|Friday May 05, 2017 7:50 PM - Friday May 05, 2017 9:40 PM | $11.00 - $13.00
Changing The World with Ashley Bryan's World-12th Annual Harlem International Film Festival
Talkback with the filmmakers will follow the screening!
CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE WALL AT A TIME
Director: Maryam Ishani
United Kingdom, U S A, South Africa, Iran, India, Ethiopia, Brazil, Australia
The story of the world's largest human rights street art project. The Education Is Not A Crime campaign is a collection of artists and activists who are raising awareness about education apartheid in Iran through street art.
Thousands of young Iranians, members of the Bahai religious minority, are barred from university for their beliefs. Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-Canadian journalist, leads the campaign to fight this with the help of prominent artists from around the world.
The campaign started in New York in September 2015. Since then more than forty artists have painted murals in London, Delhi, Sydney, São Paulo, Cape Town, Nashville and Atlanta.
The campaign moved to Harlem in Summer 2016 to paint nineteen murals by artists from eight countries. The Harlem murals have become a link between the African-American civil rights movement and the Bahai non-violent struggle for equality.
ASHLEY BRYAN'S WORLD
Spend some time with this 93-year-old creative wonder who skips and jumps in his heart like a child. Born in Harlem his family moved to the Bronx when he was 5. As a ten year old boy he studied under Harlem Renaissance icon Romare Bearden for several years. Bryan went on to serve in a WWII all-Black battalion and experienced the racism of this separatist Army and the horrible carnage of D-Day. As a result he dedicated his life to creating beauty and joy, spreading love and awe through his art.
He is a poet & illustrator of over 50 children's books who also makes magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage.
Ashley lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. The film explores his world from the time his father was given the mop and the broom, (a reference to the Gordon Parks photograph.
He quotes Marian Anderson admonishing "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." He spreads beauty through his linocut prints exhorting Let My People Go. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.
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