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Archive Treasures: Amiri Baraka

July 30 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Archive Treasures is a year-round series that showcases works from the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s extensive holdings, which comprise one of the largest moving image collections in the world. Included are rarely screened gems presented in original and restored prints.

Amiri Baraka
A polarizing figure at every turn of his multifaceted career as poet, playwright, critic, scholar and activist, Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) never wavered from his conviction that art and politics were intrinsically intertwined. This edition of Archive Treasures highlights works in the collection based on and inspired by Baraka’s radical vision.

Introduction by Professor Dominic Taylor, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Medea (1973)
Ben Caldwell’s Medea juxtaposes live action scenes of a pregnant Black body and a rapid-fire montage of still images representing the sweep of African and African American history.

Dutchman (U.K., 1966)
Director Anthony Harvey’s adaptation of Amiri Baraka’s play Dutchman, from a script by Baraka, barrels forward with the terrifying, palpable danger of a subway car roaring through a station. Through the prolonged encounter between two ostensible commuters, a Black man (Al Freeman, Jr.) and a white woman (Shirley Knight), Baraka illuminates white supremacism’s insidious impact on Black identity and society at large.


July 30
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States