Launching in Black History Month, Ragtag Cinema celebrates repertory Black cinema in the quarterly series, BLACK INDEPENDENTS. Throughout cinematic history, Black filmmakers have challenged popular representations of Blackness, as well as the traditional systems of film production and distribution. Independent by necessity, the films in this series represent the varied waves of Black independent film production. Each screening is accompanied by a Columbia-based Black artist to place different modes of Black artistic expression in conversation with one another. BLACK INDEPENDENTS showcases the timeless and imaginative spirit of Black art.