It’s the hottest day of the summer.
You can do nothing,
you can do something,
or you can…
VIEW THE RIGHT THING
Blafrokan presents, “View The Right Thing” A series of classic, contemporary and independent Africana films from across the African continent and diaspora.
Using cinema to CONNECT our stories, better understand our CULTURE and CONFRONT media falsehoods and truths representing continental and diaspora African people.
We are many tribes, but one people and one culture. When we cannot travel physically across the globe to experience our sisters and brothers in their homelands, media forges a bridge connecting and understanding our multifaceted yet common realities. Africana cinema has the ability to transform our consciousness by elevating our cultural awareness and educating us as we are entertained. We can study, critique and discuss the narratives presenting falsehoods and truths depicted on the silver screen, while exploring the cultural continuity of Black, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean, African/Original peoples. We know that viewing our experiences and our stories, cultivates constructive conversation and strengthens the community. We hope this film series inspires us and our collective culture, to learn from our past and reorient our present, and future.
Movie titles and showtimes are available now – September!
Note: Schedule may be subject to revisions
Saturday – June 15th, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
1:30PM “Get Out” (2017)
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
3:55PM “Imitation of Life” (1959)
An aspiring actress befriends a Black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.
AUGUST aka BLACK AUGUST!
Saturday, August 3, 2019
1:30PM “Birth of a Nation” (2016)
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
3:30PM “Cry Freedom” (1987)
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:30PM “Catch a Fire” (2006)
A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.
3:15PM “Sankofa” (1993)
A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photoshoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony.
September 7, 2019
1:30PM “Stomp the Yard” (2007)
After the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins in his fraternity’s effort to win a step dancing competition.
3:30PM “Higher Learning” (1995)
People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.
September 21, 2019
1:30PM “Coach Carter” (2005)
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
3:45PM “Queen of Katwe” (2016)
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Stay tuned for our next series line up!
We are many tribes but ONE people. We are Black, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, African and Original. We are BLAFROKAN.