Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and the comedic musings of Richard Pryor

Provoked by the presentation of Kevin Jerome Everson’s work as part of DIM Cinema, October’s meeting will feature a listening exercise in the comedy of Richard Pryor and a selection from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

Everson’s prolific body of film work engages with and responds to the history and culture of working class Black Americans and people of African decent. His short gestural films confuse simplistic expectations of ethnographic documentary, poetic narrative, or theatrical drama. He stitches archival footage, scripted sequences, verite documents, and abstract aural and visual minutiae into textured portraits of people, places, economics, politics, and ephemera. When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. The comedy of Pryor and an excerpt from the play will be used to question authority, authenticity and the representation and preservation of African American history, calling attention to formal qualities of characterization and informing Everson’s focus on breaking down characterization to pure form.

reading an excerpt from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and listening to the comedic musings of Richard Pryor
Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
26 October 2009, 18:00

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