An Evening Honoring Sonia Sanchez (40279)

On Jan. 25 at 8:00 pm, the Artivist Film Festival honors Sonia Sanchez with a special screening of “Sonia Sanchez: Shake Loose Memories.” She is a poetry icon, professor emeritus at Temple University, co founder of the Black Arts Movement, pioneer of the Black studies program at San Francisco State, and a tireless fighter for human rights. She is a stuttering child from Alabama, abused step-daughter from Harlem, single mother struggling to raise her children, artist revolutionary battling oppression on all fronts. Sonia’s poetry, performance and reflections weave together to create a moving “cine poem.” “Shake Loose Memories” celebrates the work of Sonia Sanchez as a poet and activist. The film is anchored around interviews with Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, her family, and two live performances of “The “Full Moon of Sonia,” a ground breaking eclectic mix of spoken word, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues celebrating her life and work of a cultural icon. Sonia Sanchez’ influence is far-reaching and wide ranging and can be heard in such artists as Mos Def, Jill Scott, and Talib Kweli, to name a few. She is most often associated as a beacon of the Black Arts Movement.

The evening’s film program includes the Award Winnings Shorts: “Bid’Em In” directed by Neal Sopata, and “Umoja Directed by Elizabeth Tadic; followed by a special screening of “SONIA SANCHEZ: SHAKE LOOSE MEMORIES“, a musical and poetic journey through the life, art and activism of Sonia Sanchez. The award will be presented by Jamal Joseph, director/filmmaker of “Shake Loose Memories” and professor and Chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and the artistic director of the New Heritage Theater in Harlem. A clip of the film is available at

Tickets for the Festival are FREE and open to the public but advance reservations are required. For details about the evening and to make free reservations go to