The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute

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297 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:00 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Vince Singleton
Run time: 35:00
Chronical of the establishment of Palmer Memorial Institute by Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown in 1902 and closing in 1971. Over 2000 African Americans attended the iconic boarding school which was considered to be the gold standard in Black education during its existence.

The Absence of Music

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296 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:45 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Charla Wilson
Run time: 13:01
In 1971, a group of Black students came together on the Northwestern University campus to form a choir called the Northwestern Community Ensemble (NCE) in the Black sacred music tradition. The group provided a spiritual outlet and a space to connect at a predominately white university and engage in a Black cultural tradition. For the past 50 years, this music ministry still has a strong presence on campus and has impacted the greater Chicago area. In this documentary, the founders and early members tell the origin story. They also recall some of their favorite memories from their time in the choir.

DiaTribe: From The Village To The Streets

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220 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 11:05 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: AJ Wone

Run time: 42:06

A concert documentary featuring the evolutionary lineage between African dance traditions and the dance styles from today's youth. Master Drummer Obo Addy, MC Mic Crenshaw and poet AJ Wone converge to present a history of African music and dance from its traditional roots introducing a live audience to a rhythmic reunion of soul for one evening.

The Forgotten Ones

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298 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 11:50 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Tracii McGregor
Run time: 7:00
The story of one man's struggle, resilience and ultimate triumph over his 40-year battle with addiction and homelessness.

Spark: A Systemic Racism Story

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294 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 12:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Stephanie Gegax
Run time: 33:14
Explores the root causes of systemic racism and proposes remedies in public safety, policing, criminal justice, and social norms. Made by white allies after the tragedy of George Floyd's death, it encourages recognition of unconscious bias and commitment to unlearning a historical narrative that redefined an entire race.

Finding Fellowship

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292 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 1:15 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Jason Green
Run time: 1:00:02
"We haven't been this divided since 1968." Unfortunately, this has become a common refrain. This film goes back in time to 1968, an unmistakably divided time of student protest and racial unrest, to share the remarkable story of three racially segregated churches coming together in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination. Their decision to merge will surprise you. Their dedication to stay together will inspire you. This is a story of the possible that reminds us that even in dark, divided times, the opportunity and responsibility to come together -- heart to heart and hand to hand -- rests within each of us.

Umoja

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79 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:00 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Justin R. Brown
Run time: 24:46
Umoja is the heartwarming story of a man, Frank-Antoine Marzin and his quest to find the missing pieces in his life. Born in Vietnam, he was put up for adoption soon after birth. He was adopted by a French couple and grew up happily in Northern France, but always wondered who his birth parents were. After speculating and searching for over four decades, he finally discovered his father, a Vietnam Veteran Asamu Johnson, living in Western Michigan. Now, the two are meeting for the first time in person in what is sure to be a moment of eternity.

Man In Me: The Documentary

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75 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:30 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Isaac Rowe
Run time: 1:23:00
Men invite us on a heart-felt journey exploring boyhood and fatherhood. Recounting stories of pain and profound healing, the film documents an intimate side of men. These stories vividly detail the trials and triumphs they have encountered in their journey through life. Expert testimonials from mental health professionals examine the vital role of fathers in the lives of children and stimulates awareness for positive change.

100 Years from Mississippi

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62 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 12:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Tarabu Betserai Kirkland
Run time: 59:00
Mamie Lang Kirkland was seven years old when she fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend, John Hartfield, escaped an approaching lynch mob. John Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era. Mamie's son, Tarabu, had gowns up hearing stories of John Hartfield but didn't know if his mother's stories were fact or folklore until one day in 2015. Tarabu discovered an article describing Hartfield's murder before a crowd of 10,000 spectators. At that moment, the film was born.

Disco

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78 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 1:40 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Maura McNamara
Run time: 4:32
Disco is a street artist and poet of peace who spends most days selling his drawings at the corner of Wayne & Berkley in Philadelphia, PA. In this energetic and unflinchingly honest dive into his universe, we get a taste for his unrelenting vision for the safety, resources, opportunity, and love that his community needs. This is a declaration of all that it takes to survive and thrive in modern America from those who know the stakes most intimately.

The Truth About The Use of Relaxers in Nigeria

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76 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 2:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Seun Okimi
Run time: 16:20
A short documentary film which brings light to the topic of hair practices in African countries, and specifically the ongoing, highly widespread use of hair relaxers to chemically straighten hair in Nigeria as it relates to the growing natural hair movement happening in America and the underlying meanings and motives behind the continued use of hair relaxers in African countries.

Black Is

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56 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:00 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Maya Peroune
Run time: 19:59
In the wake of the 2020 pandemic and the worldwide uproar over the killing of George Floyd, a suburban Black teen decides to have a raw and honest conversation with her peers about what Blackness is in America.

Bass Reeves, The Invincible Black Marshal

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57 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:30 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Larry Foley
Run time: 6:48
Bass Reeves was a brave African- American U.S. Deputy Marshal who rode for Judge Isaac Parker out of the federal court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, commissioned to hunt down and capture outlaws hiding in Indian Territory. Reeves worked for thirty-two years as a deputy-marshal; the only marshal to begin with Parker's court and last until Oklahoma statehood in 1907.

T.E.M.P.L.E.

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59 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 10:45 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Lamont Gibson
Run time: 18:23
T.E.M.P.L.E.- Tell 'Em My People Leave Enriched is a documentary about Lamont Nathaniel Gibson an African-American, North Philadelphian filmmaker coming to terms with the forced changes to his home neighborhood by the expansion of his soon-to-be alma mater, Temple University.

Ten Feet Wide: The Story of a Skinny House

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58 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 11:15 AM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Cameron Munson
Run time: 15:30
This is an inspirational family legacy story of Nathan Seely, a Black carpenter who built an extraordinary ten-foot-wide skinny home in the Village of Mamaroneck, New York during the Great Depression.

Child Support: The Scorn or The Absent

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57 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 12:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Matthew Sanders
Run time: 1:27:56
Based on true events and experiences of everyday people that have gone through and are currently dealing with the child support system. Touching on topics such as using child support as a threat, monetary restrictions, incarceration, child support is a business, child rearing, exposing scorn and absent parents etc... Perspectives and stories told by participants are used to achieve the reality of how child support works and should be utilized.

Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, DC Washington

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78 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 3:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Samuel George
Run time: 50:00
For decades, Washington, D.C. has stood as a beacon for Black culture and community. Yet a breakneck wave of gentrification threatens to erase this history. Go-Go City dives into this rich tapestry, exploring the culture and sound of Washington, D.C. as well as the forces of economic and cultural gentrification that stand to mute them.

Inside Color

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297 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 4:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Dash Kolos
Run time: 51:00
Inside Color invites you to peek into Cavier Coleman's world during the creation of one of his masterpieces.

Making Sweet Tea

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298 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 5:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: John L Jackson, Jr. & Nora Gross
Run time: 1:30:00
A documentary film that chronicles the journey of southern-born, Black gay researcher and performer, E. Patrick Johnson as he travels home to North Carolina to come to terms with his past, and to Georgia, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. to reconnect with six Black gay men he interviewed for the book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South- An Oral History.

Redacted

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296 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 7:10 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Naeema Jamiah Torres
Run time: 18:24
In this short essay- styled documentary, a Black filmmaker reflects on present-day struggles of marginalized people on a tour devoted to challenging conventional historical narratives through the legacy of a slave revolt.

Versailles '73

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299 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 8:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Deborah Riley Draper
Run time: 1:30:00
Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution is a funny, extraordinary and often poignant collection of memories shared by the models, designers, journalists, patrons and others lucky enough to witness the night that changed fashion forever. The cast includes Stephen Burrows, Bethann Hardison, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland and China Muchado.

We Came A Long Way By Faith: Catholic Hill and St. James Greater Catholic Church

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59 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 3:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: George Wingard
Run time: 51:41
Catholic Hill, formerly known as Thompson's Crossroads, is an area steeped in history. The predominant feature on the landscape is the 1935, gothic-revival inspired St. James the Greater Catholic Church and its recently renovated 1901 school house.

MotherHOOD

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76 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 4:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Chris Kensil
Run time: 44:00
A mother endures hardships and becomes a community activist while raising her children in the poverty and drug stricken "640" neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Hope Village

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78 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 5:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Ri-Karlo Handy
Run time: 1:11:06
Lucy Hall, the founder of one of the nation's most successful women's treatment facilities, shares her story of generational addiction to help Georgia families. Mary Hall's death launches her daughter Lucy into a journey of self-discovery. Lucy drops to the depths of self-destruction with drugs and alcohol only to rise from the ashes and use what she learned to help other women in their own recovery. Hope Village: Finding Recovery illustrates what it takes to survive addiction, one woman at a time.

Iric

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78 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 6:50 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Sandra Tamkin
Run time: 12:18
A homeless young man struggles to find his place in the world and make sense of a traumatic childhood.

The Skin You're In

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76 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 8:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Thomas LaVeist
Run time: 1:03:22
A multi-part series exposing America's racial health disparities epidemic. In this pilot episode (SOMETHING ABOUT BROWNSVILLE), Tulane University research scientist Dr. Thomas LaVeist returns to his roots in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY to investigate why Brownsville has the lowest life expectancy of any community in NY.

In CLOSING

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203 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 3:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Ira Mallory
Run time: 1:04:00
In CLOSING explores the closing of the iconic Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, IN. Alumni and two community activists seeking to halt the closing provide sharp prospective.

IS THE UK INNOCENT? Black Lives Matter

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59 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 4:15 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Jose' Maria Martinelli
Run time: 45:00
This documentary explores the relationship between the transatlantic trade of enslaved African people between 1600s to 1800s and racism today in the UK.

Medical Racism: The New Apartheid

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57 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 5:30 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: David Massey
Run time: 57:26
Medical Racism illuminates the shocking history of human experimentation targeting Blacks by government health regulators and private pharmaceutical companies. "While many Americans are familiar with the historic medical atrocities by CDC at Tuskegee; by the father of American gynecology, Dr. J. Marion Sims on South Carolina slave girls; and the continuing medical larceny against Henrietta Lacks, they are likely unaware of the routine medical barbarism against Africans that persists today," Cost says.
The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee David Massey, chronicles the medical cartel's long history of targeting minority populations for unethical experiments, the acquiescence of regulatory agencies and medical ethicists, and the silence of physicians that allow these atrocities to continue today.

Black Health IS

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57 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 6:45 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Edward Hill
Run time: 45:42
A two-part documentary based in Detroit, MI, a young man seeks to crack the surface around mental health and sexual health within the African American community by interviewing family, friends, and professionals.

Restoration: A Concert Film

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54 Tickets Available

Event Date Aug 14, 2021 8:00 PM | Show Details Hide Details

Director: Native Son, Benny Starr, Rodrick Cliche
Run time: 1:06:40
The film explores southern Black agrarian stories of self-determination, land ownership, and folkwit; amplifies ongoing struggles for restorative land justice in this country including the Black Farmers' Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign; and weaves together live musical performances from Native Son and the personal narratives of Black legacy farmers and land stewards throughout the film.

Many of these documentaries deal with sensitive subjects. Viewer discretion is advised.
Films and times are subject to change, so check back often.
Documentaries will be shown in Clowes Auditorium (seats 300) , Riley (seats 80) and Knall (seats 60)
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