A Quality of Light is the first part of Hunt-Ehrlich’s Black Composer Trilogy, each of which draw on her family’s history to shed light on untold stories of black women artists. This film weaves together archival footage and quotes by revolutionary and writer Aimé Césaire with scenes that foreground the effects of aging on the director’s grandmother, who was a prolific composer.
Black Composer Trilogy Part I : A Quality of Light screens as part of We Out Here: Shorts on Sunday, February 9 at 3:30 pm.
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich makes work about the private lives and worlds of black women. Her practice is rooted in archival research and field research, which then gets translated through a writing process, and then finally a filmmaking process that includes narrative, documentary and experimental film technique. This means working closely with archives that until recently did not preserve or respect black voices, and thinking about how to represent histories that have been neglected.
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