This year's Black History Month Film Series will run from Feb 23rd - Feb 25th in the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center on the 3rd floor of Hale Library. These showings are free of charge, and anyone is welcome to attend. The showtimes are:
Feb 23 (Tuesday)
11:30 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (108mins)
1:30 To Kill a Mocking Bird (129mins)
4:00 Akeelah and the Bee (112mins)
Feb 24 (Wednesday)
11:30 Akeelah and the Bee (112mins)
1:30 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (108mins)
4:00 To Kill a Mocking Bird (129mins)
Feb 25 (Thursday)
11:30 To Kill a Mocking Bird (129mins)
2:00 Akeelah and the Bee (112mins)4:00 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (108mins)
The three films selected for this year's Black History Month Film Series offer us a look at race issues in three eras of American history, and give us perspectives on how far our society has progressed. The characters in the three movies all have very different wants, they have very different backgrounds, and they face different obstacles. The three movies tackle these issues in their own unique ways, and engage us with entertaining approaches.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a faithful adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The story takes place in Alabama in the 30's about a lawyer who accepts a case to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is set in liberal San Francisco in the 60's. A interracial couple seeks their parents' approval to get married, this Stanley Kramer film has some serious star power with Spencer Tracey, Katherine Hepburn, and Sydney Poitier.
Akeelah and the Bee is an uplifting film about an 11 year old African American girl from a poor family who wants to compete in the National Spelling Bee. It's an interesting portrayal of class and racial divide in our world today.