Tongues Untied and Looking for Langston

Tongues Untied Marlon Riggs’ essay film Tongues Untied gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced… Learn More

Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line

Barrie Gavin’s compelling documentary portrait of Chi-chi Nwanoku, a world-renowned virtuoso of one of the most challenging musical instruments, the double bass. The effervescent and indomitable Chi-chi recounts the hurdles she faced growing up as a mixed-race child and scaling the musical establishment in Britain, interspersed with luscious performances of Haydn, Berlioz, Elgar, Dvorak, and… Learn More

Daughters of the Dust

A film of spellbinding visual beauty and brilliant resonant performances, Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust has become a landmark of independent film. With great lyricism, Daughters tells the story of a large African-American family as it prepares to move North at the dawn of the 20th Century. Using this simple tale, the film brings… Learn More

When Harold Washington Beat the Machine

Please note: this is a rescheduling of the program originally titled “Remembering Harold Washington” that was intended to be held on February 1st, but was postponed due to inclement weather. In partnership with South Side Projections, we’re proud to present a screening of films about Mayor Harold Washington. Following the film will be a wide-ranging… Learn More

Memories of Underdevelopment

Havana, 1961. At the airport, refugees go through the necessary formalities before leaving for the United States. Sergio, a prosperous landlord and self-styled writer, is seeing off his wife and parents, having himself elected to stay and try to come to terms with the new society. His last remaining friend, Pablo, has also decided to… Learn More

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Filled with a mix of comedy and drama, the film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is based on the immensely popular play of the same name written by Tyler Perry. The story focuses on Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), who has seemingly had the perfect life with husband Charles McCarter (Steve Harris). Over the years,… Learn More


Lee Daniels’s Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant… Learn More

Get Your Life (Session 2)

This free workshop series presented by BlackGirlInOm is for anyone who agrees it’s time to “get your life.” Together, we’ll each set a 10-year vision and the goals to support that vision. As a community, we’ll nurture each other’s visions and grow toward brighter, more meaningful futures. BlackGirlInOm promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for… Learn More


Marco G. Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, will unveil Nacelle, his new video art exhibition, at Blanc Gallery this Saturday. The word “nacelle” means the streamlined car of an aircraft—from the Latin navicella, meaning “a little ship.” In the film Nacelle, Ferrari traces an idea in formation and the complexities that arise… Learn More