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Black Cinema Club

Black Cinema Club is a monthly gathering held on the first Sunday of every month for those with an appreciation for film and black culture.

Each month we'll show a film significant to the black experience: culturally, socially, and/or politically. There will be a post-screening discussion that digs into the synopsis, themes, and subject matter of the film.

Think of it as a book club...but with movies.


October's Feature:
"The Birth of a Nation" (1915)
Director: D.W. Griffith

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine in director D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall) is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman (Lillian Gish) petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father (Ralph Lewis) and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch (George Siegmann). (via Google)

The film is an adaptation of the book "The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan" which was the second work in a Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. The film is being shown as a precursor to the theatrical release of Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" which tells the story of Nat Turner and his rebellion throughout Southampton County, Virginia in 1831.

Earlier Event: October 1
The clothesline no. 26: HAI Q
Later Event: October 5
House Shout

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