BAMcinématek’s fifth edition of New Voices in Black Cinema, presented in collaboration with the ActNow Foundation,
offers a long weekend of features, documentaries, and shorts that center on the black experience both within Brooklyn and all over the world. The lineup of works opens with a strong double bill: Ben Bowman’s mother-son drama Knucklehead, starring Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave) and The Wire‘s Gbenga Akinnagbe, followed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s black-and-white, Lolita-esque Of Good Report, which was originally banned in South Africa. Another item of note is the cinematographer Arthur Jafa’s (Daughters of the Dust, Crooklyn) Dreams Are Colder Than Death, which screened at last year’s New York Film Festival. Today’s program brings the U.S. premiere of Rob Brown’s Sixteen, about a former DRC child soldier’s attempt to start a new life in London.

March 26-29, 7 p.m., 2015