Saturday
,
Jun 22
,
2024
7:00 pm
at
at
Arverne Cinema
Saturday
,
Jun 22
,
2024
7:00 pm
at
at
Arverne Cinema

BLACK CHARIOT

A Juneteenth Celebration co-presented by Alfreda's Cinema

In remembrance of the enslavement of Black people in the United States and in acknowledgement of those still in forced servitude, Alfreda's Cinema and Rockaway Film Festival co-present our annual Juneteenth program — spotlighting the best in newly restored Black Cinema with Robert Goodwin's Black Chariot (1971) alongside a new short by diasporic artist Zion Estrada. We aim to bridge the old with the new to witness how stories of resistance resonate across time.

The evening will begin at 7pm with an opening libration by Melissa Lyde and a performance by the Rhythm in Blue drummers led by Betty Blue Jazz.

The screening will begin at 8:30pm.

Black Chariot by Robert Goodwin, 1971. 90 min.

"Robert Goodwin wrote, produced, and directed this lost gem of American independent cinema. Opening during a tense meeting between members of an underground Black Power group that leads to a stunning foot chase, Goodwin’s film weaves past and present to tell the story of the social awakening of a character only referred to as “the drifter” (Bernie Casey). Shot on both 35mm and video and boasting a fierce, early performance from L.A. Rebellion icon Barbara O. Jones, Black Chariot is a fascinatingly iconoclastic revelation. Though world-premiered at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1971, Black Chariot has remained under-screened for decades—until now." —Academy Museum

2,340 Miles from 1880 by Zion Estrada & Mitch McEwen, 2024. 12min.

A work of cinema-as-archive-as-monument, 2,340 Miles from 1880 is a meditative assemblage film that uses found video, archival documents, photographs, and original music to trace the flow of Black rebellion along the Mississippi River during the Great Migration, from the plantation to the inner-city. Directed by Zion Estrada in collaboration with Black Reconstruction Collective.

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