(Jonathan Olshefski, 2017)
Thursday Mar 29, 2018
In Person: QUEST Editor Lindsay Utz
»more info at QUEST website
Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their basement home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.
(Nilima Abrams with student collaborators, 2016)
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
Loft Cinema/Loft Film Festival
Tent Village Trailer 2.5 Min from Nilima Abrams on Vimeo.
India’s roadside tent dwellers, through the eyes of their teenaged children
The Tent Village is a collaborative work between Nilima and four teenagers she worked with in India. After learning basic filmmaking, the students decided to film at roadside hovels where garbage workers and hair-collectors live. The filmmakers’ unique perspectives (being themselves from the community they film) guide the viewer through life in the “tent village”, bringing a compassionate yet unsentimental peek into the lives of people who are often barely seen as people at all.
The Tent Village has been screened at the Alhambra Theatre Festival, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film and Media Festival, the Vermont International Film Festival, the Austin Asian American Film Festival, as well as nationally on PBS through the To the Contrary Festival.