1973 / 112 min. / NR
Director: Bill Gunn
Cast: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn

Black Gold: GANJA & HESS – Restored Director’s Cut!

Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then ’til now, BLACK GOLD invites you to join us on Thursday, October 11th for a special screening of the newly remastered director’s cut of Bill Gunn’s radical and sensuous GANJA AND HESS!

“Cut by timid distributors and inappropriately marketed as grindhouse blaxploitation, this eerie, sui generis work by utterly iconoclastic director Bill Gunn (Personal Problems) is, in its original form, nothing short of a masterpiece of ‘70s American cinema. Night of the Living Dead’s Duane Jones is an anthropologist living in aristocratic splendor in the Hudson Valley who finds himself lusting for blood after being stabbed by his unstable assistant (Gunn). What proceeds from this is a baroque, atmospheric rumination on the clash between African-American and Euro-American culture, animist and Christian influences, and homo–and hetero–desire. With Marlene Clark and Sam L. Waymon, who also composed the film’s haunting score.

This version of Ganja & Hess, saved by scholar Pearl Bowser, represents the director’s cut of the film, restored by the Museum of Modern Art from a 35mm negative, with support from the Film Foundation.”
— Metrograph


There will be prizes!

Generously sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art and Eyesore Cinema.

We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.

Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

Upcoming Screenings:

None Currently Scheduled