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Losing Ground

+ reading of Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

With shades of Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales, Losing Ground tells of a middle-class woman’s quest for self-discovery.

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USA 1982
Dir Kathleen Collins
With Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones

The equilibrium between sedate professor Sara and her impulsive husband Victor hangs in the balance when Sara embarks on quest of self-discovery. With streaks of cool wit similar to those of Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales, Collins’ groundbreaking work is a stimulating domestic drama that depicts the rarely-seen black middle class. Masterstrokes in visual storytelling hint at an illustrious career sadly cut short by Collins’ untimely death.

+ An Ecstatic Experience
USA 2015. Dir Ja’ Tovia Gary. With Ruby Dee
Inspired by the quest of Kathleen Collins’ heroine Sara, artist-filmmaker Gary meditates on the moment that sparks transcendence and restoration within the black female psyche.

Reading of Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? given with the kind permission of Granta publishing.

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