On August 20, 1619 continental North America’s first African captives arrived as slaves at the Jamestown colony, Virginia. The 400TH Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema/TV Commemoration remembers enslavement and resistance to slavery through movies and TV shows. Screenings of scenes and of some complete productions are introduced and followed by Q&As by film historians, activists, filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, etc. The screenings include:
- 2017’s JAMESTOWN—12 p.m.
- 1977’s mini-series ROOTSintroduced by co-star Tina Andrews—12:45 p.m.
- 2000 mini-series SALLY HEMINGS: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL introduced by actress/producer/screenwriter Tina Andrews and Evelia Jones, great-granddaughter (many times removed) of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings—2 p.m.
- Nate Parker’s 2016 THE BIRTH OF A NATION about America’s bloodiest slave uprising—3:15 p.m.
- Thomas Edison’s 1903 UNCLE TOM’S CABIN—5:45 p.m.
- 1955’s SEVEN ANGRY MEN about abolitionist John Brown—7 p.m.
- 1979 TV movie FREEDOM ROAD starring Muhammad Ali as a Reconstruction era ex-slave elected to the legislature who fights the Klan. Actor/Journalist Erik Washington, who portrayed Ali’s son Marcus Jackson, will introduce the film based on the novel by blacklisted ex-Red Howard Fast, who also wrote the novel for the movie that broke the Hollywood Blacklist, 1960’s Spartacus, screenplay by the Hollywood Ten’s Dalton Trumbo. Freedom Road was Czech director Ján Kadár’s (1965’s The Shop on Main Street) final film.—8 p.m.
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The 400th Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema/TV Commemoration remembers enslavement and resistance to slavery through movies and TV shows.
Keynote speakers at the event are:
- Professor Melina Abdullah is Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, L.A. who serves on the leadership team for #BlackLivesMatter and is committed to ending state-sponsored and police violence towards all people, and especially Black people.—7 p.m.
- Sharon Kyle is co-founder and co-publisher of the LA Progressive and Hollywood Progressive and is a former Guild Law School president.—12:20 p.m.
WHAT: 400TH Anniversary Anti-Slavery Cinema/TV Commemoration.
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25.
Where: The L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, L.A., CA 90019. Potluck. Donations requested.
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