Black History Month at the BFC/A

This month, the BFC/A will mark and celebrate Black History Month with a series of documentary screenings co-sponsored by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, and the Black Law Students Association.  The documentaries–all from the collections of California Newsreel–narrate several black labor struggles and the foundations of modern black journalism.

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, subject of At the River I Stand

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, subject of At the River I Stand.

These will be screened each Wednesday in February at 7PM at the BFC/A in Wells Library, Room 044B.   They are:

*A full schedule of events, including assorted accolades and praises, is available here.  The links above are for the trailers for each documentary.

The choice to feature four films from California Newsreel is a tribute to the non-profit social documentary film center, founded in 1968, which has helped to produce and distribute a wide range of social justice documentaries with a particular focus on the African American experience (see Race: The Power of Illusion, Strange Fruit, Freedom on My Mind, etc).

Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords,
visiting IU in 2011.

In addition to these onsite events at Indiana University, BFC/A will collaborate with several other organizations to host additional local screenings in Bloomington:

  • Ivy Tech Community College will screen Struggles in Steel on February 6th at the Hoosier-Times Student Commons at 12:30PM.
  • The Delta Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will screen This is the Life–Ava DuVernay’s 2008 documentary on LA’s Good Life scene (see the trailer below)–at Monroe County Public Library on Sunday, February 10, at 3PM.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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