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NO MAN CAN DEFINE ME: THE FILMS OF WINSTON WASHINGTON MOXAM

FRI, FEB 1 / 7 pm
Curated & introduced by Scott Birdwise

FREE ADMISSION

The Winnipeg Film Group is pleased to present the first retrospective of the films of Winston Washington Moxam (1963-2011). Moxam is, to date, the most significant black filmmaker to emerge from Manitoba. His independent body of work spans almost two decades, from 1992 to 2010, and includes short fiction, documentary, and two features. All of these works address issues of race, racism and social justice, and significantly reflect the experience of living in Winnipeg and Manitoba. 

In order to present the depth and diversity of Moxam’s films, the retrospective is composed of two sets of screenings – the first highlights his shorter works and then we present his first feature length film Barbara James (2001), a compelling fiction film about a single black woman in her early 30s who, in light of an unplanned pregnancy, must come to grips with her life. Barbara James is a strong example of Moxam’s oeuvre in its marriage of a concern with race and social justice, an emphasis on narrative, and a realist style with surreal flourishes.

In addition to the screenings, this event also features the launch of an accompanying interpretive catalogue published by the Winnipeg Film Group. The catalogue contains contextual essays and personal considerations by Scott Birdwise, Daniel Eskin and Mathew Rankin, and includes a filmography and photographs of Moxam at work as well as stills from his films.

Program 1: Short Films

Fri Feb 1 – 7:00 PM

From the Other Side, 1992, Canada, 30 min
The epidemic of homelessness in Toronto’s multi-ethnic homeless community is insightfully documented in this film.

The Barbecue, 1993, Canada, 48 min
A drama about a young black woman’s bizarre encounter with her white boyfriend’s sadly ignorant (and ridiculous) family.

Sand, 1999, Canada, 16 min
Two black Canadian soldiers stranded on a desert island during WWII with only one canteen of fresh water between them. In order to survive they must face and overcome not only the heat and thirst, but also their own doubts and fears.

Program 2: Feature 

Fri Feb 1 – 9:00 PM    

Barbara James | Dir. Winston Washington Moxam | 2001 | Canada | 80 min

Barbara James is a 30 something, single, hip and opinionated pregnant Black woman. Her life takes an eventful twist of fate when, one particularly ordinary day, she wakes up and realizes that her unborn baby has stopped moving. On this particular day, Barbara James decides she must sort out her past, present and future. She must come to grips with 30 years of mistakes, miscalculations and misinterpretations, all bound up in a reality she has never faced before. Dealing with a judgmental mother, an irresponsible father who abandons her, an overly protective best friend, no money, no career, no place of her own and a ghost who haunts her, she must decide whether or not to keep her child. Barbara James represents and explores the transitions all of us must go through in our lives – always wondering where to go next and what to do when we get there. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 154 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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