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Essay Film Festival: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich: Work in Progress

Venue: Online

During this event, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich will present material from her ongoing production exploring the life and work of Suzanne Césaire. Continuing her interest in the Black radical history, this work investigates both the presence and absence of Suzanne Césaire in the Négritude movement, and it asks the broader question of the continued disappearance of the role of women from the history of radical socio-political movements. 

Following this presentation, Madeleine will be in conversation with regular collaborator Nzingha Kendall.

This session will take place on Collaborate. here is the link to the session:

The films in this programme can be viewed anytime between 25 March and 3 April available here:


Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich is a filmmaker and artist who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica; Miami, Florida; and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has screened all over the world including at the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and in film festivals such as New Orleans Film Festival, Doclisboa and Blackstar Film Festival. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in film and television production at CUNY Queens College in New York City. [source:]

Nzingha Kendall is a post-doctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. She’s working on a research project that analyses how experimental filmmaking allow for moments and spaces for liberation in a world that constrains black women’s expression and their ability to live. Titled ‘Imperfect Independence: Black Women & Experimental Filmmaking’, this project looks at black women across the diaspora, from the late 20th century to the present, who use experimental techniques and practices. She argues that experimental filmmaking practices offer black women fleeting, yet profound sources of freedom; these moments of freedom constitute instances of imperfect independence. [source:]

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