Twice as Nice
An Open Window
Doc Films, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Monday, May 16, 2022 at 7pm
Presented by Doc Films at the University of Chicago, South Side Projections, and Arts + Public Life. Introduction by Amina Norman-Hawkins.
Part of “An Open Window: Black Women Directors across the Diaspora” curated by Erisa Apantaku and J. Michael Eugenio.
After becoming the first Black woman in the New York camera operators’ union, Jessie Maple turned to directing. In Twice As Nice (1989, 70 min.), twin basketball players compete to become the first woman in the “MBA.” The film stars real-life powerhouses Pamela and Paula McGhee, who led USC to back-to-back NCAA championships in the 1980s, and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. An Open Window (Khady Sylla, 2005, 52 min.) is a film about mental illness among Dakar’s street wanderers. After shooting, Sylla fell ill, “seeing what others don’t see—the dislocated eye, the ancientness of the glass bubble, a sky descended too low, a horizon far too near. I was living the experience from the inside.” Fronza Wood’s Killing Time (1979, 24 min.) is a dark comedy about finding the right outfit to commit suicide in. The New Yorker calls it “among the best short films ever made.”