Maxfield contributes the composition and sound of his saxophones to the score of Knucklehead alongside principle composers, Michael Shobe and Benjamin Wright. Gast's haunting solo over the final credits truly captures the spirit of this powerful independent film. Knucklehead premiered worldwide March 26 as part of the BAMCinématek series New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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A Mother’s Clutch Makes Its Mark

Review of the independent film, Kuncklehead

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Perspectives from a local and international standpoint distinguish the fifth annual New Voices in Black Cinema, running Thursday through next Sunday at BAMCinématek. The festival begins with the world premiere of “Knucklehead,” the writer-director Ben Bowman’s drama about a mentally disabled youth (Gbenga Akinnagbe, from “The Wire”) who struggles to survive life in Brooklyn public housing after the shooting of his brother and the predations of his abusive mother (a terrifying Alfre Woodard). Mr. Bowman and Mr. Akinnagbe field questions after the screening.

Two extraordinary women are profiled in documentaries on Saturday: “Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee” is a portrait of Ms. Dee, the actress-activist who died last year, by her grandson Muta’Ali Muhammad, and Joanna Lipper’s “The Supreme Price” examines the democracy movement in Nigeria as experienced by the feminist activist Hafsat Abiola. Watch, learn, be inspired. (BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-636-4100,