AfriGeneas Discuss! Forum Archive 2
BLACK BELT FILM FESTIVAL ROCKS
In Response To: [Movies & TV] Black Belt Film Festival ()
Valencia, thanks for sharing the link for (Montgomery Advertiser reporter) Gail Williams' article, "Works of culture hit silver screen", and letting us know about the annual Black Film Festival AND its sponsor, the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, at Alabama State University. I hadn't heard of the Center or the film festival before and may even try to attend next year.
According to Ms. Williams' article the festival was held at the Capri Theater in Old Cloverdale.
I need to find some of the films premiered at this festival - "Keep the Faith, Baby" by Geoffrey Garfield, about legendary congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who represented Harlem in Congress before congressman Charles Rangel, and "With All Deliberate Speed," a documentary on Brown v. Board of Education, produced by a brother named Arlam Carr Jr., who is retired from WSFA-TV in Alabama; and also the film from last year, "Standing in the Shadow of Motown," which received an OSCAR nomination.
The other films this year were "The Tenants," produced by Daoube Boone, a student at ASU, and "Bounty Hunters," directed by Daniel Abreu, a foreign exchange student from Brazil.
I really agree with one of the festival's organizers, Joseph Trimble, quoted in the article: "It's not just about the films, but about communicating -- controlling our image and telling our own stories..."
Trimble also notes that Black Americans make up 30 percent of Alabama's population but buy 65 percent of movie tickets in the state. Do many of us realize what those numbers mean?!
By the way... WHY are Black Americans ONLY 30% of Alabama's population??? Think about it. We should be a lot more.
Like a lot of other U.S. states we come from, and based on our central place in American history and our historical numbers in the population, Alabama should have a BLACK MAJORITY.
But the white system terrorized, discriminated, hounded and also imprisoned and 'death-penaltied' so many Black people and families out of the state and out of the population, and took our land and other property to boot.
But we ain't gonna let THAT monkey stop our show. Read the book BLACK MAJORITY, by Prof. Peter Wood from Duke University, about Blacks in South Carolina history.