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Big Tree, Small Axe

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Finally for now, a few suggestions for home viewing. On the Criterion Channel, we’re making work by such filmmakers as Oscar Micheaux, Maya Angelou, Julie Dash, William Greaves, Kathleen Collins, Cheryl Dunye, Charles Burnett, Khalik Allah, and Leilah Weinraub freely available to everyone, including nonsubscribers. Film at Lincoln Center has posted a collection of dialogues conducted with Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Steve McQueen, Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Yance Ford, and other filmmakers. On Monday and Tuesday, Jamie Stuart went out into the streets of Los Angeles and captured scenes of protesters marching past shuttered movie theaters; to be continued . . . is a disconcerting snapshot of this moment. And D Magazine’s Peter Simek introduces Ya’Ke Smith’s urgent and arresting nine-minute film, Dear Bruh: A Eulogy. A Baptism. A Call to Action.

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