At the beginning of the 2022-23 school, Fatima Privitt, Sarai Sax, and Clementine Quaerna founded the Baltimore City College Film Club. “It’s made by students, for students,” says Fatima Privitt.
In the first semester of the 2022-23 school year, the club has focused on exploring the diversity within the horror/thriller genre. The films that the club has watched so far range from Rosemary’s Baby (1968), an American physiological thriller that follows a young woman’s mental spiral as she faces manipulation and deceit from those around her, to Parasite (2019) a South Korean thriller and dark comedy that serves as a criticism of class and familial tension.
“In film club, I was hoping to demonstrate the cultures and perspectives of all individuals,” says Fatima when reflecting on her goals for the club and the thought process behind choosing what films to show.
After the club finishes a film, the members spend a meeting discussing and analyzing it. Clementine hopes that these discussions will foster “a greater appreciation for great films and all of the factors that go into what makes them so good…” naming directing and costume and sound design as a few of these factors.
Above all, the film club’s purpose is to offer an entertaining and engaging activity for students to explore and bond over. “I really want our club members to experience new things,” says Sarai. “I want to expand our members’ viewpoints on different topics, and grow with them.”
The BCC Film Club meets every Thursday in room 132 at 2:30 pm.