Tonight at 7 pm in CalArts' Bijou Auditorium, the ongoing Structuring Strategies film class and screening series welcomes filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, who'll show his work and present the lecture Queering the African Diaspora Through Visual Narrative.
Harris, who lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change, is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships.
Among his short films to be screened are: Splash (1991), Black Body (1992), VINTAGE – Families of Value (1995), E Minha Cara/That’s My Face (2001), Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing & the Fight for Fairness (2011), Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (work in progress) as well as two installations: AFRO (is just a hairstyle): Notes on a Journey Through the African Diaspora, and Alchemy.
To read more about these projects, visit the event's calendar page.
Below, VOA News' Carolyn Turner reports on Harris' documentary, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), a story of the first freedom fighters from South Africa exiled during apartheid:
Structuring Strategies: Thomas Allen Harris’ ‘Queering the African Diaspora Through Visual Narrative’
CalArts' Bijou Theater
Tuesday, Sept. 20