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Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song
U.S., 1971, 97 min, 4K DCP, Dir.Melvin Van Peebles, Rated R
Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 11:30 PM
This film is dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who had enough of the Man.
Event Pricing
Admission Adult - $8.00
Admission Seniors (65 +) with Valid ID - $8.00
Admission Students w/ Valid ID (up to 25 years) - $8.00
Admission Military with Valid ID - $8.00
Admission Child (12 and Under) - $8.00

 
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Included in MoMA’s permanent collection and considered to be among the most significant features ever by an African-American filmmakerSweet Sweetback’s is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as one of the first blaxploitation films. Director/writer/producer/editor/composer Melvin Van Peebles stars as a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed to be a sex show performer. Set up by his boss and two corrupt cops for a murder he didn’t commit, Sweetback escapes custody and is thrust into an increasingly hallucinogenic world of violence and bigotry where no one can be trusted, and the possibility of death lurks at every corner... Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire, as well as surrealist visuals from stalwart genre cinematographer Robert Maxwell (The Candy Snatchers), Van Peebles creates an unforgettable study of perseverance in the face of racism. 

This screening will be introduced by Carter Jackson-Brown...Miami-based curator and Founder/Creative Director of Ad Hoc Cinema; a traveling film+music presentation series and after-school film program.


Film courtesy of Xenon Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive