Chocolat
FRI & SAT: 7:00PM SUN: 3:00PM
Dir. Claire Denis (1988); France, 105m
Starring: Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet
French with English Subtitles

Araya
FRI & SAT: 9:30PM SUN: 5:30PM
Dir. Margot Benacerraf (1959); Venezuela, 90m
Starring: José Ignacio Cabrujas, Laurent Terzieff
Spanish with English subtitles

FRIDAY, JULY 13th AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, JULY 14th At 7:00PM & 9:30PM
Sunday, JULY 15th AT 3:00PM & 5:30pm

One woman’s visit to postcolonial Cameroon brings back memories of her childhood in French Cameroon, both revealing a world permeated by social structures. Recalling the memories of her own childhood, Claire Denis’ Chocolat depicts simmering racial tension and power structures that humiliate and destroy through mirroring incidences, breaking down the binaries of colonizer and colonized along the way.

Documentarian Margot Benacerraf’s Araya reveals the exploitation of laborers in a natural salt mine on the northeastern Venezuelan peninsula. In her own expressive style, the imagery is as cyclical and mechanical as the economy the laborers are trapped in. Both works evince their heaviness through the friction in the relationship between the director and the subject, the person behind the camera and those in front of it, visual and audible poetry.

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