A look into the polarizing attributes of Water as a conduit in the Black experience. Water can be all things catastrophic—a burial, an ending, humanity's evolving transporter through time and space—while cradling life as we know it. Water's vitality remains a touchstone for Black filmmakers, often channeling a spiritual connection centered between scenes. Waterproof visualizes Water's historical importance to Black life, reframed by these filmmakers and concluding with an essay film compiled by Melissa Lyde.
Guest programmed by Melissa Lyde, co-presented by Alfreda's Cinema.
TOWARDS THE COLONIES by Myriam Charles. 2016. 5 min.
WATER RITUAL #1: AN URBAN RITE OF PURIFICATION by Barbara McCullough. 1979. 6 min.
MAMAN BRIGITTE by Ayanna Dozier. 2021. 3 min.
SHE GATHER ME by Miatta Kawinzi. 2021. 11 min.
WATERFALLS by F. Gary Gray. 1995. 4 min.
NEGRO BAPTISM filmed by Reverend S. S. Jones. mid-1920s. 1 min.
FOR OUR GIRLS by Imani Dennison & Michele Stephenson. 2021. 10 min.
Thanks to Third World Newsreel.
Post-screening DJ set by Jon Jon Hernandez next door at Rockaway Brewing Co. until midnight.
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