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Directed by Spike Lee

United States 1986 84 mins.

Four years before his Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee burst onto the filmmaking scene with his frenetic and provocative debut She’s Gotta Have It. Demonstrating exactly what 80s indie cinema could be, Lee and his cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson employed a visual flair equally inspired by Woody Allen and the French New Wave, focusing on the tale of Nola Darling, a young woman who wants to have it all and refuses to choose between her three lovers because she views monogamy as “a form of slavery.” “She’s Gotta Have It revitalized the idea of a black filmmaking that didn’t emphasize a despairing blackness as the dominant trope. Lee’s characters are black, yes, and so much more…”—Stuart Henderson, Popmatters.

Preceded by:

Coined, OR, 2010
dir. Elijah Hasan (7 mins., Short film, Digital)
The coins and currency of consumerism lead a young man to question the choices in his life. Shot on 35mm still images and re-sequenced.

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