Alabama State University is hosting Montgomery’s 16th annual Black Film Festival on August 24 and 25. The films are showing at ASU’s Levi Watkins Learning Center on Friday and at the Capri Theatre on Saturday.
So what’s playing at this year’s Black Film Festival?
On Friday, the smattering of films available for visitors include a number of student-made and independent creations; this includes 2017’s Teach Us All. There will also be a pre-film discussion led by ASU that will allow students and visitors to have a dialogue about the movies they’re about to watch.
The films showing in Saturday’s marathon include:
- The Joe Louis Story (1953) – The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis is put under the spotlight. Louis held the title for 12 years – longer than any other boxer in history. He battled opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.
- Black Panther (2018) – T’Challa, heir to the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must lead his people into a new future. In the process, he must also confront a challenger from his country’s past.
- Marshall (2017) – The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
- The Rape of Recy Taylor (2017) – Mrs. Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.
- Ayanda (2015) – After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. Ayanda is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph.
Great value, too!
And here’s something cool: the first 100 guests to visit the Capri Theatre on Saturday will get free popcorn and soda – it’s hard to beat that kind of deal, right? The festival is already free to attend, so if you’re willing to show up early, then it’s all-around free entertainment for you and yours.
We hope to see you at this weekend’s 16th annual Black Film Festival!