Mon, January 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT
In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly The Birth of a Nation, unleashing a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.
Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book by the same title, captures the backdrop to this ongoing struggle between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.
The film was scored by DJ Spooky and John Kusiac and features interviews with Spike Lee (whose NYU student film The Answer was a response to Griffith’s racist film), Reginald Hudlin (who produced the oscar winning Django Unchained and Oscars so White) , Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Dick Lehr, while exploring how Griffith’s film — long taught in film classes as an innovative work of genius — motivated generations of African American filmmakers and artists as they worked to reclaim their history and their onscreen image.
Given the current divisive racial climate, this film provides a timely look back at a forgotten chapter of civil rights history during another racially explosive era, and provides one man’s example of how to fight for positive change.
The film producers invite you to a panel discussion after the screening featuring Dick Lehr, Robert Bellinger, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Vince Brown, and Dolita Cathcar, moderated by Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute at UMASS Boston. Our entire event is free to the public.
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Tuesday January 31, 2017
After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. Executive Produced by Jon Stewart.
Watch Trailer Here!