Cinema @the MFA: Through A Lens Darkly
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris,
Length: 92 minutes, unrated.
Sponsored by the Friends of Photography.
This is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. It probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten, or lost.
Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, among others, this film introduces viewers to a community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery—and a call to action.