Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman Present...

Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman Present...

A curated capsule of films, selected by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, the collaborative team behind Afrofuturist marvel NEPTUNE FROST.

“We chose SWEET BEAN, for the delicate ways Naomi’s story waves personal resilience and trauma into a quest for human connection;

THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, for the sensual memory it left in all the people who saw it when it came out, it’s lessons of slowness and observation of little things + its memorable green;

THE IMAGE BOOK, he’s a master of text on moving images. His choice of lettering fonts are always impeccable and his color palettes are some of the most modern, expansive & experimental;

AQUARIUS, loved to follow a story that centers a woman’s desire and Sonia Braga as always ️️️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐;

LADY VENGEANCE, twin to Old Boy in so many ways but this time from Park Chan Wook’s idea of what a woman’s vengeance would look like & there are playful funny moments;

PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA. We're curious as to which films are in this collection. We'd love to discover the works from these pioneers we've never seen!"

––Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman

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Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman Present...
  • Aquarius


    Kleber Mendonça Filho • 2016 • Brazil • Clara refuses to leave her home to make way for a high-rise.

    Clara lives in a low-rise apartment building close to the beach in Recife, a small city in northeast Brazil. Her well-established life is threatened by the arrival of ruthless prop...

  • Lady Vengeance


    Chan Wook Park • South Korea • 2005 • A riveting South Korean thriller with a woman's perspective.

    Geum-ja has been imprisoned for thirteen years for a crime she didn’t commit. While she has gained the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, nothing has distracted her from p...

  • Sweet Bean


    Naomi Kawase • 2015 • Japan • A heart-warming tale of food and friendship in contemporary Japan.

    Sentaro runs a small bakery on the corner of a tree-lined street. Tokue is a seventy-six year old woman skilled in the art of preparing an, a traditional red bean paste in dorayaki. ...

  • The Scent of Green Papaya


    Tran Anh Hung • 1993 • Vietnam

    A society's slow decline tracks with a woman's romantic blossoming.

    In 1950s Saigon, ten-year-old Mui obtains a job working as a servant for an affluent Vietnamese family. Ten years later, the family has fallen on hard times, leading Mui to change ...

  • The Image Book


    Jean-Luc Godard • Switzerland • 2018 • Does art inform reality, or vice versa?

    Fragments of cinema, canonical and obscure, fill the frame. They appear acid-washed, saturated, disintegrating. Films by Roberto Rossellini, Abderrahmane Sissako, Ridley Scott—and Godard himself—featu...

  • Body and Soul

    Oscar Micheaux • United States • 1925

    A stirring drama with Paul Robeson in dual roles.

    Paul Robeson appeared in this film by the enterprising Oscar Micheaux. No other film in the director’s career so vividly represented his cynical view of clergymen as greedy manipulators of the vulnerable. Ro...

  • Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940

    Zora Neale Hurston • United States • 1940

    Hurston observes religious practices of the Gullah people.

    This footage, shot by Zora Neale Hurston in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, South Carolina, observes the religious practices of the Gullah people. The footage is accompanied here by field ...

  • The Blood of Jesus

    Spencer Williams • United States • 1941

    A surreal, poignant parable.

    The first feature by director/actor Spencer Williams, THE BLOOD OF JESUS, is a rural religious parable in which a woman, accidentally shot by her husband (Williams), travels to the crossroads of the hereafter, and faces the te...

  • The Bronze Buckaroo

    Richard C. Kahn • United States • 1939

    The NMAAHC holds multiple film copies of THE BRONZE BUCKAROO

    The NMAAHC holds multiple film copies of THE BRONZE BUCKAROO. The copy employed for the Pioneers project comes from the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History a...

  • The Scar of Shame

    Frank Peregini • United States • 1929

    A woman is rescued from her abusive father by a composer.

    When a young woman escapes from her abusive father, she is rescued by an aspiring composer, but encounters opposition from his class-conscious mother. This edition of THE SCAR OF SHAME includes four...

  • Two Knights of Vaudeville

    United States • 1915

    The Ebony Film Corporation may have been a white-owned company, but African-American producer Luther Pollard used it as a means of getting black faces on the silver screen. Luther often worked in collaboration with his brother Fritz, a star athlete who later became the first...