The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Liberation Film Series: 2012-2013 Season entitled An Exploration in Youth-focused Intergenerational Conversations educates the youth, and others, about the real world and the Black people - many unknown - who struggled, globally, to make it better. This series offers the regional community a refreshingly new opportunity to experience a season of culturally important, conscious, enlightening, and engaging films. Immediately following each film, a speaker led interpretation and Q&A session will provide the audience deeper insights. No other theater in the region offers this type of focused programming and premiere educational opportunity. To encourage literacy, a bibliography, supplemental reading materials, and useful links for each film will be accessible on the Museum’s website, and the speaker’s books and related texts available at the venue.
This unique film/discussion series is the result of the financial support and/or collaborative consultation with Eastern Michigan University, The Media Education Foundation (MEF), Michigan State University, University of Detroit - Mercy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan - Dearborn, Oakland University, Wayne County Community College District, Wayne State University, Good People Popcorn, Dr. Errol Henderson - Pennsylvania State University, and other leading scholars and community activists.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975 - This extraordinary feat of editing and archival research, takes up a familiar period in American history from a fresh and fascinating angle. Written and Directed by Goran Hugo Olsson; Edited by Hanna Lejonqvist and Mr. Olsson; Music by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Om’Mas Keith; Produced by Annika Rogell. Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Topic: “Lessons From The Black Power Movement”
Speakers: Dr. Gloria House (Aneb Kgostitile) and Dr. Stephen Ward
Finally Got the News - Finally Got the News is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. A film by Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner. Produced in Association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Running time: 55 Minutes.
Topic: “Fighting Racism in the Labor Movement”
Speakers: General Gordon Baker, Jr. and Dr. John H. Bracey
The Black Unicorn: Dudley Randall and The Broadside Press - Chronicles the life and literary career of American poet Dudley Randall, who has published six books of poetry and edited several anthologies of black poetry. As the publisher/editor of Broadside Press, established in 1965, he has also provided a significant outlet for many other black poets. Creative presentations of Randall's poetry, utilizing historical footage and photos, are combined with interviews with Randall and other black poets, who discuss the extent of Randall's influence on the development of African-American literature. Written, produced and directed by Melba Boyd. Running time: 54 minutes.
StarbyStar: Naomi Long Madgett, Poet and Publisher - In this documentary about Naomi Long Madgett's life and art, filmmaker David B. Schock, Ph.D., chronicles her journey, her struggles, and her achievements. In conversations with Naomi, we learn about the course of her life and the encouragement she received from Langston Hughes and others of the Harlem Renaissance. Running time: 82 minutes. Winner of the 2011 Outstanding Documentary Award from the Historical Society of Michigan.
Topic: "Translating Poetry into Film"
Speaker: Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd
The Water Front - A documentary by Elizabeth Miller, The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. It touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. 2007; running time: 53 minutes.
Topic: “The Emergency Manager Law & Privatization: How to Discard Democracy”
Speaker: Marian Kramer
Hip-Hop Beyond Beats & Rhymes - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture. Directed by Byron Hurt; running time 56 minutes.
Topic: “The Hip Hop Power & Identity Lessons: What Hip Hop Teaches Us about Race, Gender & Sexual Politics”
Speaker: Dr. Dionne Bennett
W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices - The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into an eventful century in African American history. Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka narrate successive periods of Du Bois' life and discuss its impact on their work. By filmmaker Louis Massiah; running time 114 minutes.
Topic: “America’s Most Important, Yet Unknown Intellectual-Activist”
Speaker: Dr. William (Bill) Strickland
Thomas Sankara - The Upright Man - As Africa looks desperately for leaders of integrity and vision, the life and ideals of the late Thomas Sankara are more relevant and exemplary with the passage of time. This film goes a long way towards explaining why Sankara is still venerated on his own continent as the “African Che,” a legendary martyr like Patrice Lumumba or Amilcar Cabral. Running time: 52 minutes.
Topic: “African Liberation Leadership in an Era of Neoliberalism”
Speaker: Dr. Rita Kiki (Nkiru) Edozie
Framing an Execution - The Media & Mumia Abu-Jamal - The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania's death row in connection with the death of a police officer, had become by the late 1990s a global symbol of inequities in the U.S. judicial system. The mainstream media could no longer ignore it, but how would they cover such a hotly disputed case and the questions of judicial bias that it raises? Narrated By Danny Glover; running time: 66 minutes.
Topic: “Police Brutality & The Media”
Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Rahman and Ron Scott
American Experience: Malcolm X - Make It Plain - This documentary film features interviews with the many famous faces that populated the late leader's life including Maya Angelou, Alex Haley, Ossie Davis, and Malcolm X's own family. Narrated by Alfre Woodard; running time: 136 Minutes.
Topic: “The Most Unyielding Critic of American Racism – His Relevance for 2013”
Speaker: Dr. William (Bill) Strickland
Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin - the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment goes into topics such as: The global African presence; The science of melanin; The truth about the prison industrial complex; How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America; The hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more. Directed by Tariq Nasheed; running time: 2 hr. 32 minutes
Topic: "True Black History Refutes White Supremacy"
Speakers: Professor James Small and Blanks Branick