Chicago’s Black Arts Movement in Film

Public Programs

  • South Side Projections

September–November 2018

Still from "The Cry of Jazz" courtesy of

Chicago's Black Arts Movement in Film is a series of five films exploring the events of Chicago's Black Arts Movement (BAM) of the 1960s and 70s. The films address the visual arts aesthetics of BAM in relationship to other artistic forms—with special emphasis on literature and music, in particular—and the politics of the period. Each event includes a screening of one or more films, remarks by invited guests, and audience discussion. Speakers include individuals involved in the making of the films as well as scholars, artists, and activists.