Cronies- February 23, 2017
Louis and Jack have been friends since forever, so how could anything as lame as adulthood change that? But Louis's first adorable attempts at grown-folk business are increasingly at odds with Jack's ceaseless quest for new damns not to give. One hot summer day, Louis makes plans with his new friend Andrew, and Jack refuses to get left behind, both metaphorically and literally. Twenty-four hours later, everything has changed.
Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed- March 16, 2017
Join us at the museum March 16th as we present the next film in our 2017 film series, the award winning Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed. Chisholm '72 recaptures the times and spirit of a watershed event in American politics, when a black woman dared to take an equal place on the presidential dias. This event is FREE and open to the public.
HMAAC and ARRAYNow Present: Namour- March 31, 2017
Join HMAAC for the continuation of our partnership with Ava Duvernay's ARRAY Films as we present Namour. Namour follows Steven, a young man going nowhere. When Steven's mother announces that she's selling the house - the only home Steven has ever known - because they can no longer afford it, Steven's behavior starts to change in strange ways.
Presenting Princess Shaw- May 25, 2017
This uplifting documentary celebrates the unlikely musical connection between New Orleans-based singer Samantha Montgomery and Israeli composer and multimedia artist Kutiman. Samantha writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw, posting them on her YouTube channel. Kutiman discovers her talent and the two strangers begin to collaborate over the 7,000 miles that separate them. As Samantha reveals herself to be a survivor of sexual abuse, she emphasizes her fight to make her dreams come true.The film climaxes with an exhilarating performance in Israel, where Princess Shaw's emotional performances are showcased in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion.
HMAAC and ARRAYNow Presents: The House on Coco Road-June 22, 2017
Continuing our relationship with Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY Now, we present the House on Coco Road, an intimate documentary exploration of heritage and history against the backdrop of a brewing Afro-centric revolution as the U.S. government prepares to invade the island nation of Grenada.
Olympic Pride, American Predjudice
September 7, 2016
In 1936, when 18 African American athletes, dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler, participated in Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow racism. History forgot about all except one. This is the story of the other 17!
Sembene! - September 21, 2017
To speak of African cinema is to speak the name of Ousmane Sembene. Known as "the father of African film," this was no easy title to bear, as shown in this personal essay about one of the world's greatest artists. Sembene! takes you from Dakar, Senegal, to the docks of Marseille, France, to New York City. In a career spanning 40 years, Sembene tasted the highs and the lows, only to re-invent himself with a powerful blend of documentary, French New Wave, and Realism, creating films that shocked the sociopolitical power structures of the day. Classics like Xala, Black Girl, and Moolaade established his cinematic vision and made him an international emissary who presented the inner lives of his people on film. Told by those who knew him best and with fascinating archival interviews, Sembene! constructs a revealing portrait of a curious, cantankerous, and deeply intellectual artist. Sembene promoted a new vision of Africa, and his films injected that vision into the world. Sembene! is a testament to the power of story, highlighting how it can plant a seed of thought that crosses generations.
HMAAC and ARRAY Now Present: TEACH US ALL - September 28, 2017
Marking the directorial debut from Sonia Lowman, the timely documentary TEACH US ALL examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.
Fences - October 19th
Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.
Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart - December 15
Nearly six decades later Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed, groundbreaking play “A Raisin in the Sun” remains a beloved theatrical jewel, but the fascinating story of its author is not widely known. In the new feature-length documentary Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life and work of this passionate writer and civil-rights advocate, who played a significant role in the major cultural and political movements of her time.