Erik Killmonger, tragic villain or hero gone rogue? Black Panther, lost revolutionary or hero? “Black Panther” speaks to our global African reality and fantasies of possibility: Wakanda. The diversity and beauty of our culture are glamorized in this fiction, stimulating reconnecting our ancestral memory to ancient preeminent African empires that influenced the world over. This film evokes revolutionary social and political discourse regarding solving the global problem of racist tyranny and the repairing of Africans from enslavement and colonization.
What happened when an independent filmmaker Sam Greenlee, created a film about a Black man, Dan Freeman, infiltrating the CIA? Actors were blackballed and movie theater screenings were repressed by the United States FBI. “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” is progressive, revolutionary and one the best classic Black films ever made, yet you’ve probably never seen it.
Watch “Black Panther” and “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” on the big screen in high definition and let us unpack the boldness and brilliance of these stories. Let’s discuss characters Erik Killmonger, T’Challa and Dan Freeman visions for a better Black world. When we watch these classic Black movies, let us examine the characters strengths, weaknesses, errors and aims. Who do you most identify with and why? What can we learn from these two prolific storylines that have captivated Black audiences around the world?
The Shrine Cultural and Event Center,
5309 Martin Luther King Blvd, Houston, TX 77021
Interview with writer and director Sam Greenlee of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door”.
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