Tuesday Series

Tuesday, August 24 at 7pm

MALNI—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore – Exclusive Area Premiere!

Sky Hopinka (US 2020) 80 min. DCP.

A poetic, experimental debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, Małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world, and something much deeper inside. At its center are Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, who take separate paths contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. Probing questions about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopinka’s film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.

“Watching Malni…I felt a sense of replenishment. A lyrical art film that uses ancestral storytelling techniques to share experiences of Indigenous living and political resistance.”— Cassie Da Costa, Vanity Fair

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Tuesday, August 31 at 7pm

SANKOFA – Archival Print!

Haile Gerima (USA/Ghana/Burkina Faso/Germany 1993) 125 min. 35MM.

The story begins with Black American model Mona, who is taking part in a photo shoot at a Ghanaian slave fort.  Mona undergoes a journey back in time and place to a slave plantation in North America where she becomes Shola, a house slave, and experiences the suffering of slavery firsthand.  In becoming Shola and returning to her past culture and heritage, Mona is able to recover her lost slave identity and confront her ancestral experience. The film’s narrative structure follows the concept of “Sankofa,” an Akan word that signifies the recuperation of one’s past in order to comprehend the present and find one’s future. Sankofa is an influential work in African Diaspora cinema and also consolidated Gerima’s principled position as an independent filmmaker.

Presented in conjunction with Bucknell’s first year reading of and programming around Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ The Water Dancer.

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Tuesday, September 7 at 7pm

ANNE AT 13,000 FT – Exclusive East Coast Premiere!

Kazik Radwanski (Canada 2019) 75 min. DCP. With Deragh Campbell, Dorothea Paas.

Anne hasn’t been the same since the jump. While skydiving for her best friend Sara’s bachelorette party, the 27-year-old felt focused, free, above it all. Back on the ground, the pressures of her daily life threaten to overwhelm her. Her coworkers at the daycare center are constantly questioning the way she connects with the children. At Sara’s wedding, she meets a nice guy named Matt, but she can’t help bringing him into ever-more-awkward social situations. As the stressful circumstances mount, Anne prepares for another jump. From a rip-roaring skydive to moments of quiet reverie, this electrifying pairing of two of the brightest young stars in cinema captures its protagonist’s experience with an unflinching directness, a volatile mix of Dardenne brothers immediacy and Cassavetes naturalism.

“There is simply no one else today experimenting with form and character, and succeeding on both fronts, like Radwanski.” – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

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