MOCA + Cinematheque: Frieze Films + Khalik Allah's 'Field Niggas'

February 11, 2016 / 6:45pm

Cleveland Premiere
$9 at door, $7 for MOCA + Cinemathaque members

This program will take place offsite at: 

Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art 11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Khalik Allah's Field Niggaz is an immersive documentary film that “seeks to give a voice to the voiceless and a face to the faceless” (Hollywood Reporter). Allah is an acclaimed NYC street photographer who focuses his digital video camera on the impoverished nighttime denizens who hang out at the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem. Employing slow motion and non-synchronous sound, Allah’s hallucinatory nocturne captures these unfortunates (many of them homeless and drug addicted) in the glare of streetlamps and storefront neon, often enveloped in a haze of K2 smoke. The provocative title derives from a speech by Malcolm X.

“The most striking sort of urban portraiture.” – Village Voice

“An intimate movie with a metaphysical grandeur.” – The New Yorker

Field Niggaz will be preceded by 4, four-minute short films commissioned from emerging and established artists by Frieze Film Projects in London for 2015. This year’s filmmakers are Charles Atlas, Gery Georgieva, the art collective Thirteen Black Cats, and Xavier Cha. Cha's film, abduct, in which actors battle conflicting emotions, was co-commissioned by MOCA Cleveland, where an expanded version is on view through May 8, 2016. 

Khalik Allah "Field Niggas" Preview from Khalik Allah on Vimeo.


  • Your ticket stub from this screening will entitle you to free admission to MOCA through February 29, 2016.
  • All tickets can be purchased at the Cinematheque Box Office. Details here.