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Films and Documentaries

All documentaries showing at 7pm in Rymer Auditorium on selected Thursdays.

Upcoming events

Thu
20
Jan

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

In 1997, over one million people gathered in Lagos for the funeral of Fela Kuti, Africa’s biggest artist, who gave the world Afrobeat, yet was also a thorn in the side of Nigeria’s military regimes - a revolutionary who fought injustice with his music and a libertine who married 27 wives in one ceremony.

Thu
17
Feb

Stonewall Uprising

The role of the June, 1969 Stonewall Riots - so named for the Greenwich Village gay hotel and bar, the Stonewall Inn, in front of which the riots occurred - in gay liberation and the foundation of gay rights in the United States is presented.

Thu
17
Mar

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes

Docudrama that explores the life and creative output of Coventry born-Delia Derbyshire – electronic musician, sound pioneer and female outsider in postwar Britain.

Thu
28
Apr

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time companion Tom Lee, and others provide commentary.

Thu
19
May

Forbidden Planet

The only non-documentary film this year: In this sci-fi classic, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier.

Past events

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Thursday 25 November 2021

When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage albums which would change his life.

Sisters with Transistors

Thursday 11 November 2021

SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the remarkable untold story of electronic music's female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly revolutionize how we produce and listen to music today.

Summer of Soul

Thursday 14 October 2021

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion