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Socrates Outdoor Cinema

An international film festival every Wednesday from July 11 to August 29

DetailsJuly 18, 2018
Socrates Sculpture Park

Marking its 20th anniversary, this outdoor film festival highlights Socrates Sculpture Park as a community space for the celebration of many cultures in one of the world’s most diverse places – the borough of Queens.

This summer’s lineup includes films from Mauritania, Greece, Sweden, Venezuela, Spain, and the USA, among others and were selected through partnerships with Film Forum and Rooftop Films.

The films are presented in their original language with English subtitles. This evening series is intended for an adult audience and is not appropriate for children.

Each evening features regional cuisine from neighboring Queens restaurants and performances by local musicians and dancers that celebrate the culture of the film’s country of origin. Pre-screening performances begin at 7:00pm and films begin at sunset (weather permitting). The evening’s food and performance line-up will be announced the week prior.

This week’s film is: BLACK MOTHER (USA/Jamaica)
Directed by Khalik Allah, 2018, 77 mins.
Programmed by Rooftop Films.

Part film, part baptism, Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual odyssey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Immersed into the sacred, the profane, and everything in-between, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history and the urgent present.

Preceded By:
Directed by Carlos Morales Mancilla, 2018, Mexico, 12 mins.
Programmed by Rooftop Films

Hugo ran away from the cartel violence in Guerrero, Mexico. As he watches whales swimming in the cold sea of Baja California Norte, he narrates how his 14 year old brother was brutally murdered. At only 16 years old, Hugo is burdened by profound sadness but is driven by the desire to cross the wall and reunite with his father – the only remaining member of his family.

Visit Socrates Sculpture Park’s website for more information.