Filmscene

African Diaspora

FilmScene highlights the work of African American filmmakers and films and artists of the African diaspora through year-round screenings and events curated in collaboration with members of the Iowa City community.

Previous Screenings

FILMSCENE 101: THE BLACK IMAGE IN COMICS

2015 / /

This four week virtual course focuses on the ways the Black image in cinematic adaptation of comics reflect, comment upon, or distort the diversity of African America and the history of people of African descent.

MR SOUL!

2020 / USA / Melissa Haizlip +

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL. Presented FREE February 18 through 21!

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES

2021 / / Various

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back.

DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS US

1991 / UK + / Julie Dash

Tracie Morris, Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, performs live with Julie Dash’s groundbreaking film, Daughters of the Dust, looking at the film as an African-American “historical” film, in hindsight as well as her own “interpretive” reflections on the film in the 31 years since she served on the film crew.