Suzanne, Suzanne (1982) 4K Restoration
Older Women and Love (1987) 2K Digitization
Finding Christa (1991) 2K Digitization
The KKK Boutique Ain't Just Rednecks (1994) 2K Digitization
Take Your Bags (1998) 2K Digitization
A String of Pearls (2002) 2K Digitization
|Feb 3-9, 2023||BAM||Brooklyn, NY||Purchase Tickets|
|Special screenings on Feb 3, 4 & 5|
|January 29-February 3, 2023||IFFR Cinema Regained||Rotterdam, The Netherlands||Purchase Tickets|
|February 7, 2023||KASKcinema||Ghent, Belgium||Purchase Tickets|
|February 16, 2023||Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023||Chicago, IL||Purchase Tickets|
|February 23, 2023||Maysles Cinema||Harlem, NY||Purchase Tickets|
|Special screening with Thomas Allen Harris and Nzingha Kendall, moderated by Ayanna Dozier|
|Feb 24-26||Winnipeg Film Group||Winnipeg, Canada||Purchase Tickets|
|February 26, 2023||VIFF||Vancouver, Canada||Purchase Tickets|
|March 15, 2023||Indie Memphis||Memphis, TN||Purchase Tickets|
|March 17-20, 2023||Coral Gables Art Cinema||Miami, FL||Purchase Tickets|
|Special screenings with Stephen Charbonneau and Dr Terri Francis|
|March 25, 2023||Patois Festival||New Orleans, LA||Purchase Tickets|
|Special screenings with Kai Barrow and Ada Gay Griffin|
|March 29, 2023||SIFF x LANGSTON x Grand Illusion||Seattle, WA||Purchase Tickets|
|April 7-9, 2023||Gateway Film Center||Columbus, OH||Purchase Tickets|
|April 11, 2023||FilmScene||Iowa City, IA||Purchase Tickets|
|May 4-12, 2023||Lightbox Film Center and Scribe||Philadelphia, PA||Purchase Tickets|
|Special screenings with Valerie Smith|
|May 4, 2023||Documenta Madrid||Madrid, Spain||Purchase Tickets|
|May 9-11 2023||Cineteca Madrid||Madrid, Spain||Purchase Tickets|
|May 11, 2023||Young Barbican||London, UK||Purchase Tickets|
|June 10-11 2023||TIFF Cinemateque||Toronto, Canada||Purchase Tickets|
|July 2023||National Gallery of Art||Washington, DC||Coming Soon|
|August 17- 24, 2023||Barbican||London, UK||Purchase Tickets|
|August 2023||Showroom Cinema||Sheffield, UK||Coming Soon|
|September 2023||Open City||London, UK||Coming Soon|
The first-ever worldwide theatrical retrospective of the complete films of Camille Billops and James Hatch centers Black cultural life and storytelling on screen with six autobiographical works that innovate documentary form and artfully weave together personal histories and social issues.
The films of Camille Billops and James Hatch have previously screened at festivals and cultural institutions internationally. A String of Pearls, Take Your Bags, and Finding Christa were selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Finding Christa won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and Take Your Bags was also selected. Suzanne, Suzanne and Finding Christa were selected for New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), the annual festival held by the Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center. Take Your Bags, The KKK Boutique ain't Just Rednecks, and Suzanne, Suzanne were selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Finding Christa was part of the 1993 Whitney Biennial.
This worldwide theatrical release is presented by Third World Newsreel in cooperation with Dion Hatch and the Hatch-Billops Collection Estate. This program is made possible through support from the Ford Foundation. The new 4K restoration of Suzanne, Suzanne is by IndieCollect with thanks to Sandra Schulberg, Eva Yuma and team. Third World Newsreel is thrilled to unveil a new trailer for this special theatrical release.
Camille Billops (1933-2019) was a fearless filmmaker, artist, sculptor, historian, archivist, and staunch supporter of Black art and artists. Billops came into her own within the converging contexts of the 1960s civil and human rights struggles, New York's emerging Black artists movement, and her personal struggles for affirmation. Her work is autobiographical, interpretive, and challenging. Without apology, she successfully drew from her life's experiences, her education, and her observations of the world around her to carve out a space for her voice to be heard. She and her husband James made their loft in SoHo a hub for artistic collaborations, collecting thousands of books, documents, photographs, and ephemera related to Black culture. They held salons with Black artists, performers, and musicians, and recorded more than 1,200 oral histories, which were published in an annual journal called Artist and Influence.
James V. Hatch (1928-2020) was a historian of Black theater who taught English and theater at the City College of New York for three decades. He has written and co-written more than a dozen books, including "The Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938" (1990), which he edited with Leo Hamalian, and "Sorrow Is the Only Faithful One: The Life of Owen Dodson" (1993), about the titular Black poet and playwright.
To learn more about the Billops-Hatch archives, visit
A Third World Newsreel Release with the support of Ford Foundation and the cooperation of Dion Hatch and the Billops-Hatch Archives. TWN Exhibitions are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Bookings: Malkah Manouel - Trailer: Clementine Narcisse - Poster: Xan Black - Press: Allison Lambdin