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Ganja & Hess (1973) & Namibia: Independence Now! (U.S./Namibia, 1985)

July 24, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:40 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986.”

Ganja & Hess (1973)
Directed by Bill Gunn.

Filmmaker Bill Gunn’s complexly layered, highly allegorical and lushly photographed iteration of vampire mythology dramatizes the psychology of addiction and engages with the tensions between European and African diasporic cultures and religions. This not-to-be-missed experience is one of the masterpieces of American art cinema.

Producer: Chiz Schultz. Director: Bill Gunn. Screenwriter: Bill Gunn. Cinematographer: James E. Hinton. Editor: Victor Kanefsky. With: Marlene Clark, Duane Jones, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon, Leonard Jackson.

113 min.

Followed by:
Namibia: Independence Now! (U.S./Namibia, 1985)
Directed by Christine Choy.

Produced for the United Nations Council on Namibia to illustrate life under apartheid and the struggle of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) for independence, the film depicts the significant role of women in this struggle.

Producer: Pearl Bowser. Director: Christine Choy. Cinematographer: Doug Harris, Alfred Santana. Editor: Allan Siegel.

55 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

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July 24, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:40 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States