Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

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General Public:$12.00
Film Info
Program:We the People: Required Watching
Virtual Cinema
Culture & Society
Comedy Drama
Release Year:2020
Runtime:82 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Full Spectrum Features
Director:Antu Yacob
Lande Yoosuf
Toryn Seabrooks
Ya’ke Smith
Zora Bikangaga
Kyla Sylvers
Lin Que Ayoung


Showing February 14-28 IN MSP FILM'S VIRTUAL CINEMA

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Your ticket purchase directly benefits MSP Film Society during these challenging times, thank you!

Reserve your ticket and start watching Sunday, February 14. You will have 48 hours to complete once you begin watching.

We the People: Required Watching Conversation: Monday, February 22 at 7:00pm. Registration is FREE.


MSP Film Society presents a special We the People: Required Watching live conversation with filmmakers Kyla Sylvers (Producer, Writer - The Black Banshee), Antu Yacob (Co-Writer, Executive Producer, Lead Actress - Love in Submission), and Lande Yoosuf (Director - Love in Submission), moderated by MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Laurence Rice.

We the People: Required Watching is an ongoing screening series of films that speak powerfully to systemic inequality, followed by conversations with filmmakers and community leaders discussing ways we can support social justice and anti-racism efforts within our communities. The series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation and KNOCK, Inc. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

About Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. The program is designed to support the participating filmmakers first and foremost – structured so that they receive adequate compensation for their work.

Love in Submission

Directed by Lande Yoosuf | Produced by Antu Yacob
Worlds collide when two different Muslim women meet each other for the first time through a mutual third party. "My work explores identity, migration, the complexities of love, and the multi-layered experiences of women of the African diaspora." –Antu Yacob

A Hollywood Party

Directed by Toryn Seabrooks
An aspiring TV host encounters her lifelong idol at a Hollywood party but is mortified after the superstar accidentally spits on her lip mid-conversation. "I'd describe my cinematic style as seriously absurd and colorfully dark." –Toryn Seabrooks

Pandemic Chronicles

Directed by Ya'Ke
A three-part anthology series about love, loss and grief during quarantine. "My style is high art told through a socially-conscious lens." –Ya'Ke Smith

Content Advisory: Pandemic Chronicles includes full nudity/mature content

Auntie Zariyah

Directed by Zora Bikangaga
Zach crashes with an auntie he's never met before and soon finds out that Auntie Zariyah is a 12-year-old influencer. "Some central themes in my work are family, grief, and the search for connection." –Zora Bikangaga

The Black Banshee

Directed by John D Hay, Jr. | Produced by Kyla Sylvers
Convinced by her friends and boyfriend to enjoy a night out after losing her job, Yvie begins to question her own mind when the visions she's been having start to have dangerous consequences. "My work focuses on genre-bending narratives that center black women, with elements of history sprinkled throughout." –Kyla Sylvers

Content Advisory: The Black Banshee features police violence


Directed by Lin Que Ayoung
A middle-aged Latina flees her controlling husband for a night of unadulterated freedom. "My artistic influences include Hitchcock, Kubrick, Wong Kar-wai, Park Chan-wook, Chloé Zhao, and Ava DuVernay." –Lin Que Ayoung

Statement from the Curator: Curtis Caesar John, The Luminal Theater

The “Paradox of Expectation”...it’s the idea that wanting to rid yourself of expectations is a paradox – literally the expectation of no expectation. In these six films from emerging Black filmmakers, what the protagonists experience as the world they woke up to is not the one from which they're now appearing. Are they lying to themselves about who they are, or is the truth just not what they expect, but what they deserve?

Extraordinary foreign films, must-see American indies, and groundbreaking documentaries from around the world, screening weekly at MSP Film Society.