Black History Month: Film Festival

February 7, 2012 9:55:44 AM PST
A documentary film festival dedicated to educating, empowering and inspiring audiences kicks off Tuesday night.

The Chicago Urban League's "Honoring our Past, Empowering our Future" film festival includes a tribute to the life and legacy of an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement, an intimate portrait of five Chicago teens and the story of a community activist who tackles violence head-on. Discussions follow the film's presentation to give audiences an opportunity to explore strategic solutions that can lead to an empowered future.

Tuesday, February 7th, 6PM-8:30PM
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago

"Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin." Bayard Rustin (1912?1987) was instrumental in bringing Gandhi's protest techniques from India to America in the 1940s, was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Despite his achievements, Rustin was expunged from history-- largely because he dared to be an openly gay man during a fiercely homophobic era. The screening of this critically acclaimed documentary will be followed by a conversation with Bennett Singer, co-producer and director of "Brother Outsider," Rev. Calvin S. Morris, executive director of the Community Renewal Society and Johari Jabir, assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This screening is presented in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Thursday, February 23rd, 4PM-6PM
Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago

"Woke Up Black" For two years, producer and director Mary Morten and associate producers Keisha Farmer-Smith, Aparna Sharma, and Marisol Ybarra followed five youth from the Chicago area to explore their experiences when it comes to navigating the world they live in. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Mary Morten, Sheldon Smith, one of the film's featured youth and Dr. Cathy Cohen, producing consultant for Woke Up Black and deputy provost of Graduate Education at the University of Chicago and principal investigator for the Black Youth Project.

Monday, February 27, 5:30PM-8:30PM
Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago

"The Interrupters." This film tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Following the film, Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, will moderate a discussion featuring: Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois; Dr. Eric Whitaker, executive vice president for strategic affiliations and associate dean of community-based research at the University of Chicago Medical Center; Ameena Matthews, senior violence interrupter, CeaseFire; and Erick Wilkin, founder of Broken Winggz. This film is presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ceasefire

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