Sunday, December 15, 1996

The Radical Cinema of Zora Neale Hurston

San Francisco Art Institute

Film scholar and producer Fatimah Tobing Rony will lecture on little-known documentary footage shot by Zora Neale Hurston (author of Their Eyes Were Watching God) in the 1920’s and 40’s in the context of ethnographic tradition and postmodern film aesthetics. Ms. Hurston was ahead of her time and pushed the boundaries enforced within each field she worked. Fatimah will compare Hurston’s footage to that of other anthropologists, turn-of-the-century ethnographic precedents and films by contemporary African American women directors. Fatimah Tobing Rony teaches art and film history in the UCLA Asian American Studies Department. She is the author of The Third Eye: Race, Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle and has lectured at the Whitney Museum of American Art.