Not A Film Fest:

Anti-Colonial Conversations

Baltimore and Beyond

Organized by members of Baltimore Palestine Solidarity

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Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore, a program explores the theme of social justice movements of the past and present that have largely been unrecognized or misrepresented. By crafting a program anchored in film, lively conversation, and debate, we aim to make clear the intimate (and sometimes problematic) connections between struggles nationally and internationally.

This series is open and free to the public and encourages spectators to become participants. We invite all people of Baltimore and beyond to join us for cinema, conversation, and a building of community.

Nelson Mandela famously said,“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Palestinians too, know well, that their freedom is deeply connected to the freedom of other Black and brown and indigenous peoples struggling under the yoke of colonialism, Zionism, capitalism, and imperialism. To make clear these intimate connections and to inspire a conversation locally that is global and intersectional in its commitment to justice and liberation, the Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations Series, led by Baltimore Palestine Solidarity in partnership with local organizations, will curate a series of film screenings and conversations focused on non-Western radical cinema (also known as Third Cinema), across diverse spaces and places in Baltimore city. These films and the community that gathers to discuss them will reflect the diversity of voices across the world that seek to illuminate historical legacies of colonialism and people-led struggles for freedom and liberation. By exploring these connections as a community, through the dual vehicles of film and conversation, we hope to build together a broader more radical imagination of what our future can be-in Baltimore, Palestine, and beyond.

This series was inspired in part by Third Cinema:

“Before and after the making of "La hora de los Hornos" we tried various methods for the distribution of revolutionary cinema - the little we had made up to then. Each showing
for militants, middle level cadres, activists, workers and university students became - without our having set ourselves this aim beforehand - a kind of enlarged cell meeting of which the films were a part but not the most important factor. We thus discovered a new facet of cinema; the participation of people who, until then, were considered spectators”

Towards a Third Cinema
-Fernando Solanas and Octavio Gettino