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Georgia, Georgia

Georgia, Georgia

Georgia, Georgia

1972 / 91min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: STIG BJöRKMAN

CAST: DIANA SANDS, DIRK BENEDICT, LARS-ERIK BERENETT, STIG ENGSTRöM

Screening introduced by Melissa Lyde

Diana Sands won overnight success on Broadway as precocious Beneatha Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Born and raised in the Bronx, Sands lost her life to cancer at 39. Throughout her short career she avoided typecasting and strikingly portrayed daring women on the stage and screen. Georgia, Georgia (1972), shot on location in Sweden, is an early work from the director, author, and film critic Stig Björkman, with a screenplay by Maya Angelou. Sands portrays an unraveling singer abroad, lonely in love and sick of imposed racial obligations. With this screening Alfreda’s Cinema celebrates Diana Sands’ monumental talent in the month which would have marked her 85th birthday.

Programmed by Melissa Lyde. Print courtesy the Swedish Film Institute.

Alfreda’s Cinema screens films that tell Black/POC stories that resonate with depth and love, the richness and culture of our history, our dynamics, our shapes, our colors, and our truth. Programmed by Melissa Lyde, Alfreda's Cinema was previously hosted at Brooklyn’s Videology, and will continue as a bi-monthly series at Metrograph with programs, talks and special appearances that aspire to bridge communities.