The Frederick Douglass Institute Presents the Second Annual Black Classic Film & Documentary Series

October 15, 2012

Film, like books, gives us the opportunity to walk in the shoes of our forebearers, and learn from their challenges and triumphs. This film series is about the Black Experience, which may, in fact, be too phenomenal for mere words by themselves to express. Film, however, is an ideal vehicle. Do join us at the Second Annual Series!

These film gems beautifully illustrate how the fruit of the Black Diaspora became a mainstay of film representation, despite efforts to marginalize Black actors, Black life, and Black history. Each is a piece of history, able to “take us there" and help us begin to understand the obstacles Africans and African Americans endure. They  also illustrated the richness of life Blacks create and enjoy in spite of ongoing racial animosity.

October 16 The Great Debaters  (2007) starring Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett & Kimberly Elise

October 23 Slavery by Another Name (2012) narrated by Laurence Fishburne

October 30 Blacula  (1972) starring William Marshall, Vonetta McGhee

November 13 Waiting to Exhale (1995) starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine

November 27 Tsotsi (2005) starring Presley Chweneyage, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Zola

December 4 Buck & the Preacher (1972) starring Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee