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Family Obligations Under Microscope

July 17, 2008

Tomorrow night the Nelson Film Society presents Charles Burnett’s My Brother’s Wedding.

Shot in south central Los Angeles, Burnett’s films are full of the rough poetry of everyday experience, and their depictions of African-American working-class life are humorous, loving and honest, devoid of condescension or political posturing.

A revival of interest in his work has led to the re-release of My Brother’s Wedding. Originally shown in rough cut in 1983, the 2007 release was re-edited by Burnett and has been beautifully restored.

The film follows the story of a naive young man, Pierce Mundy. Pierce works at his parents’ dry cleaning store with no prospects for the future and his childhood buddies are in prison or dead.

With his best friend getting out of jail and his brother busy planning a wedding to a snooty upper- middle-class woman, Pierce navigates his conflicting obligations while trying to figure out what he really wants in life.

The feature is preceded by the short film Horse (1973).

rTomorrow 6pm, Suter Theatre. Members only. Join at the door. For more information:

www.nelsonfilmsociety.org.nz.

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