L.A. Rebellion

Featuring well-known L.A. Rebellion works alongside rarely seen student films, this body of work represents not only the originality of the individuals whose names are on them, but a collective vision as well. Across the two decades during which they made their presence felt at UCLA, and in the decades since, individual L.A. Rebellion artists have focused on diverse topics and responded to evolving political and artistic thought through their work. Explorations of class, considerations of historical legacies, stories attentive to concerns of local communities and appreciations of other Black arts are only some of the areas of exploration. The films also display a diversity of forms, from irreverent reconfigurations of well-worn genre types, to groundbreaking experiments with cinematic language. Certain works, long out of circulation, represent rediscoveries and will certainly lead to much future scholarship.

  • African Woman – USA
  • The Annihilation of Fish
  • As Above, So Below
  • Ashes and Embers
  • Bellydancing: A History and an Art
  • Black Art, Black Artists
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Boat People
  • Brick by Brick
  • Bush Mama
  • Child of Resistance
  • Compensation
  • Cutting Horse
  • Cycles
  • Dark Exodus
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan
  • Daydream Therapy
  • A Different Image
  • Emma Mae
  • Festival of Mask
  • Finding Buck McHenry
  • Four Women
  • Fragrance
  • Funny Valentines
  • The Glass Shield
  • Grey Area
  • Harvest: 3,000 Years
  • Hidden Memories
  • The Horse
  • Hour Glass
  • I & I: An African Allegory
  • Illusions
  • Killer of Sheep
  • The Kitchen
  • L.A. in My Mind
  • A Little Off Mark
  • Maria's Story
  • Medea
  • Mother of the River
  • My Brother's Wedding
  • Nightjohn
  • Passing Through
  • Penitentiary
  • Penitentiary II
  • The Pocketbook
  • Rain (Nyesha)
  • The Rosa Parks Story
  • Sankofa
  • Selma, Lord, Selma
  • Several Friends
  • Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space
  • The Single Parent Family: Images in Black
  • Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA
  • Tamu
  • To Sleep with Anger
  • Ujamii Uhuru Schule Community Freedom School
  • Varnette's World: A Study of a Young Artist
  • Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification
  • The Wedding
  • Welcome Home Brother Charles
  • When It Rains
  • Your Children Come Back to You