BAM is proud to screen Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, one of the most anticipated movies of 2018. But the path for Ryan Coogler’s film was laid by an undersung cadre of black screen heroes and heroines who challenged establishment power structures by way of their very existence.

This month, we celebrate this alternate history of black superheroes in anticipation of the release of Black Panther (opens Feb 16) with a series that spotlights a thrilling range of comic-book avengers, Afrofuturistic pioneers, and blaxploitation icons. Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film compiles 28 films that are as socially and politically subversive as they are downright fun. And join us for the free Black Comix Expo, a full day of workshops and showcases for a range of ages and interests!


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Before Black Panther there was…an entire alternative cinematic history of black screen heroes who challenged establishment power structures through their sheer existence. From blaxploitation icons to supernatural avengers to anti-colonial outlaws, this series spotlights industry-defying images of black heroism and empowerment in films that are as socially and politically subversive as they are downright fun.

Date: Film Info
Feb 2 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Feb 2 Abar: The First Black Superman
Feb 3 Foxy Brown
Feb 3 Cleopatra Jones
Feb 4 Shaft
Feb 4 Buck and the Preacher
Feb 5 Space is the Place
Feb 5 The Spook Who Sat By the Door
Feb 6 Black Dynamite
Feb 6 Spawn
Feb 7 Night of the Living Dead
Feb 7 Candyman
Feb 9 Blade + Blade II
Feb 11 Kirikou and the Sorceress
Feb 11 Men in Black
Feb 11 The Future of the Black Screen Superhero + discussion
Feb 11 The Meteor Man
Feb 12 The Harder They Come
Feb 12 Besouro
Feb 13 Caribbean Film Series: Brown Girl Begins + S0.CI3.TY
Feb 13 Queen of the Damned
Feb 16 Brother From Another Planet
Feb 16 Sleight
Feb 17 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Feb 17 Catwoman
Feb 17 Yeelen
Feb 18 Strange Days
Feb 18 Attack the Block

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