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January 29, 2016

Eighth Season of UMass Boston Film Series Starts February 2

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Field Niggas is presented in partnership with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

The UMass Boston Film Series returns on Tuesday, February 2 with another lineup of free, thought-provoking independent films followed by live question and answer sessions with the filmmakers, or in one case, the film's subjects.

The eighth season includes five Boston premieres, a works-in-progress presentation, and partnerships with Independent Film Festival Boston, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and Bright Lights at Emerson College.

The films follow the journeys of brothers held in an apartment (The Wolfpack), asylum seekers (The Invisibles), and performers facing eviction (Tomorrow We Disappear). The February 9 screening of The Wolfpack will be held at Emerson College; all other films will be screened in UMass Boston's Campus Center, in the ballroom on the third floor.

Here is the full lineup, also available at https://filmseries.umb.edu/:

Tuesday, February 2, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
In a speech by Malcolm X, the “field negroes” were the most downtrodden of slaves. In Field Niggas, photographer Khalik Allah gives a voice to today's "field slaves" by focusing his camera on the poorest residents of Harlem.

Tuesday, February 9, 7 p.m., Emerson College
The Angulo brothers, nicknamed "The Wolfpack," spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Wolfpack is their coming-of-age story.

Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
In an invisible territory at the margins of society lives a wounded community who face the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. In The Other Side, Roberto Minervini opens a window to the abyss of today's America.

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
In 2009 the New Delhi government sold Kathputli to developers for a fraction of its worth. Tomorrow We Disappear follows three of Kathputli’s most-talented performers as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction.

Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
The Invisibles accompanies four asylum seekers on their way through the official proceedings: a rare insight into the black box of asylum law. Their hopes of a new start in Germany conflict sharply with the reality of the bureaucratic decision-making process.

Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
Far, far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick, and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, in Above and Below, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world where we discover its inhabitants to be souls not unlike our very own.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4-10 p.m., UMass Boston
Programming includes a to-be-announced Boston premiere, Mass. Works-in-Progress, and a reception.

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