Twice as Nice
Jessie Maple / 1979 / 70 min. / digital video
Doc Films, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7pm
Presented by Doc Films at the University of Chicago, South Side Projections, and Arts + Public Life.
Introduced by Danielle Scruggs.
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. Preceded by Ngozi Onwurah’s Coffee Coloured Children (1988, 15 min.), an affecting meditation on internalized racism.