Suzanne, Suzanne + Finding Christa
qMaysles Cinema celebrates Third World Newsreel’s restoration of films by Camille Billops & James Hatch with a presentation of the first two installments from their “Family Trilogy”.
Camille Billops & James Hatch, 1982, 25 min.
New 4k Restoration
Suzanne, Suzanne presents a devastating portrait of the artist’s niece, haunted by the abuse she suffered as a child and the passivity of the family members who allowed it to continue.
“Remains one of the most powerful documentaries of domestic life.”
– bell hooks, Reel to Real
Camille Billops & James Hatch, 1991, 59 min.
New 2k Restoration
This startlingly personal documentary explores the feelings surrounding the reunion between filmmaker Camille Billops and her own daughter, Christa, twenty years after being given up for adoption. Facing the re-encounter with mixed emotions, Billops interrogates her family and friends as well as her own motivations. The result is an original and daring work that challenges social biases about adoption and offers new insight into mother-daughter relationships.
Dr. Ayanna Dozier will introduce the program by reading from a manuscript she’s working on about Camille Billops’s work.
The screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Thomas Allen Harris and Nzingha Kendall, moderated by Dr. Ayanna Dozier!