20 years after the film was created, Liberated Lens Film Collective is honored to screen “Drylongso,” as a part of the BLACK 400 years series commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans brought to present day America.
Drylongso which comes from an old African word that means “Ordinary” is a coming of age drama which is “part love story” and “part murder mystery”. Pica is a young art student growing up in a dysfunctional household in Oakland. In order to deal with the dysfunction, she starts photographing young African American men believing they are an “endangered species” and might one day be extinct and wants to capture them as proof of their existence. At the same time, a serial killer is claiming victims in the neighborhood with some of them being the young African American men she has photographed. Pica eventually befriends another African American women who is disguising herself as a man to escape an abusive boyfriend.
Film by Cauleen Smith, 1998
Come early for the free dinner (first come, first serve) and stay for an exhibit and discussion with two East Bay photographers: