Sunday Oct 22: Inspire a Revolution
Standing on the Shoulders facilitates a journey through the minds of some of the most explicit and groundbreaking prose slangers to ever have breathed the living word. The Last Poets indie flick Right On! captures a candid performance on a rooftop somewhere in Harlem, and proceeds to shift the paradigm of Blackness through an urgency of creativity. Malcolm X is an Oscar-nominated documentary feature that consists almost entirely of Malcolm X's words, either from speeches and interviews, or read from his autobiography (by James Earl Jones, of course), and the personal insight here is tremendously valuable. As it is often the case, that a feature film representation of a non-fictional character is more poetic, more prescient than their real-life counterpart, here the reverse is true. There is nothing like hearing the real man speak. It's impossible to imagine a more eloquent, passionate, exciting speaker. Every sentence is a perfectly formed, poetically beautiful example of a master orator capturing the hearts and minds of his people, and making a revolution irresistible.
THE LAST POETS: RIGHT ON! at 4pm (All poets are encouraged to attend.)
Herbert Danska, 1972, 122 min
MALCOM X (THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY) at 6:30pm
Arnold Perl, 1972, 91 min