NCMA Film Club: Through a Lens Darkly
If you enjoy watching and talking about films, join us for a virtual meeting of the NCMA Film Club! May’s selection is Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, the first documentary to explore the role that photography has played from the 19th century to the present in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans.
Our guest moderator for the discussion is Maya Brooks, Mellon Foundation assistant curator. The director, Thomas Allen Harris, will join us at 7:30 pm to answer questions about the film.
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014). Directed by Thomas Allen Harris. 92 min. NR
Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black, this documentary features works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others. Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery—and a call to action.
About the director
Interdisciplinary artist and scholar Thomas Allen Harris is the creator and host of the PBS series Family Pictures USA—which has garnered critical acclaim and attracted an audience of over 5.3 million viewers. Since 1990 Harris has remixed archives from multiple origins throughout his work, challenging the hierarchy within historical narratives. Read his full bio here.
How it works
The link to watch the film will be included in the registration confirmation email along with the Zoom link to join the discussion. You will also be sent a reminder email with the Zoom meeting info one hour before the event begins.
If you do not receive a confirmation email or for additional questions on the content of this program, email Maria Lopez.
We are working to make our online content accessible. If you need live captions or an ASL interpreter or have another request, email Felicia Ingram.
Screener, synopsis, and image courtesy of Thomas Allen Harris/Chimpanzee Productions
Photo credit: Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas Allen Harris