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Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013:
Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination

October | November | December

October

Skin

Skin (2010)
Monday, October 21, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Despite being born to Afrikaner parents, Sandra faces prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features resulting from a genetic case of Atavism. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Sandra must overcome the racial intolerance of her society in this uplifting true story. 107 minutes, Rated: PG-13.


Family Name

Family Name (2008)
Monday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

As a child growing up in Durham, North Carolina, Macky Alston never questioned why all the other Alstons in his school were black. Now, after twenty-five years, he has gone back to unravel the mystery. In this documentary of race relations, Alston travels to family reunions, picnics, housing projects, churches, graveyards & the original Alston plantations to find people who share his family name. 89 minutes, Unrated.

November

Watermelon Man

Watermelon Man (1970)
Monday, November 4, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

This 1970s American comedy-drama film directed by Melvin Van Peebles tells the story of an extremely bigoted 1960s white insurance salesman named Jeff Gerber who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. 100 minutes, Rated: R.

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story (2010)
Monday, November 18, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers – one mixed-race and one Korean – Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family. 78 minutes, Unrated.

Black Womyn: Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent

Black Womyn: Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent (2009)
Monday, November 25, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

The documentary focuses on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from various backgrounds. It features candid interviews with black lesbian women discussing coming out, love and relationships, discrimination and gender identity. 97 minutes, Unrated

December

The N Word: Divided We Stand

The N Word: Divided We Stand (2004)
Monday, December 2, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Easily the most inflammatory, shocking and historic word in the English language, the N word has smoldered in the American psyche for over a century. It has morphed from a source of hate, degradation and embarrassment to a term of endearment used amongst the many races of young people. But is that OK? Given the word’s continually shifting use, The N Word is a brave and bold confrontation of the taboo, exploring the history and relevance of the word and the social status within and between races. 85 minutes, Unrated, (strong language).

Dr. Brenda Allen

Let’s Talk About It – The Many Facets of Identity
Monday, December 9, 6 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

With special guest Dr. Brenda Allen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

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