Sisters in Cinema (unrated) Yvonne Welbon. With heartfelt commitment, award-winning documentarian Yvonne Welbon recognizes the contributions and untapped potential of historical and contemporary African-American women filmmakers. Through interviews with contemporary black women directors and interspersed (though regrettably short and unanalyzed) film clips from recent and early works, Welbon chronicles, among many others, Tressie Souders, the first black female director of a feature; Maya Angelou, who made her first feature at age 70; Julie Dash, director of Daughters of the Dust, the first film by an African-American woman to receive national theatrical distribution; and Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve's Bayou, the top-grossing independent film of 1997. Though marred by disjointed organization, little depth and Welbon's own unnecessary inclusion, Sisters in Cinema does provide long-overdue acknowledgement of these inspirational artists. Welbon leads a documentary workshop, cosponsored by dhTV, on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sverdrup 123, 8300 Big Bend. Sisters in Cinema screens at 7 p.m. Friday, February 13, through Sunday, February 15, in the Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue. Call 314-968-7487 for more information. (Diane Carson)
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