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Through A Lens Darkly Premieres at Film Forum

Discounted Tickets for NYWIFT Members

A Film by Thomas Allen Harris

NYWIFT Member Ann Bennett is a producer on the film.

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival


Winner, Africa Movie Academy Awards


A deep, rich dive into the history of African-American photography.   - Time Magazine


The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present. Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.


From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.  The film opens a window into the lives, experiences and perspectives of Black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. 


Inspired by Deborah Willis' book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery -- and a call to action.


Click here for to view the trailer and for more Info

Click here for more information on the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow which is an interactive project that ties-in with the film.

NYWIFT is sponsoring the Through A Lens Darkly screening and Q&A that presents a "Salute to Women Photographers" at the 2:50pm screening on Saturday, August 30th! We will be joined by incredible artist and producer Deborah Willis, featured photographers from the film and moderator Michaela Angela Davis.


NYWIFT members can receive a special discounted admission of $7.50 to this screening by presenting a printout of their NYWIFT membership card at the Film Forum Box Office. Note: Only cash payments will be accepted at Film Forum.



DATE: Saturday, August 30th, 2014
VENUE: Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street
TIME: 2:50pm


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts