On the Other Island & Eyes of the Rainbow
Doc Films, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Monday, April 18, 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 On the Other Island (1968, 40 min.), Sara Gómez—the only Black woman in revolutionary Cuba’s film industry—elicits testimonies from the youth of a fledgling revolutionary island colony. In Eyes of the Rainbow (1997, 47 min.), Assata Shakur reflects on life as a political prisoner, interspersed with Afro-Cuban images, songs, and dances. “I come from a tradition of woman maroons, who didn’t just try to escape oppression, but who totally were committed to resisting and to winning.”