Sure, this is short notice but if you are available tonight, Wed., Oct. 19, you might want to consider heading to SPACE Gallery in Portland for a free screening of the film “Black Memorabilia” being presented with The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.
Post-screening there will be a live video chat with the filmmaker Chico Colvard.
Here’s what we know about the film from SPACE Gallery:
“At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, BLACK MEMORABILIA follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary Brooklyn, we observe the people and places that reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia. This work-in-progress documentary takes us on a journey into the material culture of racialized artifacts and confronts us with the incendiary features of these objects. It also disrupts any comfortable notions about narrative – and calls into question who gets to tell what stories, and why – by revealing the storytelling machinations and Chico Colvard’s participation as an African American filmmaker. In the midst of roiling ethnic unrest in the US today, the film’s confrontation of our feelings about these objects strikes at the heart of a pressing contemporary issue and opens a unique dialogue about the continuing legacy of racism in America.”
And if the trailer is any indication, it is going to be educational, enlightening, shocking and most certainly eye-opening.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19
WHERE: SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland
HOW MUCH: FREE
Here’s the trailer for “Black Memorabilia”