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The Eyes of the Rainbow

The Eyes of the Rainbow

The Eyes of the Rainbow

1997 / 47min / Digital

DIRECTOR: GLORIA ROLANDO

CAST: ASSATA SHAKHUR

Screening introduced by Melissa Lyde

"Eyes of the Rainbow deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years. In it we visit with Assata in Havana and she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. This film is also about Assata's AfroCuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow."—Gloria Rolando. Alongside the film will be a presentation of clips, collected to shape the existing perception that grants authority to the on-going criminalization of Assata Shakur. Through news footage, we'll see officials on the night of Assata Shakur's escape try to understand how she executed her freedom.

Alfreda’s Cinema screens films that tell Black/POC stories that resonate with depth and love, the richness and culture of our history, our dynamics, our shapes, our colors, and our truth. Programmed by Melissa Lyde, Alfreda's Cinema was previously hosted at Brooklyn’s Videology, and will continue as a bi-monthly series at Metrograph with programs, talks and special appearances that aspire to bridge communities.

Program notes by Melissa Lyde.