Black History Month Film Festival in Delhi
New Delhi, February 2015: American Centre, Motion Picture distribution association, India in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organizing a 3 day Black History Month Film Festival on the 5th, 6th and 7th February at the American Center, New Delhi. The festival will show six films docu-fiction that highlights the issues of civil rights, African American citizens and their fight for justice.
Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey based on a novel will begin the festival. The film is set after the American Civil war and centers on a former slave and her experiences. The second day of the festival will show films like The Rosa Parks Story by Julie Dash which shares experiences of the life of Rosa Park and her actions in civil rights followed by Talk to Me is a biographical film about a radio personality Petey Greene who was also a community activist in the 1960s. The festival comes to an end with three contemporary films- 42 is a biographical sports film about baseball player Jackie Robinson who became the first African- American Player, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , again a biographical film on South African President. The closing film of the festival is the historical drama and a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Mc Queen 12 years of Slave.
The theme of the festival brings forth the observance of Black History month which is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans. Black History month owes its origins to Carter G. Woodsen who started the celebration of Negro History week in February since it coincided with birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (Social reformer). The festival will discuss such details; highlight the history, contemporary issues through sessions organized before the film screening by American Officials. Quiz on civil rights and black history month will be organized based on the films screened for the audience to win exciting prizes sponsored by the American Centre in New Delhi.
The Schedule of Black History Month Black Festival:
At 6:00 pm – Beloved by Jonathan Demme (172 Min), 1998: Based on the book by Toni Morrison in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.
At 4:00 pm – The Rosa Parks Story by Julie Dash (97 min), 2002: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
At 6:00 pm – Talk To Me by Kasi Lemmons (118 min), 2007: The story of Washington D.C. Radio personality Ralph “Petey” Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
At 12:30 pm – 42 by Brian Helgeland (128 min), 2013: The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
At 3:30 pm – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom by Justin Chadwick, (114 min), 2013: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village to the day of his being the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
At 6:00 pm – 12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen (134 min), 2013: It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender. In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.