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.