I Am Somebody +
Namibia: Independence Now!
Doc Films, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7pm
Presented by Doc Films at the University of Chicago, South Side Projections, and Arts + Public Life.
Part of “An Open Window: Black Women Directors across the Diaspora” curated by Erisa Apantaku and J. Michael Eugenio.
In I am Somebody (1969, 28 min.), Madeline Anderson, the first Black woman to make a televised documentary, chronicles a 100-day strike by Black women hospital workers in Charleston, SC. Namibia: Independence Now! (Christine Choy and Pearl Bowser, 1985, 55 min.), made by the storied Third World Newsreel collective, highlights women’s centrality to the Namibian liberation movement against South African exploitation through scenes of life in exile and the testimonies of South West Africa People’s Organization members.