Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan
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A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan

Jamaa Fanaka

1972 / U.S.A. / 16 min

i Friday 24 March 20H40 Cinéma 2
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Without dialogue

Shown with :
Daydream Therapy by Bernard Nicolas
Four Women by Julie Dash
Hidden Memories by Jacqueline Frazier
The Horse by Charles Burnett
Hour Glass by Hailé Gerima
The Kitchen by Alile Sharon Larkin
Medea by Ben Caldwell
Picket in Response to the Arrest of Angela Davis by KTLA News
Rain (Nyesha) by Melvonna Ballenger
Student Rally in Support of Angela Davis Held at UCLA by KTLA News
Ujamii Uhuru Schule by Don Amis
i Sunday 02 April 15H00 Cinéma 2
X close

Without dialogue

Shown with :
Daydream Therapy by Bernard Nicolas
Four Women by Julie Dash
Hidden Memories by Jacqueline Frazier
The Horse by Charles Burnett
Hour Glass by Hailé Gerima
Medea by Ben Caldwell
Picket in Response to the Arrest of Angela Davis by KTLA News
Rain (Nyesha) by Melvonna Ballenger
Student Rally in Support of Angela Davis Held at UCLA by KTLA News
Ujamii Uhuru Schule by Don Amis

A critical version of Faust’s blood pact, playing on Blaxploitation codes: drugs are “death on the installment plan”.

Jamaa Fanaka, who died in 2012, made three other films during his studies at UCLA, in line with his vision of Blaxploitation: Welcome Home, Brother Charles (1975), Emma Mae (1976) and Penitentiary (1979). The latter was a huge box-office success and led to two sequels in 1982 and 1987. In 1994, Fanaka founded the Directors Guild of America’s African-American Steering Committee, to fight the Hollywood film industry’s discrimination against ethnic minorities and women.