Black Earth Film Series

The difference between death and life, between extinction and abundance, is the difference between dirt and soil…
— The Need to Grow

Black Earth is a film series organized by Princeton’s Dorothy Krauklis ’78 Professor of Visual Arts Deana Lawson in collaboration with Visiting Professor in the Program in Visual Arts and the Department of Art and Archaeology Tina Campt. It aspires to a twofold intervention in how we envision the multiple ecologies of our planet. On the one hand, it is a meditation on Earth’s landscape through a deep dive into one of the primary materials that supports and sustains it: soil. It engages soil in its most elevated state, as nutrient rich black soil that nurtures and enriches a multitude of species. On the other hand, it hones in on Earth as a social ecology inhabited, shaped, and enlivened by Black genius.

The series includes films by Khalik Allah, Rob Herring, Kahlil Joseph, Onye Anyanwu, Bradford Young and John Akomfrah and curated conversations with the filmmakers and a selection of their collaborators.

The Black Earth series is supported through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund.

Tickets and Details

Held in the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau on the Princeton University campus, all screenings are free and open to the public. Free tickets are required; reserve tickets through University Ticketing. Separate tickets are required for each screening in the series.

 

James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. · Presented by: Department of Art and ArchaeologyProgram in Visual Arts

Filmmaker John Akomfrah screens two of his films followed by a recorded conversation with Akomfrah and Princeton's Tina Campt as part of the Black Earth film series organized by Lawson and Campt. Free and open to the public; advance tickets required through University Ticketing.

James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. · Presented by: Department of Art and ArchaeologyProgram in Visual Arts

Kahlil Joseph, Onye Anyanwu (BLKNWS) and Bradford Young (REkOGNIZE) screen their work in-person and join in conversation with Princeton's Deana Lawson and Tina Campt as part of the Black Earth film series organized by Lawson and Campt. Free and open to the public; advance tickets required through University Ticketing.

James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. · Presented by: Program in Visual Arts

Filmmaker Rob Herring screens his and Ryan Wirick's award-winning documentary film, "The Need to GROW," an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement, followed by a Q&A discussion via Zoom. Part of the Black Earth film series organized by Princeton's Deana Lawson and Tina Campt. Free and open to the public; advance tickets required through University Ticketing. Virtual screening option also available via Zoom.

James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. · Presented by: Program in Visual Arts

Filmmaker Khalik Allah screens his award-winning film, "Black Mother," an audio-visual love letter to Jamaica, followed by an in-person Q&A discussion with the filmmaker. Part of the Black Earth film series organized by Princeton's Deana Lawson and Tina Campt. Free and open to the public; advance tickets required through University Ticketing.

Tickets

All screenings in the Black Earth Film Series are free and open to the public. Tickets required.

Accessibility

The event space is wheelchair accessible. Guests in need of access accommodations should contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or LewisCenter@princeton.edu for assistance at least 1 week in advance of the event date.

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