Third Eye: Films of the Black Experience | Chicago Reader

Third Eye: Films of the Black Experience

Short films and videos by local filmmakers, showing in celebration of Black History Month, including Matt Woods's Nervous System (2001), Angelique Westerfield's Blackbird (2001) and Speak, Archie Roper's Seeds of Change (2000), Wendy Greene's Black Cowboys (1998), and Ronit Bezalel's Voices of Cabrini (1998), which Jonathan Rosenbaum describes as “terse, informative, and convincing. . . . Bezalel's half-hour video documents the eviction of longtime residents from Chicago's midcity ghetto due to what's euphemistically called 'city planning' (the city claims that these people will be able to move back into the area, but so far most of them haven't been able to find affordable housing). The story is basically told by the people being uprooted, and the feel for the neighborhood and its history is what leaves the strongest impression; Bezalel and her cinematographer, Antonio Ferrera, are especially good in handling the closing down of a barbershop.” The program runs 66 minutes.

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