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Night Catches Us


Images courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
Night Catches Us
Tanya Hamilton, 2010
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 7 PM
"Mesmerizing! Tanya Hamilton's first feature is something to cherish. Remember her name. She's a genuine find."—Rolling Stone

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Panther movement. Although his reappearance is greeted with suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from an old friend (Kerry Washington, Ray) and her daughter. Old secrets slowly emerge as the members of this community come to terms with their revolutionary past and try to figure out a path forward.

Writer-director Tanya Hamilton worked for ten years to bring this story to the screen. The result is one of the most distinct, vivid, and complex portraits of black communities seen on film in many years. Featuring a propulsive score by the legendary Philly group The Roots. (88 mins., 35mm)

Night Catches Us