The sixth edition of this annual festival of black independent film comes to the end of its 17-day-run this weekend at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, 443-3737. Tickets are $5, $3 for Blacklight members (Film Center members’ rates also apply). For more information, call 922-7772.
BODY AND SOUL Paul Robeson, early in his career, stars as a preacher who lives an apparent double life–pious by day, evil by night. Oscar Micheaux, one of the first significant black filmmakers, directed this 1925 production. (DK) (Friday, August 7, 7:30, and Sunday, August 9, 4:00)
THE DEVIL QUEEN Some thematic sharing, apparently, between this 1973 Brazilian feature and American blaxploitation films of the period. A black transvestite achieves the power his aboveground status denies him by becoming a drug dealer in the Rio underworld. With Milton Goncalves and Stepan Nercessian; Antonio Carlos Fontoura directed. (PG) (Saturday, August 8, 7:30, and Sunday, August 9, 8:00)
HANDSWORTH SONGS John Akomfrah, of the activist-oriented Black Audio Film Collective, directed this hour-long documentary on the growth of Britain’s black community and the class economic factors that contributed to the 1985 “racial” rioting in Birmingham and London. (PG) (Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, 6:00)
SITTING IN LIMBO Canadian social drama about three women–poor, black, and single–sharing an apartment in Montreal. They also share a desolating sense of inertia over their economic and social prospects, until one of them decides to improve her own lot, with or without the others’ help. John N. Smith directed. (PG) (Sunday, August 9, 6:00)
TOUKI BOUKI This semiautobiographical feature by Senegalese director Djibril Diop-Mambety is often cited as one of the groundbreaking films of the new African cinema of the early 70s. A rural shepherd and a radical student join forces to finance a dream trip to Paris, with the money-raising scams they concoct eventually leading to a series of farcical misadventures (1973) (PG) (Saturday, August 8, 4:00)