The 12th edition of the annual festival of black independent film continues from Friday, August 13, through Thursday, August 26, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, and at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased only on the day of the screening. For more information call 649-4855.


Maria Antonia

Adapted from Eugenio Hernandez’s play, this Cuban feature by Sergio Giral, set in Havana in the 50s, concerns a beautiful, rebellious young woman taken to a high priest by her godmother; with Alina Rodriguez and Alexis Valdez (1990). Giral will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 6:00)

Mozart Quarter

Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s comedy-fantasy charmer from Cameroon follows a young girl who betrays too much curiosity for her age and is transformed by a witch into a man. He/she promptly joins a male gang and starts romancing the daughter of a neighborhood cop, i.e. herself. The plot carries a few echoes of George Axelrod’s play Goodbye Charlie, but what’s most notable about this first feature is how much it owes in stylistic eclecticism to the films of Spike Lee–though its folkloric content and sexual politics are quite different. Bekolo’s overall handling of his cast–which includes Sandrine Ola’a, Serge Amougou, Jimmy Biyong, and Essindi Mindja–is delightful (1992). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)

African-American Women in the Arts: Award Winners

Three videos: Angela Kates’s Blacks and Whites, Ann Marie J. Bryan’s Cutting the Edges of a Free Bird (1991), and Bill Armstrong’s Buffalo Soldier. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00 and 9:00)


The third feature of Euzhan Palcy (Sugar Cane Alley, A Dry White Season), shot in France, shows Paris through the eyes of a West Indian child and features Caribbean music; with Jean-Claude Duverger, Jocelyne Beroard, and Maka Kotto (1992). Palcy will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 8:30)


A Question of Color

An hour-long documentary by Kathe Sandler about the state of “black consciousness” in the black American community, based on a five-year study encompassing New York as well as Tuskegee, Alabama (1992). Sandler will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 4:00)

Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

A documentary by Raoul Peck exploring the life of the late prime minister of the Congo (now Zaire); a German-Swiss production. Peck will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 6:00)

Toubab Bi

A first feature by Senegalese director Moussa Toure, an autobiographical story about a Senegalese who leaves his country for Paris (1991). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)

The Man at the Quay

Based on his childhood memories of Haiti under dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Raoul Peck’s new feature focuses on an eight-year-old girl (Jennifer Zubar) who lives in a country town. Peck will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 8:00)


Fear of a Black Hat

A parody inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, Rusty Cundieff’s satirical independent feature follows an imaginary rap band called N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats)–Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, and Mark Christopher Lawrence–and a sociology doctoral candidate (Kasi Lemmons) who follows them around. Cundieff will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 2:00)


See listing under Friday, August 13. (Film Center, 4:30)

Toubab Bi

See listing under Saturday, August 14. (Facets Multimedia, 5:30 and 7:30)

Welcome to the Terradome

The world premiere of an English action thriller set in the near future, about an African family trapped against their will in a segregated city ruled by warring gangs and corrupt police. Directed by Ngozi Onwurah, who will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 7:00)


Wheels and Deals

A South African film directed by Michael Hammon, about an honest man in contemporary Soweto who joins a band of car thieves after being fired from his job for striking (1991). (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)


The Blue Eyes of Yonta

Flora Gomes’s 1991 feature, set in a port city in Guinea-Bissau, about a woman who secretly loves a former revolutionary and friend of her parents, and is secretly loved by a man on the waterfront; with Maysa Marta, Antonio Simao Mendes, and Pedro Dias. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)



See listing under Friday, August 13. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)


Fly by Night

A movie about young rap artists in New York City, directed by Steve Gomer. (Facets Multimedia, 7:00 and 9:00)