Film - Documentary | January 22 | 3:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. A collection of photographs Varda took on her visit to Cuba in the winter of 196263 forms the basis of the innovative Salut les cubains, narrated by Varda and actor Michel Piccoli, which captures the revolutionary spirit and reveals individuals alive with hope for the future. A snapshot of Bay Area hippiedom in full flower, Uncle Yanco is a portrait of Vardas uncle, Sausalito artist Jean Varda (to whom the filmmaker was introduced by former Pacific Film Archive curator and film producer Tom Luddy). The films images are as vibrant as Yancos paintings and the man himself. An important document of a different facet of Bay Area culture, Black Panthers depicts rallies in Oakland demanding Huey Newtons release from prison, and features activists including Stokely Carmichael, Kathleen Cleaver, and Newton.
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