Tuesday, May 19th, 6:30pm
Celebrating Malcolm and Yuri
(In honor of the 94th anniversary of Yuri Kochiyama's birth and Malcolm X's
Seven Songs for Malcolm X
John Afomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective, 1995, 52 min
An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader, Seven
Songs for Malcolm X collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic
reenactments to tell the life, legacy, loves, and losses of Malcolm X.
Featuring interviews with Malcolm's widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and many
other, Seven Songs looks for the meaning behind the resurgence of interest
in the man whose X always stood for the unknown.
Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice
Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri, 1994, 57 min
Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American woman who has lived in Harlem for more
than 40 years with a long history of activism on a wide range of issues.
Through extensive interviews with family and friends, archival footage,
music and photographs, Yuri Kochiyama chronicles this remarkable woman’s
contribution to social change through some of the most significant events of
the 20th century, including the Black Liberation movement, the struggle for
Puerto Rican independence, and the Japanese American Redress movement. In an
era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offers an
outstanding example of an equitable and compassionate multiculturalist
8:30pm - In Malcolm and Yuri’s Name
Cross-Coalition organizing in the 21st Century discussion with Akemi Kochiyama (granddaughter of Yuri), Kevin Louissaint (Liberation Program member/Brotherhood Sister Sol), Gabriel Kilpatrick (Secretary of the Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Center/CCNY), Zulu Nation member Queen Benyu Maa’t, Priya Srikumar (CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities), representative of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
Sponsored by Maysles Documentary Center, Zulu Nation, Brotherhood Sister Sol, CAAAV:Organizing Asian Communities, the Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Center/CCNY, Women Make Movies, Black Audio Collective and Icarus Films.