Past events



Beautiful People, Beautiful Movies: Block Party Film Festival

 Jul 21, 2018, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Harper Theater

5238 S Harper Ave, Chicago

Bask in the gorgeousness of screen idols Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones, and their superfly successors Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams in Mahogany. See the lush, Beyoncé -inspiring cinematography of Djibril Diop Mambety’s Senegalese classic Touki Bouki and Julie Dash’s dazzling Daughters of the Dust. And don’t miss the Chicago premiere of Rock Rubber 45S, a star-studded portrait of the life and free-lance virtuoso of dj, author and hip-hop culture orchestrator Bobbito Garcia, who will be in attendance.



Black Panther x Harper Court

 Jun 28, 2018, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
 Harper Court

5235 S. Harper Ct, Chicago

The Cinema 53 Summer Series kicks off with a free outdoor movie screening of Black Panther in Harper Court.



Swagger: Screening + conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart and Global Girls

 May 31, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 Harper Theatre

5238 S Harper
Chicago, IL

Part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, Swagger (Olivier Babinet, 2015, 84 min) focuses on a dozen teenagers getting by in the streets, projects and schools of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris that made the headlines during the riots of 2005. Screening followed by a conversation with Jennifer WildJacqueline Stewart, and Global Girls.