Dir. Spike Lee, 1994
Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973. Presented by programmer Dilcia Barrera.
Programmer: Dilcia Barrera
Dilcia Barrera is a Feature Film Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Dilcia has worked for international film festivals including a tenure as a Sundance Film Festival Shorts Programmer, Senior Programmer at AFI FEST and has collaborated with OUTFEST, LAFF and The Philadelphia Film Festival. Most recently, she was the Curator of Film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and was invited to curate the return edition of LALIFF (The Los Angeles Latino Film Festival) and two new short film categories for NYFF54. She has served on international film festival juries at the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW and in 2016 was named one of "IndieWire's 20 Latin Americans Making a Difference for American Independent Film Today.
"I grew up without seeing myself represented in movies. Thank goodness for PBS playing Crooklyn on repeat. I identified immensely with Crooklyn's central character, Troy and her perspective as she navigated coming of age: fighting off bullies, stuffing her bra, and quietly observing the hardships of her working class family. Crooklyn is set in pre-gentrified black and Puerto Rican Brooklyn, and is based on the real life story of Spike Lee's only sister, Joie Lee. The film's authenticity is rich and reinforced with a dynamic soundtrack and compelling performances. Lee's 7th film is a vibrant love letter to mothers, sisters and the summers that forced us into adolescence and it deserves long over due praise."