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Selections from the Pearl Bowser Collection, NMAAHC

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Streamed from October 28 through November 3

Filmmaker, archivist, writer, and collector Pearl Bowser donated her collection of motion picture films to the Smithsonian Institution in 2012, where they are now cared for by the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thanks to the collaboration of curators and archivists at NMAAHC, the Gallery highlights three short films from this collection of over forty titles. Each reflects the diversified roles of Black women as filmmakers—producers, editors, directors, designers, sound artists, and writers—as well as the varied content and themes in these remarkable, historic shorts. Special thanks go to Dr. Rhea L. Combs, curator of photography and film, and Ina Archer and Blake McDowell, media conservators from NMAAHC.

For more about and access to the motion picture collections at NMAAHC, including the Pearl Bowser Collection, please visit CAAMA.