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Celebrate a Jazzy Pre-Independence Day with Yoko Suzuki

City of Asylum (2018)

Yoko Suzuki Trio

Wednesday, July 3rd
7:00 pm

What better way to kick off the July 4th holiday than with crowd favorite Yoko Suzuki Trio?

Yoko Suzuki Trio

A musician known both locally and nationally, and an ethnomusicologist, Yoko’s playing is deeply informed by jazz across the globe, especially Japan where she trained. Yoko’s concerts are not only a musical treat but also deeply informed by her rich historical knowledge.

Featured Musicians

Yoko Suzuki: Alto saxophone
Cliff Barnes: Organ/piano
James Johnson III: Drums

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Stirring Film Features One inspirational Senegalese Girl

City of Asylum (2018)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

Saturday, June 29th
3:00 pm

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil) is a luminous portrait of Sili—a twelve year old paraplegic girl in Dakar.

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

“A masterpiece of understated humanity” – The New York Times

Against the wishes of street boys, Sili is determined to be a street vendor of “Le Soleil,” the national newspaper of Senegal. It is at once a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the street children of Dakar and to the individual’s capability for transforming her situation.

This film will be presented in Wolof with English subtitles. Run time: 49 minutes.

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Documentary Reveals Pittsburgh’s “Quiet Soldier” for Civil Rights

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Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Wendell Grimke Freeland:
A Quiet Soldier in the Fight for Civil Rights

Monday, June 17th
7:00 pm

Tuskegee Airman. Civil Rights attorney. Powerful advocate for the poor and the disenfranchised.

Wendell stands at the top. He was that kind of guy, with a deep-seeded sense of commitment.” — Civil rights advocate and New Pittsburgh Courier columnist Louis “Hop” Kendrick

Wendell Freeland

Wendell Freeland devoted seventy years to fighting injustice wherever he found it, from the age of Jim Crow to that of Barack Obama. Though a Baltimore native, Freeland made the most impact in Pittsburgh. He blazed a trail for racial equality by working largely behind the scenes in America’s courtrooms, boardrooms, and political backrooms. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of Pittsburgh’s Urban League and as Senior Vice President of the National Urban League Board of Trustees.

This is his inspirational story and a significant piece of American history.

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Poet Corrine Jasmin Navigates Trauma with Resilience

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NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Presents

Stories That Heal

Thursday, May 30th
7:00 pm

Stories That Heal — presented by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania — returns with their monthly reading series highlighting local authors who live with and/or have a loved one who lives with mental health conditions. Their stories promote empathy, foster resilience and uncover the truths about living with a mental health diagnosis.

Corrine Jasmin

This May features Corrine Jasmin, local writer, artist, and filmmaker. Corrine uses her work as a tool for healing, loving and making sense of a chaotic world. Her work frequently features her “Trifecta” narrative: being black, being a woman and being queer. She will read from Tread, her poetry collection that touches on mental health, childhood trauma, falling in love, heartbreak and self-loathing.

Corrine presented a moving multimedia performance at Alphabet City in April 2017, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back as we celebrate Pittsburgh literature and fight stigma!

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One of “The 14 Best Queer International Films of 2018”–Indiewire

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ReelQ Presents

A Moment in the Reeds

Wednesday, May 29th
7:00 pm

Set on the quiet and secluded shores of a Finish lakeside, A Moment in the Reeds tells an intense emotional story of a young Finnish man who embarks on a whirlwind love affair with the Syrian refugee his father has hired to help renovate their summer home.

A Moment in the Reeds

“This gay love story defies borders … [the] chemistry in the film is palpable.” – The Advocate

A response to an absence of queer narratives in Finnish cinema, this film is among the first queer feature films made in the country. Viewing Finland from the perspectives both of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities center-stage.

Weaving themes of national identity, queerness, and outsiderness into an engaging and steamy drama, this is a story about the search for a place to call home.

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A Documentary About a Woman Who Became a Word

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

Tchindas

Wednesday, April 24th
7:00 pm

As Randy Gilson is to Northside’s Randyland … Tchinda Andrade is to Carnival on Cape Verde. She is legendary for her creativity, making displays and costumes from scant resources.

And just as “Randy” (no last name needed) is one of the most loved and well-known people on the Northside, “Tchinda” became one of most beloved and celebrated women in Cape Verde.

Tchindas

And – here is where the story gets especially interesting – when Tchinda came out as transgender in 1998, she became even more popular. Her name inspired a term (affectionate not derogatory) used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans. They are called “Tchindas.”

The documentary won the Grand Jury Award at Outfest, was nominated for an Africa Movie Academy Award and screened at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year. It’s also made a star of its protagonist.

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Award-winning Sundance Documentary on the Trans Experience

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ReelQ Presents

America in Transition

Sunday, March 31st
2:00 pm

In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, ReelQ presents a screening of “Where is my Refuge,” episode 4 of the award-winning Sundance documentary series America in Transition. This screening will be followed by a Skype discussion and Q&A lead by the subject of the documentary episode, Nina Chaubal.

America in Transition

America in Transition is an award-winning, Sundance-backed documentary series exploring relationships, family and social issues with trans people of color across the United States. Each episode explores one person’s story in depth, tackling intersectional issues such as HIV criminalization, living as trans in the South, family acceptance, trans exclusion from the military and immigrant detention.

Episode 4: “Where Is My Refuge” follows the story of Nina. After growing up misunderstood in India, Nina fell in love with another trans woman in the Bay. Together, they built a suicide hotline by road-triping across small town America and connecting with thousands of trans people. But her life changed in an instant. When Arizona authorities stopped her for being brown, they then refused to release her insisting that her marriage – and therefore her immigration status – was invalid. In the month since her detention, Nina’s been caught in legal limbo, afraid she’ll be forced to leave the country where she’s saved so many lives.

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Five Fingers for Marseilles Brings the Spaghetti Western to South Africa

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Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Monday, March 18th
7:00 pm

Twenty years ago, the young Five Fingers posse fought for the rural town of Marseilles against the brutal oppression of Apartheid South Africa.

Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a violent fight that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers forever changed.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

“Here, saloon doors are blazoned with crosses, villains wear white shawls instead of black hats and freedom fighters shoot peashooters rather than pistols. In stylish and entertaining fashion, “Five Fingers for Marseilles” looks over the South African countryside and finds fresh vistas for the western genre.” – New York Times

Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, and returns seeking peace. Finding the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Will the Five Fingers brotherhood stand again?

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“A Tonic of a Book” for This American Age

City of Asylum (2018)

James & Deborah Fallows:
Our Towns

Monday, February 25th
7:00 pm

For the last five years, journalists James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems — from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge — but also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics.

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America — a national bestseller — is a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town, out of view of the national media. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better.

Our Towns

“James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made … They have an excellent sense of where world-shaping events are taking place at any moment—and a fervent commitment to be there to see it happen … In these cities, the Fallows argue, citizen participants are coping with declining industries, creating new civic cultures, assimilating waves of immigration, and collaborating across party-lines to revive everything from arts programs to tech seedbeds.” — David Brooks, New York Times

City of Asylum was honored to be featured in this collection, and is double honored to host its paperback release with these two accomplished writers.

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Afro Yaqui’s Eco-conscious Jazz Returns

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Afro Yaqui Music Collective

Thursday, February 7th
7:00 pm

Recently returned from the Kennedy Center, The Afro Yaqui Music Collective (named after the indigenous music of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico) fuses the music of first nations in the Americas with funk, jazz, and hip hop to create a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul.

AYMC is a 9-piece outfit which descends from the ensembles of Guggenheim award-winner Fred Ho, whose work was influenced by West African, global Indigenous and East Asian musics.

Afro-Yaqui Collective

Co-led by 2014 ACE Award-winning Yaqui-Mexican operatic vocalist Gizelxanath Rodreiguez and Fred Ho’s Baritone protege Ben Barson, the band uses their soul-stirring, heart-pumping sounds to respond to global issues from mass incarceration to ecocide.

Afro Yaqui’s concerts are always a hit with the Alphabet City crowd…so be sure to RSVP before this fan-favorite sells out!

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