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Smile It's Your Close Up: I Remember Harlem

I Remember Harlem

William Miles, 1981, 240 min
Though arguably no other New York City neighborhood has generated as many conflicting representations as Harlem, one singular documentary stands out: I Remember Harlem, directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. Miles’ epic lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a living, breathing neighborhood and as the cultural hub of African-American life.

Richard Adams, Director of Photography, I Remember Harlem
Juanita Howard, Producer, I Remember Harlem
Michael Henry Adams, Harlem historian

The film will be screened in two parts, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, with a 60-minute intermission from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.


I REMEMBER HARLEM courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

I REMEMBER HARLEM has been preserved with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission and Twizzlers Licorice Candy.

  • Attention, Maysles Documentary Center members, MDC is your discount code for advance ticketing.
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  • Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.

This event is co-sponsored by CUNY Graduate Center Film Studies Program, Hunter College Film and Media Studies Department, Manhattan College Department of Visual & Performing Arts, and The Documentary Forum @ City College of New York.

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