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Territories and Who Killed Colin Roach


July 11, 2022
Harold Prince Theatre
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Poetic Cinema: Isaac Julien and the Sankofa Film & Video Collective

Territories (1984) by Isaac Julien, 25 min
Isaac Julien's Territories uses experimental forms to look at life in Britain in 1984, focusing on the experience of the Black British. The film recognizes that the different power dynamics that determine this experience are difficult to reduce to straightforward explanations and instead uses the term 'territories' to reflect the multiple agendas and experiences at work. These agendas - or 'territories' - involve race, class and sexuality.

Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983) by Isaac Julien, 34 min
Who Killed Colin Roach? is Isaac Julien's first film, which reflects upon the death of Colin Roach, a 23-year-old who was shot at the entrance of a police station in East London in 1982. Even though the police claimed Roach had committed suicide, evidence showed otherwise. Isaac Julien says that this work is essentially a response to the riots, an answer to certain fixed ways of looking at black cultures, but also at those ways we might feel about ourselves.

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Poetic Cinema: Isaac Julien and the Sankofa Film & Video Collective
Enjoy a programmatic series of three works, developed in concert with artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, from the Sankofa Film and Video Collective. Each in-person film screening will be accompanied by a conversation between a scholar and artist or filmmaker providing context and building on the works presented.

Curated by Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Live Arts at the Annenberg Center and BlackStar Projects.
This series is organized in conjunction with multiple cultural partners across Philadelphia including the Barnes Foundation, BlackStar Projects and The Fabric Workshop and Museum on the occasion of the Barnes Foundation’s centennial and newly commissioned film installation, Once Again (Statues Never Die)on view June 19 – September 4, 2022.

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Film still credit: Courtesy Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983)