Hollywood Black Film Festival opening night @ Montalban Theater, Hollywood – 7PM, All Ages
The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual celebration of black cinema drawing together established and rising filmmakers, popular film and television stars, writers, industry executives, emerging artists and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world.
“Under the Same Sun”—Futuristic Palestinian Israeli Drama @ Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046 – 7PM, $6-$25, All Ages
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents a directors’ screening of Under the Same Sun, a new feature from Sameh Zoabi that imagines what might happen if a Palestinian businessman (Ali Suliman) were to join forces with an Israeli entrepreneur (Yossi Marshak) to build a new solar energy firm serving the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank. This film is a production of Search for Common Ground, which seeks to transform the way the world deals with conflict—way from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. Following the screening, director Sameh Zoabi appears live in conversation at the Harmony Gold Theatre. Part of A Celebration of Palestinian Culture Sep. 30-Oct. 6.
Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), in what The Washington Post calls an “artfully shot documentary,” La Source tells the uplifting story of Josue Lajeunesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who returns to his country after the devastating 2010 earthquake to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival; clean water.
Sun Alley (Sonnenallee) @ Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100,
Los Angeles, CA 90036 – 7PM, $1, All Ages
Director Leander Haussmann’s feature debut focuses on the humorous adolescent struggles of a group of East Berlin teenagers in the late 70s to 80s. 17 year-old Michael (Alexander Scheer) or “Micha” dreams of two things: becoming a pop star, and winning the heart of Miriam, the prettiest and most coveted girl in school. Micha and his friends Mario (the existentialist) and Wuschel (who desperately needs an impossible to find LP) do their best to find their way in a society that wants nothing more than to control them. The quirky and rather inept neighborhood police officer (Detlev Buck) is only one of the obstacles standing in their way.
Wednesday Forró Classes @ Tropico de Nopal, Filipinotown – 7pm, $10, All Ages
Forró is a traditional music and partner dance from the northeast of Brazil which has different rhythms such as xaxado, baião, and xote going from very fast to slow beat allowing all tastes to pick their favorite. Andrea Lopasso e Fabio Santana (Forró in LA) have been performing and teaching Forró since they moved to Los Angeles last year. They have been dancing and teaching forró for the last 13 years in Brazil and are part of the Forró Movement taking shape now also outside of Brazil and catching a huge momentum in Europe and other parts of the world. They are very enthusiast to also include Los Angeles in this fun and contagious movement of the Brazilian culture. Dancing forró is a lot of fun and a wonderful way to keep Summer alive. Classes are starting this Wednesday 07/31 and will happen every Wed for the rest of the summer. All levels are welcome!!! $10/class
Oysters & Jazz: Raquel Rodriguez & The Big Guys @ Perch LA, Downtown – 7pm-10pm, Free, 21+
Every Wednesday, come listen to soul diva Raquel Rodriquez and her band, The Big Guys, play unplugged at the Perch rooftop lounge in downtown. LA native Raquel Rodriquez is a fast rising star and has not wasted any time since graduating from the prestigious Hamilton High School Academy of Music and USC Thornton School of Music. Raquel and her 7-piece band have been performing all over LA and her first album was just released this past June. So come grab a drink and enjoy her sultry sounds in this intimate space overlooking the gorgeous downtown nightscape while you still can.
Pachamama @ UCLA – 7:30pm, Free, All Ages
The film captures director Eryk Rocha as he embarks on a visually stunning 14,000km journey through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, meeting native indigenous tribes along the way, and interviewing them and other communities on their relationship to their country, government and mother-land. Rocha encounters the reality of people historically cut-off from the political process of their own country, and for the first time are seeking to participate in the outcome of their own fate.
Radar LA Festival 2013: Trieu Tran: Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam @ Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 – 8pm, $15+, All Ages
This is the last week of Radar LA Festival, featuring some of the world’s most influential performing ensembles alongside innovative Los Angeles artists in a vibrant theatrical festival. Trieu Tran and his family barely escaped Vietnam when he was six years old, but his perilous adventure was only beginning. An attack by pirates, a cold reception for refugees in Saskatchewan, a turbulent home life with an abusive father, poverty, Boston gang life and sexual assault. Written by Tran in collaboration with the work’s director, Robert Egan, Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam is a fight for survival against insurmountable odds, a story of redemption through education and art and ultimately an overwhelming act of bravery.