Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Each film is followed by a moderated discussion. The series has been well-attended, and will continue while there is good audience interest.
Weekly Zoom Link: Movie Night / Meeting ID: 898 9589 8119 / Password: 663450
July 8: “I Am Not Your Negro,”(2016) Raoul Peck, director. A powerful, probing, and career-spanning synthesis of James Baldwin’s ideas and activities. Baldwin wrote that "not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced." The film is based on an unfinished manuscript by Baldwin titled, “Remember This House”, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. It was to be a radical narration about race in America, told through his own account of the lives and assassinations of his friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The film draws on the completed pages of the novel and rich archival material, to explore and bring a fresh, radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. Join us Wednesday, as we face truths about our nation's history of racial inequality and its relevancy in today’s world.
July 15: "Take This Hammer" (1964) Director Richard O. Moore was inspired by ’the sense of moral urgency’ of James Baldwin’s essay, “Letter from a Region in My Mind,” in The New Yorker. Made during the Birmingham campaign led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and S.C.L.C., the film follows Baldwin as he interviews black residents in San Francisco. Whereas Raoul Peck's film offered a powerful, probing, and career-spanning synthesis of Baldwin’s ideas and activities, Moore's is "local, immersive, and immediate".
“13th” (2016) A documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma”. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, but also included a provision that justifies the use of forced labor by convicts. The film makes the case that this inclusion is one explanation for rising prison numbers and continuing domination of people of color.
“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer"(2017) Directed & Produced by A.J. Ali. The documentary features interviews with police officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and others."L.O.V.E." is Ali's acronym for: Learn about the community and the people in it. Open your heart to the humanity of people in the community; Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution; and, Empower others to do the same.
"A Great and Mighty Walk" (1996) A documentary narrated by Wesley Snipes, chronicling the life and work of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, PhD. IMDB says: “A young African American's quest to learn his place in world history." Dr, Clarke is attributed with bringing Black Studies Programs into university curriculum.
"Just Mercy" (2019) Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s film tells the true story of lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson's (Michael B. Jordan) mission to free Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), an Alabama death row inmate wrongfully convicted of murdering a white woman.