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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | Doors: 6:30, Film: 7pm | $7-$10
Postponed/Cancelled: Spotlight Series: cinéSPEAK presents Born in Flames
Post-screening discussion with Romy Opperman and M Asli Dukan

**As a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19, this event and all events at Vox Populi between 3/11 – 3/30 have been cancelled or postponed. Please stay tuned for future updates.**

Spotlight Series: cinéSPEAK presents Born in Flames
Post-screening discussion with Romy Opperman and M Asli Dukan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | $7-$10 (sliding scale)
Doors: 6:30pm / Film: 7pm
Seating is Limited – Reserve Now via EventBrite
Tickets Available at Door as Available

cinéSPEAK and Vox Populi are proud to present Lizzie Borden’s feminist classic BORN IN FLAMES (1983) in honor of Women’s History Month (March).

Written & Directed by: Lizzie Borden
Running Time: 1hr 30min
Language: English
Watch the Trailer:

Born in Flames ‘rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling classic is a fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after a social democratic cultural revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women – across all lines of race, class, (gender) and sexual (orientation) – emerges to blow the System apart.

Newly restored in high definition on its 35th anniversary, Born in Flames is even more relevant in today’s political climate. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.’ (from First Run Pictures; modified description)

**Content Warning: violence during protests/uprising; racism; police murder of a Black femme

ABOUT Romy Opperman:
Romy Opperman is a Penn State University doctoral candidate whose work bridges the fields of Africana and Environmental Philosophy. She plans to defend her dissertation, “Race, Ecology, Freedom: Climate Justice and Environmental Racism,” in Spring 2020. Her work exists at the intersection of poststructuralism, decolonial philosophy, critical philosophy of race and critical feminist science studies. Romy was a visiting scholar at Université Paris-8 (2017-8) and a Humanities without Walls Graduate Fellow (2016-7). She received her M.Phil in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge, and her BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick.

Read her critique of ‘Born into Flames’ here:

ABOUT M. Asli Dukan:
M. Asli Dukan is a filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily in the genres of speculative fiction as a subversive, radical and liberatory practice. She has screened at numerous film festivals in North America including the Philadelphia-based BlackStar Film Festival and at T.O. Webfest in Toronto, Canada. She has exhibited her visual artwork in galleries like the Icebox Project Space and the Institute for Contemporary Art, both in Philadelphia. She has received several grants, awards and fellowships, including a 2018 Flaherty Seminar fellowship and a 2019 Sachs Program for Arts Innovation grant. In 2018, she completed Resistance: the battle of philadelphia, a near-future web series about a community’s struggle against surveillance and state violence. She is in post-production on Invisible Universe, a documentary about Black creators in speculative fiction and in development on the Caribbean-influenced anthology horror film, Skin Folk, based on the book by Nalo Hopkinson.
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Cinespeak Presents Born in Flames
March 11, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
March 11, 2020 @ 9:30 pm