AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA

SUNDAY, SEPT, 22 • 4:15

BLACK PANTHERS

Varda’s short film introduced the world to the Black Panthers, their activity, and philosophies, resulting in what would become an incredible piece of film history, featuring members H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Bill Brent, Bobby Seale, and an imprisoned Huey P. Newton, interviewed in his holding cell. Varda’s snapshot of the essential moment in Oakland when the BPP organized and rallied to free Newton has become referential source material, highlighting the power of the political movement that offered free meals to children, protection from the police, and leftist revolution for and by the black community. This film serves as a blueprint for resistance from the forebears of the fight that continues today. Director: Agnès Varda (US/France 1968) 15 min.

UNCLE YANCO

In her effervescent first California film, Agnès Varda delves into her own family history. The short documentary Uncle Yanco features Varda tracking down a Greek emigrant relative she’s never met, living in the ‘aquatic suburbs’ of San Francisco, and discovering a fellow artist and kindred soul leading a bohemian life on his houseboat in Sausalito. Director: Agnès Varda (US/France 1967) 22 min.

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ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T

SUNDAY, SEPT, 29 • 4:15

“…one of the most appealing films by a French director whose best work has always found a balance between the heart and the mind.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Agnès Varda’s enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de coeur. Spanning more than a decade, it traces the ups and downs – abortion, heartbreak, marriage, motherhood – of two friends, Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard). Even as their lives radically diverge, they remain steadfastly devoted to one another while finding ways to empower other women: one as a traveling feminist folk singer, the other as a reproductive rights activist. Set against France’s pro-choice struggle (of which Varda herself was on the frontlines) this tender and intimate epic celebrates the power of women to lift one another up. Director: Agnès Varda (France 1977) 120 min.

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