Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
The  Kitchen

The Kitchen

Alile Sharon Larkin

1975 / U.S.A. / 7 min

i Friday 24 March 20H40 Cinéma 2
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Shown with :
A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan by Jamaa Fanaka
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
i Sunday 02 April 15H00 Cinéma 2
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A psychiatric ward as the metaphor of the incarceration of Black women. At stake, Black identity as it is made visible or concealed in hair and hairstyles, caught between the interiorisation of the dominant White model and self-negation. Like the heroine of Haile Gerima’s Bush Mama, Larkin’s heroine hides her hair under a smooth wig, and reproduces the violence of alienation vis-à-vis the young girl who perpetuates her story.

Alile Sharon Larkin is an author, screenwriter, teacher and video artist. Among her films is Your Children Come Back to You (1979).