Beautiful People,

Beautiful Movies:

Silver Room Block Party Film Fest

Saturday July 21  12pm - 10pm

Harper Theater  |  5238 S Harper Ave

Free and open to the public

Five FREE films glowing with our beauty, style and fierceness. Bask in the gorgeousness of screen idols Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones, and their superfly successors Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams in Mahogany.  See the lush, Beyoncé -inspiring cinematography of Djibril Diop Mambety’s Senegalese classic Touki Bouki and Julie Dash’s dazzling Daughters of the Dust.  And don’t miss the Chicago premiere of Rock Rubber 45s, a star-studded portrait of the life and free-lance virtuoso of dj, author and hip hop culture orchestrator Bobbito Garcia, who will be in attendance. Spend some time with the beautiful people of our neighborhoods in South Side Home Movie Project’s Video Lounge in the Harper Theater lobby.


Presented by Cinema 53, with support from the Gray Center for Arts + Inquiry and The Silver Room.

Cinema 53 is a FREE screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color.  A partnership between the historic Harper Theater in downtown Hyde Park and UChicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry, Cinema 53 brings together scholars, artists, students and audiences from the South Side and beyond to consider how visual cultures reflect, and reflect upon, enduring inequalities and revolutionary futures.

Noon  Carmen Jones (1954)

2:00    Mahogany (1975)

4:00    Daughters of the Dust (1991)

6:00    Rock Rubber 45s (2018) Chicago premiere with Bobbito Garcia and Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart

8:00    Touki Bouki (1973)

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  Noon : 

Carmen Jones (1954)


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  2:00 : Mahogany (1975)


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4:00 :

Daughters of the Dust (1991)


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6:00 : Rock Rubber 45s (2018)

Chicago premiere with Bobbito Garcia and Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart


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8:00 : Touki Bouki (1973)