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Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts

Bronco Bullfrog

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Seventeen year old Del, with no money and nowhere to go, breaks into train cars with his cool, fresh out of borstal (reform school) pal Bronco Bullfrog. But one day he meets the lovely Irene, and despite an earful from his d… read more

Living on Air: The Films of Sandra Lahire (Program One)

Philadelphia, PA EDT
“I have used my portable 16mm camera as a light-painting pencil-in-motion” writesSandra Lahire in her 1995 artist statement. Lahire (1950–2001) was a central figure inthe experimental feminist filmmaking community that emerg… read more

Living on Air: The Films of Sandra Lahire (Program Two)

Philadelphia, PA EDT
“I have used my portable 16mm camera as a light-painting pencil-in-motion” writesSandra Lahire in her 1995 artist statement. Lahire (1950–2001) was a central figure inthe experimental feminist filmmaking community that emerg… read more

Distant

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Mahmut is a relatively successful commercial photographer who has been struggling to come to terms with the growing gap between his artistic ideals and his professional obligations. His tedious workload, coupled with the lin… read more

Wilmington 10

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Gerima’s first documentary delves into the case of ten men and women―nine Black and one white, almost all high school students―who were wrongfully convicted in 1971 in North Carolina for arson of a white-owned business. In h… read more

Sambizanga

Philadelphia, PA EDT
A revolutionary bombshell by one of Africa’s first female directors, Sarah Maldoror’s electrifying chronicle of Angola’s awakening independence movement is a stirring hymn to those who risked everything in the fight for free… read more
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Past Events

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Philadelphia, PA
As the romantic monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. Monsoon Wedding traces five intersecting stories, navigating different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class, geography, and identity. (Mira Nair…
Friday, June 10 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Guns of the Trees

Guns of the Trees

Philadelphia, PA
Overshadowed by his 16mm diaristic work of later years, Jonas Mekas’s debut film, Guns of the Trees, a feature-length experimental narrative shot on 35mm, is nonetheless a foundational work both within his own filmography and within the nascent New American Cinema movement. As such, it qualifies as…
Friday, June 3 2022 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

The Wobblies

The Wobblies

Philadelphia, PA
Founded in Chicago in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changed the course of American history. This compelling documentary of the IWW (or “The Wobblies” as they were known) tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, …
Wednesday, May 4 2022 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

The Bloody Child

The Bloody Child

Philadelphia, PA
A young US Marine, recently back from the Gulf War, was found digging a grave for his murdered wife in the middle of the California Mojave. Inspired by this real event, Menkes turns the man’s arrest—a single moment in time—into a harrowing hallucinatory journey. Shot in North Africa and 29 Palms, C…
Wednesday, May 11 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Phantom Love

Phantom Love

Philadelphia, PA
Phantom Love is a surreal drama about an enmeshed family, in which violence and trauma are steadily percolating, just beneath the surface. The main character, Lulu (Marina Shoif) appears at first to be a continuation of the frozen heroine Tinka represented in Menkes’s earlier films and refers to h…
Thursday, May 12 2022 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

Dissolution

Dissolution

Philadelphia, PA
Loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Dissolution combines an almost surreal fairy-tale energy with brutal black-and-white realism to explore the condition of violence which permeates contemporary Israeli society. Shot in Jaffa (the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv), the movie …
Friday, May 13 2022 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

Queen of Diamonds & The Great Sadness of Zohara

Queen of Diamonds & The Great Sadness of Zohara

Philadelphia, PA
Critically acclaimed for her radical feminist body of work, Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (Sun- dance ’91) is the second title in a quartet of films (alongside The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983), Magdalena Viraga (1986), and The Bloody Child (1996)), that Menkes produced, wrote, directed, and shot…
Friday, May 6 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Magdalena Viraga

Magdalena Viraga

Philadelphia, PA
Set in decaying boudoirs and bloody dance halls, within the brutal confines of an oppressive regime and the back reaches of the protagonist’s mind, Magdalena Viraga is a tale of murder and crucifixion, alienation and friendship, past and present. It leaves us empty of hope but full of desire. It is…
Thursday, May 5 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Kamikaze Hearts

Kamikaze Hearts

Philadelphia, PA
Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating, Juliet Bashore’s quasi-documentary plunge into the 1980s porn industry takes an unsparing look at issues of misogyny, drug abuse, and exploitation via the story of two women—the naive newcomer Tigr and her partner, the magnetic, im…
Thursday, June 9 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

In Front of Your Face

In Front of Your Face

Philadelphia, PA
After years living abroad, former actress Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung) is back in Seoul, staying with her sister Jeongok (Cho Yunhee) in her high-rise apartment. The siblings sleep late, have breakfast in a cafe and visit a restaurant owned by Jeongok's son. But as the details of Sangok's day accrue (a sp…
Wednesday, June 8 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts

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