THE HOUR OF LIBERATION: Decolonizing Cinema, 1966-1981

May 24 - June 13, 2019

Through Thursday, June 13

In the late 1960s and 70s, filmmakers from the so-called “Third World” recognized cinema as both a means for decolonization, and a medium to be decolonized. Directors like Ousmane Sembène(Senegal), Med Hondo (Mauritania), Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines), Fernando Solanas (Argentina), Mustafa Abu Ali (Palestine), Sara Gómez (Cuba), Glauber Rocha (Brazil), and Sarah Maldoror (a French/Guadeloupean filmmaker working in Angola and France) captured liberation movements in progress, satirized national elites and their European aspirations, questioned religious hypocrisy, issued calls to arms against neo-colonialism, considered the limits of revolution, and excavated histories of oppression and resistance — creating a new revolutionary cinema which was wildly inventive and politically explosive.

Special thanks to Suad Amiry, Annouchka de Andrade, Matthieu Grimault (Cinémathèque Française), Khadijeh Habashneh, Gerald Herman, Amèlie Garin-Davet (French Cultural Services), Eric Liknaitzky (Contemporary Films), Teemour Mambèty, Diarah N’Daw-Spech (ArtMattan), Marcia Pereiro dos Santos (Regina Films), Yasmina Price, Hannah Prouse (BFI), Jose Ambros (ICAIC), Ricardo Rivera, Marta Rodriguez, Kunal Sen, Heiny Srour, Elena Rossi-Snook (NYPL Reserve Film & Video Collection), John Sinno (ADF), Joana Sousa, Roselly Torres (Third World Newsreel), Mohanad Yaqubi, Eric Di Bernardo (Rialto Pictures), Emily Woodburne, Brian Belovarac, Ben Crossley-Marra (Janus Films), Carsten Zimmer (Arsenal), Livia Bloom (Icarus).

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