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BAM Cinema Fest Returns In-Person for the First Time in 3 Years

The film festival, which was done virtually last year and cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, has been held for more than a decade.
BAM Cinema Fest 2022 logo.
BAM Cinema Fest 2022 logo. Photo: Screenshot.

The BAM Cinema Fest will be back in-person, for the first time since 2019, from June 23 through June 30.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts the festival, which will be at its Rose Cinemas in Fort Greene.

The festival launched in 2009 as a showcase for independent films. This year, the films are “overflowing with funny, moving, challenging, and thought-provoking discoveries,” wrote BAM in a statement. It is also a celebration of empowered artists telling their stories.

Opening the festival is the documentary "Aftershock." It puts a spotlight on Black women, their partners and the ways the country's maternal health system fails them.

It will continue with the New York premiere of a restoration of Ayoka Chenzira’s first feature film “Alma’s Rainbow” (1993). There will also be a screening of her animated short picture, “Hair Piece: A Film for Nappyheaded People” (1984).

For more information on BAMcinemaFest or to purchase tickets, visit BAM’s website.


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