Third World Newsreel and Family Pictures USA with the Documentary Forum at CCNY presented a talk among director Shari Frilot, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, and author Jafari Allen about the groundbreaking conference and film Black Nations / Queer Nations? (1995). The film was streamed for a week, and the talk started with a tribute to the late great Lewis Erskine, who edited Black Nations/Queer Nations?
What People Liked about the Event!
"The generosity of heart, spirit, and intellect displayed."
"It expanded the Vimeo viewing and linked its content with contemporary living..."
"The featured participants, the expanse and depth of conversation, the audience questions"
"BN/QN was a historic moment, so the documentary film of this conference was a crucial moment in Black LGBTQ history and activism."
"Challenging longstanding beliefs."
"Historical reflections from filmmakers and Black Nations participants along with contemporary reflections by them and the anthropologist."
"I always love the "behind the scenes". The warmth of the participants - speaking personally, enthusiastically - and connecting with/enjoying each other, while sharing how and why this conference was so important to them - was great!"
"Liked how the filmmakers and participants in film reminisced and talked about the visuals about the film even though I haven't seen the film yet."
"The topic was amazing. Shari's film is so important, I'm glad we had the chance to honor it in this way."
"Very insightful discussion about how aspects of conference feel relevant for today."
"Primary speaker recollection"
"Discussion was very informative and interesting"
"Dialogue, memories, conversation with guests and host..."
"Access to the film and the great discussion!"