Screening | Blood of Jesus

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Reviving and Reviewing the “Race Film”

Co-presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia.

This series revisits so-called “race films”: works of independent African American cinema produced from the 1910s to the 1940s. The afterlives of these  flms are manifest in their recurring religious themes, the vexed politics of their preservation and restoration, and their creative in influence on later  filmmakers.


Blood of Jesus (Spencer Williams, 1941, 68 min)
This “masterpiece of folk cinema that has scarcely lost its power to astonish” centers on a woman who journeys between heaven and hell after her husband accidentally shoots her.

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Wed Jan 31 2018 @ 7:00pm, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street.
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested: wolfhumanities.upenn.edu

Cinema Studies Program
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