I Am MLK Jr.
95 min • 2018 • NR
I Am MLK Jr. is a feature-length documentary telling the story of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while celebrating his life from an engaging contemporary perspective structured around seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement.
…this film provides intimate, first hand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation. Filmed in historic churches where Dr. King preached, and heightened by the music that buoyed the Civil Rights Movement, I Am MLK Jr. features a powerful cast ranging from history-changing civil rights-era activists to contemporary writers, activists and outspoken celebrities.
Director: Michael Hamilton, John Barbisan
Starring: Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, Van Jones
I Am Not Your Negro
95 min • 2016 • PG13
Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson
Lost Tapes: Malcolm X
50 min • 2018 • NR
Malcolm X was reviled and adored during his lifetime thanks to his views of Black nationalism and his “by any means necessary” approach to battle racial discrimination. Following his assassination, the civil rights advocate’s popularity was revived by hip-hop artists in the late 1980s and early ’90s, and his image began appearing on clothing, college dorm posters and eventually in a Spike Lee 1992 biopic.
Now a Smithsonian Channel documentary is examining the life of Malcolm X through rare footage from his speeches and media interviews to let the slain leader speak to a new generation using his own words.
“The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X” … follows the advocate’s changing philosophy from a Nation of Islam Black separatist to a figure seeking to build multiethnic coalitions during the tumultuous 1960s civil rights era. But it also contains never-before-seen footage of the outspoken advocate at rallies with Nation of Islam leader and eventual foe, Elijah Muhammad.
Ilyasah Shabazz, the civil rights leader’s third daughter, said the documentary puts her father in the context of his time and shows him reacting to the injustices he saw.Then, the documentary came to the assassination where radio reporters and images of the event recreate the chaos and sadness.
“The ending of the documentary … I was reduced to smithereens,” Shabazz said. “To see my father, a young man …for me, it was very dynamic.”
HOW IT WORKS
- This is a potluck, free event. We will serve coffee, water and tea.
- Please bring a main dish or salad enough for 6 people.
- Arrive at 6pm for our meal and introductions, then the movie will begin at 7pm.
- After the movie, there will be a 10 minute break, then an open discussion about the movie.