When I Rise Screening

February 25, 2021
10:00am Central Time
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Austin PBS and Austin's Paramount Theatre present a screening of When I Rise. In this documentary a gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is a testament to finding forgiveness within oneself. Stay tuned after the screening for a live Q&A with the team behind the documentary.

Video Descriptions

When I Rise Welcome Message

The Paramount Theatre, Austin - Virtual Tour - Teaser

WHEN I RISE 1080p with Captions

105 minutes



  • Brian Fahey

    Director of Education, Paramount & Stateside Theatres

  • Gale Valley

    Education Department Manager, Paramount & Stateside Theatres

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