how it addresses topics of identity, freedom, acceptance, and sexuality, but for its depiction of complex relationships within an African American family structure. For tonight’s presenter, writer and Black Lives Matter activist Erica Cardwell, the film “helped to end my dance with shame and really freed something inside of me." Join us for this powerful film with breakout performances by Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans!
Tickets Available, here.
A collaborative project by Thomas Choinacky and Christopher Kennedy, Weedy Resistance, is performative field study to examine and make visible multispecies migration and human-nonhuman relationships in Long Island City, Queens. The project centers and celebrates the knowledge and value of spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds) and other forms of “alien” life as a way to understand Long Island City’s colonial-industrial past and ongoing shifts in climate and urban “development”.
The walk will begin at Flux Factory, as a part of an exhibition and activation of a community garden in Long Island City, Queens called Wilder City.
I'll be joining the discussion as a new Brooklynite, who lived the previous 15 years in the same apartment in Astoria, Queens.