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MoMI’s Virtual Cinema

MoMI is partnering with independent distributors to bring Virtual Cinema offerings directly to Museum members and patrons for home viewing. Each ticket directly supports the Museum. 

Click on the titles below to watch each film. 
Tickets prices vary by film, ranging from $3.99 to $12, some with discounts for MoMI members (please check your member email for codes or instructions) 

Dir. William Greaves. USA, 1973, 79 mins. Best known for his 1971 classic Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, William Greaves was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority of them focused on Black history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered Black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, and Amiri Baraka. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time. A Kino Lorber release. Tickets: $10. Buy tickets.

Dirs. Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor. 2009, 101 mins. New digital restoration. An unsentimental elegy to the American West, Sweetgrass follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. A Grasshopper Film release. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. Buy tickets.

Dir. Ric Burns. USA, 2020, 114 mins. A deeply moving portrait of one of society’s most beloved thinkers, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life charts Sacks’s transformation from motorcycle-riding, body-building outsider into influential scientist, while also documenting the grace with which he lived the end of his life. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.

Dir. Pierre Chenal. Argentina, 1951, 108 mins. Richard Wright's classic, controversial 1940 novel about the injustices of African American life in Chicago's South Side was adapted to the screen in 1951 by Pierre Chenal, a French expatriate living in Argentina. When initially released in the U.S., Native Son was heavily censored; a complete 16mm print of the original Argentinian release and an incomplete 35mm duplicate negative of the uncensored cut were combined for the current restoration by Kino Lorber. This is the most complete version of Native Son ever shown in the U.S. Tickets: $10. Buy tickets. 

Dir. Orçun Behram. Turkey, 2019, 115 mins. In Turkish with English subtitles. In a barren, nameless town in Turkey, a new satellite system promises to consolidate and centralize television broadcasts. In one crumbling apartment building, during a satellite antenna installation gone horribly wrong, a shy superintendent (Ihsan Önal) discovers an oozing, black sludge that threatens the tenants. As the situation begins to spin out of control, The Antenna becomes a chilling critique of the transmissions that regularly affect our ability to distinguish between fact and fiction, and a depiction of the way that media manipulation can affect democracy. A Darkstar Pictures release. Tickets: $10 / $8 Museum members. Buy tickets.

Political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his home country of Kenya. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional election, but it becomes increasingly difficult for him to run a clean campaign against corrupt opponents on idealism alone. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. Buy tickets. 

Dirs. Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang. China/USA, 2019, 81 mins. In Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates the stage play “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed with life-size mechanical puppets. Tickets: $12 /$10 Museum members. Buy tickets.

Dir. Robert Kramer. 1990, 255 mins. In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returned to the United States after years of living abroad. To reacquaint himself with the country, he decided to travel the entire length of Route 1, from the Canadian border to Key West, filming all the way. Tickets: $10 /$8 Museum members. Buy tickets.  

Dir. Melissa Haizlip. 2018, 115 mins. Before Oprah Winfrey and Arsenio Hall, Ellis Haizlip made broadcast television history with SOUL!, an innovative weekly public TV series that aired from 1968 to 1973 and celebrated Black American culture. Tickets: $12 /$10 Museum members. Buy tickets.  

Dir. Hubert Sauper. Austria/France/U.S., 2020, 108 mins. The latest film from Academy Award–nominated director Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) offers a typically complex and frankly bracing consideration of the past, present, future, and mythology of Cuba. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets. 

Ghost Tropic
Dir. Bas Devos. Belgium. 2019, 85 mins. After a long day at work, 58-year-old Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up at the end of the line, she has no choice but to make her way back to her Brussels home on foot. Tickets: $12/ $10 for members. Buy tickets. 

Dirs. Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres. 2020, 96 mins. This documentary captures the rollercoaster battles of an organization that protects the rights of a mother separated from her child, a soldier whose career is threatened, or a young woman whose right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official. Tickets: $12/ $10 Museum members. Buy tickets. 

Dir. Romola Garai. 2020, 99 mins. With Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, Angeliki Papoulia. In her feature directorial debut, actor Romola Garai fashions an original ghost story of claustrophobic horror. Tickets: $12 / $10 Museum members. Buy tickets. 

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Dir. Dawn Porter. 2020, 96 mins. With John Lewis. Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter’s John Lewis: Good Trouble is a rousing and definitive chronicle of John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Tickets: $12. Buy tickets.