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SFF 2010: Screening Civil Rights

Friday, February 26, 2010

5 p.m. Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed?

Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed? is a 1968 documentary narrated by Bill Cosby about the contributions of blacks to American society and culture and details the media’s role in minimizing their talents.

7 p.m. Long Walk Home

“Long Walk Home,” a 1990 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek, is the story of a maid and her employer during the Montgomery bus boycott in 1950s Alabama.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

10 a.m. Black Like Me

“Black Like Me” is a 1964 film based on the true account of a white journalist who chemically darkened his skin to experience the everyday conditions of blacks living in the South in the 1950s.

1 p.m. 4 Little Girls

The 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls” recounts the bombing of a Baptist church in which four young girls died and explores the impact of their deaths on their Alabama community. The film is directed by Spike Lee.

4 p.m. In The Heat of the Night

“In The Heat of the Night” is a 1967 film about a black detective who must return to his native South to investigate a murder. Sidney Poitier stars in this film.

7 p.m. American Violet

The festival concludes with “American Violet,” a film based on the true story of a young mother who sues a Texas District Attorney for racial discrimination after being falsely accused of a federal crime.