Woodberry crafts a passionately pensive realism-nearly every scene of action is matched by a long one in which one character or another, in observant repose, looks back and sees their self reflected in society's mirror.

— Richard Brody, New Yorker

Bless Their Little Hearts

Film • Feb 12

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This program is part of our Black Stories: Two Cities series.

Bless Their Little Hearts

Director: Billy Woodberry

A stunning neo-realist film that applies techniques from global revolutionary cinemas to tell the story of a South Los Angeles family contending with the challenges of unemployment and economic hardship. A patient navigation of everyday life and domesticity that is as tender and candid as it is heartbreaking.

1984. USA. 80 min. NR

preceded by 

When it Rains

Director: Charles Burnett

On New Year’s Day a man (Pan African Film Festival founder Ayuko Babu) tries to help a woman make rent. A lighthearted story of community collaboration and a gorgeous document of Leimert Park, one of the creative hearts of Black Los Angeles.  

1995. USA. 13 min. NR

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

1984. USA. 80 min. NR