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West Indies

On Thursday, July 25th, we are thrilled to partner with Art House Convergence to herald the return of Art House Theater Day (AHTD), a nationwide event where exhibitors and audiences alike come together to celebrate all the contributions that art house theaters and independent film make to our cultural landscape: ambitious and innovative art that provokes, challenges, entertains, and inspires.

Join us as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of director Med Hondo's bold, innovative, and criminally-underseen 1979 film West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty. Blending musical theater, history, and political satire to explore the legacy of colonialism in the Caribbean, West Indies is set aboard a luxurious cruise ship, which doubles as a metaphor for the islands themselves, where the past and present collide in a vivid tapestry of song, dance, and dramatic reenactments. Through a series of vignettes, the film traces the brutal history of slavery, the struggle for independence, and the ongoing economic exploitation faced by the Caribbean nations. Throughout his visionary film, Hondo employs a striking visual style and a powerful musical score to convey the resilience and cultural richness of the Caribbean people, while critiquing the enduring impacts of colonialism and neo-colonialism.

West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty is celebrated for its ambitious scope and unique narrative structure. It won the Silver Prize at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival, and has been lauded by critics for its inventive storytelling and incisive political commentary, and by historian as a significant work in African and diaspora cinema.

We thank our community of film lovers for all their support. See you this Art House Theater Day!

  • Rating NR
  • Running time 113
  • Genre Musical

Movie Times

Thursday, July 25th