ARRAY @ The Broad: Ganja & Hess

Monday, October 29, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
$20 General Admission / $18 Senior or Student / $15 Members

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing, The Broad and the American Cinematheque present a special Halloween screening of Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film, Ganja & Hess (1973). Newly restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation, Ganja & Hess flirts with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror. Intended to capitalize on the 1970s market for gothic horror films and blaxploitation, Ganja & Hess is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), bestowing upon him the blessing of immortality... and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife, Ganja (Marlene Clark), comes searching for her missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds. A discussion will follow the screening. Costumes are encouraged!

This film is not rated and runs 110 minutes.

Presented in partnership with

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More information on parking at the Egyptian Theater can be found here. Tickets to this program include general admission access to The Broad from October 30 – November 4, 2018. Skip the standby line and present your ticket at the main entrance during regular museum hours.


About ARRAY @ The Broad

ARRAY @ The Broad is an ongoing series featuring classic and contemporary films curated with an eye toward the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. With the cinematic image as the centerpiece, the series engages audiences through post-screening conversations with a spectrum of artists and scholars for an immersive exchange of ideas and insights beyond the screen that enliven many issues addressed by artists in the Broad collection. ARRAY, founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, is an arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers.