Film Screening: Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Join us for a free screening of Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (2023).

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition, this beguiling documentary portrait follows poet and activist Nikki Giovanni as she approaches 80. The film explores Giovanni’s Afrofuturist-feminist philosophical outlook as well as her poignant relationship with her family, her political audacity, and her poetic eloquence, all knit together with a constant eye and ear for its subject’s own aesthetic verve. Looking back at a personal life and history cast in the long shadow of American racism, and forward to hopeful, possible futures, Giovanni acts as our guide and narrator, with refreshingly unorthodox filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson refraining from traditional chronologies or talking-head conventions. Going to Mars is fueled by constant intellectual engagement and radical imagination in the search for emotional and political fulfillment in a world of disenfranchisement. An HBO Documentary Films release.

This free film screening is in partnership with the 61st New York Film Festival. Free registration is required; walk-ins will be accommodated if capacity allows.

Register for free HERE.

Image: Still from Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. Courtesy of Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson.

Thursday, October 5, 2023    7pm
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