Richard Waring and Eva Patalas lead a facilitated discussion of the month's film. Please watch the film on your own and join us for the discussion! We will discuss what we learn about the experience of BIPOC people in America and beyond, and share our reactions to what we learn.
This is not an expert-run group, but a facilitated group of movie-watchers interested in educating themselves about the Black experience. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For the Zoom link, contact Eva Patelas.
The schedule of films, including the streaming services where you can watch them, is as follows:
January 21: Harriet (2019). A biopic that tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and her transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Director: Kasi Lemmons. IMDB rating: 6.7. Apple TV, Amazon, HBO Max.
February 18: Indian Horse (2017). A film that follows the life of Native Canadian Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. Based on a book by Richard Wagamese (Ojibwe). IMDB rating 7.3. Netflix.
March 18: The Color Purple (1985). Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America's rural south. Director: Steven Spielberg. IMDB rating 7.7. Apple TV, HBO Max. Complement with NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast Revisiting "The Color Purple Wars."
April 15: Uncle Tom (2020). A documentary that gives an oral history of the American Black conservative. Director: Justin Malone. IMDB rating 8.3. Amazon.
May 20: The Woman King (2022). A historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood. Still in theaters. Amazon.
June 17: Till (2022). In 1955, after Emmett Till is murdered in a brutal lynching, his mother vows to expose the racism behind the attack while working to have those involved brought to justice. Director: Chinonye Chukwu. IMDB rating 7.2. Still in theaters. Amazon.