Illusions and Your Children Come Back to You

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The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. This highly-acclaimed drama by one of the leading African American women directors follows Mignon’s dilemma, Ester’s struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. From the director of the critically acclaimed Daughters of the Dust. (Excerpt from the Women Make Movies catalog). Directed by Julie Dash (1982, 34 mins, 16mm/DVD).
Alile Sharon Larkin’s first film is a contemporary allegory about values and assimilation. The film literalizes the meaning of a “mother country” by means of the story of a young girl, Tovi, torn between two surrogate mothers: one comfortably bourgeois, the other nationalist. (Excerpt from the Women Make Movies catalog). Directed by Alile Sharon Larkin (1979, 27 mins, 16mm/DVD).

Black Cinema House | 7200 S. Kimbark

This screening is part of the Friday Film Forum, a series presented in conjunction with Professor Jacqueline Stewart’s University of Chicago course, “African American Cinema Since 1970.”