Take Your Bags

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    A String of Pearls
    Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Mar 20, 2023 7:00 PM
    In the final installment of her acclaimed Family Trilogy, Camille Billops turns the camera on four generations of men in her family and considers the ways in which urban violence, unemployment, and the early deaths of their own fathers have shaped their lives. Preceded by the short film Take Your Bags.
    Film Info
    Release Year:1998
    Director:Camille Billops
    Rating:Not Rated


    This short film will precede the screening of A String of Pearls. Learn more here.

    Camille Billops explores the legacy of slavery and the theft of cultural memory. In Take Your Bags, the filmmaker shares her take on slavery, "when the Africans boarded the ships bound for America, they carried in their bags all their memories of home. When they arrived in the New World, their bags had been switched... Many generations later, the children of these Africans toured the Museum of Modern Art to see the sculptures and art of Picasso, Braque and Matisse. Lo! There were the beautiful icons of their ancestors, the images that had been stolen from their bags." This film was commissioned by the National Black Arts Festival and by filmmaker Louis Massiah, the founder and director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia.

    This series is guest programmed by Dr. Terri Francis, click here to read her essay about Camille Billops.