SUN AUG 7, 2022 7:00 PM

ALMA’S RAINBOW

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Q&A with actor Victoria Platt (Rainbow Gold) and editor Lillian Benson. Los Angeles Premiere of new restoration, courtesy of Kino Lorber.  

Program begins with new restoration of the short film “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People.” 

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation with support from the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

Tickets are no longer on sale for this event.

  • RELEASED IN: 1994
  • 85 MINUTES
  • DIRECTED BY: AYOKA CHENZIRA

ABOUT THE SHORT

“Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People,” 1984, Kino Lorber, 10 min, Dir. Ayoka Chenzira

In this satirical short, Chenzira utilizes mixed media and animation to unpack the stereotypes associated with Black hair while critiquing the limits of the European beauty standard. She draws attention to the physical pain Black women endure to straighten their hair, and the emotional pain that comes as a result of the pressure to conform.

ABOUT THE FILM

A coming-of-age comedy-drama about three African American women living in Brooklyn, ALMA’S RAINBOW explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) as she enters womanhood and navigates standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies. Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and lives with her strait-laced mother Alma (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlor of their home and disapproves of her daughter’s newfound interest in boys. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) returns from Paris after a ten-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction for Rainbow’s life. Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

FORMAT: DCP

DISTRIBUTOR: Kino Lorber

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