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The Films of Camille Billops and James Hatch: Part 1

Two women smiling at each other in a
October 12, 2023 - 7:30 pm

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Camille Billops and James Hatch were partners in life and work. Together, they created inventive, playful and expansive ways to tell personal and provocative stories about race, gender, class and the human experience and much of their work has been difficult to access. The first part of this two-night program includes Suzanne, Suzanne; A String of Pearls and Finding Christa (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival) — often referred to as The Family Trilogy — where Billops explores the legacy of physical abuse in her family, adoption and motherhood in a practical and unsentimental way, and speaks to four generations of Black men about their experience in the world.

Suzanne, Suzanne

U.S., 1982

DCP, b&w, 30 min. Directors: Camille Billops, James Hatch.

Finding Christa

U.S., 1991

DCP, color, 55 min. Directors: Camille Billops, James Hatch.

A String of Pearls

U.S., 2002

DCP, color, 56 min. Directors: Camille Billops, James Hatch.