Sankofa REEL2REAL Film Festival
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WITF’s Toward Racial Justice series in partnership with Sankofa African American Theatre Company is proud to present the 2020 Sankofa REEL2REAL Virtual Film Festival. This year’s theme is “In the Eye of the Beholder: Then & Now”. Join us as we screen and discuss groundbreaking public television documentaries.
Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America
Tuesday, December 15 | 7pm – Virtual Film Screening & Live Discussion with Author/Historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin
A ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy-winning director Ric Burns, the film examines the history of African Americans
on the road from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s and beyond. The film explores deeply embedded dynamics of race, space and mobility in America – focusing in particular on the historical background, unfolding reality, and contemporary relevance of the experience of African Americans navigating the nation’s highways during the last four decades of Jim Crow – one of the most crucial, turbulent and transformative periods in American racial, cultural, social and political history. With urgent and powerful reverberations in American society today, this riveting history – at once revelatory, deeply troubling, and inspiring for what it reveals about human courage, creativity, and commitment to change – provides a crucial window on issues of class, gender, law enforcement, discrimination, automobile culture and national identity.
- Dr. Gretchen Sorin-Author/Historian
Distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York.
The views and opinions expressed in this online screening are those of the presenters and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ITVS, public broadcasting, or any entities hosting the screening.