Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

Carter G. Woodson Center 2014 February Film Festival


All films will be hosted in the Woodson Center Gallery and shown on Film Screen 3. Light snacks will be provided. All films are free and open to the community. This year’s film and talk back series are based on “non-fictional” stories representing lived experiences within the legal justice system. Please join us for one or all of the below listed movies during the month of February!

Wednesday, February 5     5 – 7 p.m. The Hurricane (1999) hosted by Dr. Daniel Huck is a
biographical film with a script adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, and The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To #45472, by Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. The film tells the story of a former middleweight boxing champion who was convicted for a triple homicide in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey. The film was directed by Norman Jewison and stars Denzel Washington. Running Time: 120 mins.
Wednesday, February 12   5 – 7 p.m. Fruitvale Station (2013) will be hosted by Dr. Dwayne Mackand is a 2013 American drama written and directed University of Southern California graduate student Ryan Coogler. It is Coogler’s first feature-length film and is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in Oakland, California. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant. Forest Whitaker is one of the film’s producers. The names of the BART officers were changed for the film. The film debuted at the 2013 Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, winning awards in both venues. Running Time: 90 mins.
Wednesday, February 19   5 – 7 p.m. Long Night’s Journey into Day (2000) will be hosted by DeanChad Berry and guests and is an American documentary about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film was directed by Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffmann and is the winner of the Reader Jury of the “Berliner Zeitung” and Karlovy Vary Special Jury Mention Awards. Running Time: 94 mins
Wednesday, February 26   5 – 7 p.m. Gideon’s Army (2013) the film follows three young Public Defenders as part of a small group of idealistic southern lawyers challenging assumptions that drive the criminal justice system. Backed by the Southern Public Defender Training Center (Gideon’s Promise), they struggle to defend the southern poor in an effort to fulfill the promise of “Justice for All.”  The film was selected in the prestigious U. S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, funded by the Ford Foundation and directed by lawyer Dawn

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