Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What if a Major American Filmmaker Made an Epic and Nobody Came?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation is a 160-minute epic drama from Charles Burnett; it's the project he was working on a couple of years ago, as the American moviegoing community was rediscovering his masterpiece Killer of Sheep. So you'd think this movie would be a pretty big deal, right? The fact that, even after a year around the festival circuit, it doesn't seem to have found its audience — and certainly hasn't found distribution, or much critical attention — seems to reveal rather unpleasant things about the critical community, production apparatus, moviegoing public, et cetera. Anyway, the movie plays tonight at BAM, and if you're interested, it may be your last shot for a while.

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