A four-month Our African American Film Series that begins with Toni Morrison’s acclaimed “The Pieces that I Am” in November and ends with the emotional film “Mr. Church” on Feb. 13 will celebrate the artistry of African Americans in entertainment.
The series, designed to “inspire, inform, empower and entertain” attendees, is hosted by Communities First and supporters Mott Community College, Nartel Family Foundation, NBC25 and Flint Institute of Arts.
“Our African American Film Series is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Glenn Wilson, president and CEO of Communities First. “It brings the community together for a fun experience that inspires constructive and empowering dialogue.”
The film series, which includes a brief discussion of the film’s themes following the show, will take place at Flint Institute of Arts. Doors open at 5:30pm and the films begin at 7:00pm. Seating is limited to the first 300 guests.
Scheduled films include:
Thursday, November 14 – Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. PG-13. Click here to see a preview.
Thursday, December 5 – Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America
At a time when American students from economically deprived schools are often ill-prepared for the global, digital economy, Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America, explores how technology can provide opportunities for learning and can help level the playing field. The one-hour film focuses on digital inequities in public school classrooms, examining the challenges of providing connectivity, technology, and computer learning in public schools (Grades 6-12), as well as the transformative potential of fully equipping all students for the digital world. Film not rated. Click here to see a preview.
Thursday, January 9 – A Ballerina’s Tale
A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world. Film not rated. Click here to see a preview.
Thursday, February 13 – Mr. Church
When a young girl and her dying mother are joined by a black male cook who comes to live with them, little do they know that their lives are about to change forever. Rated PG-13.
Editor’s Note: Organizers welcome a suggested donation of $5 per person at this series, which is open to the public. For more information visit communitiesfirstinc.org