Milestones: Losing Ground / Introduction

In 2021, Sabzian and Courtisane hosted four online Milestones screenings, among them Kathleen Collins’ Losing Ground (1982), which Stoffel Debuysere introduced on the occasion. Characterized by Collins (1942-1988) as a comic drama about a young woman who takes herself too seriously, Losing Ground was one of the first feature films by an independent African-American woman filmmaker. Her protagonist – played by longtime collaborator Seret Scott in a role based on Collins’s own experiences – is a professor of philosophy who tries to examine “ecstasy” from a purely rational perspective, while her artist-husband (Bill Gunn) finds it more interesting to pursue ecstasy.

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