Tue, February 2, 20166:00 PM
AFAM Black Film Festival (Feb. 2, 11, 22)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (February 2, 2016)
Location: Henderson Tolson Cultural Center, Room A
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson, which examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. It features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars. The footage includes appearances by Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, Angela Davis and commentaries by Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley and Abiodun Oyewole, amongst others. Students will form discussion groups to talk about the historical significance of this time period.
Dark Girls (in collaboration with Adams Center Residence Hall) (February 11, 2016)
Location: Adams Center, Tarman Basement
Dark Girls is a 2012 documentary film by American filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It documents colorism based on skin tone among African Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film contains interviews with notable African Americans including Viola Davis. It also reports on a new version of the 1940s black doll experiment by Kenneth and Mamie Clark, which proved that black children had internalized racism by having children select a white or a black doll (they typically chose white) based on questions asked. In the updated version, black children favored light-skinned dolls over dark-skinned dolls. Students will form discussion groups with student facilitators to talk about this taboo issues and how to overcome them.
Finding the Gold Within (in collaboration with the Office of University Community) (February 22, 2016)
Location: Henderson Tolson Cultural Center, Room B
Finding the Gold Within is a feature-length documentary by Karina Epperlein, which has appeared in the Mill Valley Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival and received the John Michaels Award at the Big Muddy Film Festival.
Six young African American men from Akron, Ohio, enter college, determined to redefine society’s images and low expectations of them. During the three and half years of filming, the protagonists grow before our eyes, whether navigating persistent racial provocations, or seeking support with friends, estranged fathers, and wise grandmothers. Alumni of the unique Akron mentoring program Alchemy, they share their trials and triumphs with honesty, astonishing vulnerability, and raw emotion. Students will discuss topics related to the film.
All films are free and open to the public. For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, contact Eugene Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.