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The National Gallery shares unique films in person and free of charge. Join us for recent restorations, classic art cinema, exceptional documentaries, and a variety of films by artists. Registration is required.
Lakota Nation vs. United States
Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli skillfully tell the story of the Lakota’s Land Back movement to reclaim its lands through archival footage, stunning cinematography, and original interviews with activists and organizers, including Nick Tilsen, Krystal Two Bulls, and environmentalist Phyllis Young.
October 8 – 15
His Little Loves: Jean Eustache Stories
Connected to the French New Wave filmmakers of the 1950s and 60s, Jean Eustache (1938 – 1981) was bold and direct. Exploring gender relations, romantic love, and emotional violence, Eustache asks us to attend closely to what we think we perceive.
Join us for a post screening discussion with filmmaker David Petersen and Steven Melendez, artistic director of the New York Theatre Ballet.
Sanrizuka – Heta Village
In the summer of 1968, Ogawa Productions entrenched itself in the middle of the site of violent conflict as local farmers, activists, and students resisted the construction of the Narita International Airport. Amidst increasing police violence and tragedy, this meditative piece focuses on life in the Heta village itself, documenting its customs and people through 11 quiet scenes that convey deep empathy for the residents and their experiences.
Magino Village – A Tale/ The Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches
During his ten years living in the village of Magino, director Shinsuke Ogawa learned and filmed skills like rice-growing from his neighbors, resulting in this documentation of traditional Japanese farming and customs.
November 11 – 26
Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Visions
Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Visions spotlights a new generation of innovative Indigenous filmmakers working with the moving image.
December 2 – 30
Celestial Voices on Film
As the year comes to an end, join us for four feature films that celebrate and honor the power and presence of sound and song in our lives.
Sky Hopinka: Wandering Translations, Poems, and Film
The 2023 Annual Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture
Join us for a conversation with Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), a New York based artist and poet, who teaches at Bard College. His film, video, photography, and text work center personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape.
December 9 – 10
Skip Norman: Here and Now
Featuring premieres of new restorations and newly produced subtitles, Skip Norman: Here and Now explores Norman’s multifaceted, international career, bringing his practice as a filmmaker into dialogue with his work as a cinematographer and bridging his time on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Film Poems of Maryam Tafakory
Join us for a post-screening discussion with media artist Maryam Tafakory, in person. Included in this program are Nazarbazi (2022, 20 minutes) and Mast-del (2023, 17 minutes), two recent videos that examine depictions of intimacy within Iranian cinema, that since the 1979 revolution has rarely shown love interests or romantic characters physically touching.
About Film Programs
The National Gallery of Art’s year-round film program presents classic and contemporary cinema from around the world in a traditional theatrical setting. Through screenings, filmmaker discussions, and introductions by critics and scholars, the program encourages viewers to learn more about the history of the cinema, its relationship to other art forms, and the role of media in society. Enjoy innovative retrospectives, restored works of historical value, silent films with live musical accompaniment, new documentaries, and experimental media by noted artists on weekends, throughout the year.
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