And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead / Billy Woodberry / 2015, Centre Pompidou / 89'
And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead, Billy Woodberry (2015)
On the occasion of the last days of Centre Pompidou's Beat Generation exhibition in Paris, Le Cinéma Club screened And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead, Billy Woodberry's documentary on the life and work of Bob Kaufman. A Beat poet known in France as the "American Rimbaud," Bob Kaufman was at war with American culture of the Cold War period, outspoken in his criticism of power, and uncomprising in his struggle for spiritual and political freedom. As a Black Beat poet, he was long overlooked by scholars and academics, and unjustly arrested, interned, and subjected to electroshock therapy.
This 89' documentary premiered as the opening film of the MoMA DocFortnight 2016 and won best investigative documentary at the DocLisboa Festival. Filmmaker Billy Woodberry is a key figure of the LA Rebellion film movement and a professor at CalArts.