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2012 Seldom Screened Cinema:
Scenes from the Diaspora

Seldom Screened Cinema: Scenes from the Diaspora

October | November | December

October

Glory

Glory (1989)
Monday, October 15, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

An American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The story is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the U.S. Army to be made up entirely of African American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War. 122 minutes, Rated: R.

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson (1995)
Monday, October 22, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future. The Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past. 95 minutes, Rated: PG.

November

Cabin in the Sky

Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Monday, November 5, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

An all-star screen adaptation of the successful Broadway play tells the story of the gambler Little Joe who is seriously wounded in a barroom fight. His pious wife, Petunia, prays for him to have a second chance so he can get into heaven. Joe survives, but God's General and Lucifer begin the battle for his soul. 98 minutes, Not Rated.

The First Grader

The First Grader (2011)
Monday, November 19, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

A heartwarming and inspiring true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education. 103 minutes, Rated: PG-13.

The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Monday, November 26, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Based on the true story of the "Fighting 99th," the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that fought in World War II. Fighting prejudice from racist officers and government officials and held to a consistently higher level of performance than their white counterparts, these men prove themselves in training and in combat, many of them dying for their country in the process. 106 minutes, Rated: PG-13.

December

The Green Pastures

The Green Pastures (1936)
Monday, December 3, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

A classic African American folk drama, based on M'nelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production in which several Old Testament stories are performed as they might be imagined by black Sunday-school child in the Depression-era South. It's an all-black vision of heaven as a perpetual fish-fry, full of black angels and cherubs eating catfish and smoking 10 cent "see-gars," where "De Lawd" presides over the tales of creation. 93 minutes, Not Rated.

Special Double Feature
Monday, December 10, 6 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Alice's Ordinary People Alice's Ordinary People (2012)
A documentary about Alice Tregay – a woman who refused to stand still for injustice and brought others together to change what was. It's Alice's story of the ordinary people who effected extraordinary change and advanced the endless struggle for human rights and dignity. It's an inspiration to current and future generations as they take up the mantle and continue the fight. Unrated.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (2011)
This documentary short film is about James Armstrong, the Birmingham, AL barber whose involvement in civil rights and racial activism spanned nearly forty years. The program opens on the day before Election Day in 2008 as 85-year-old Armstrong remembers the "terrible days" of the civil rights movement and reflects on his happiness at seeing a black presidential candidate. The documentary raises questions about democracy and patriotism in the face of adversity, and the vigilance and action required to ensure continued forward movement to end racial injustice. 25 minutes, Not Rated. 

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