BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES
Kimball Theatre is honored to have Director Jeff Lieberman introduce his documentary The Amazing Nina Simone on January 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. with Q&A afterwards. Mr. Lieberman is an award-winning journalist, producer, documentary filmmaker and the
founder of RE-EMERGING films.
The Amazing Nina Simone – January 29 — February 7. The story of America’s most overlooked musical genius – much beloved and often misunderstood – is finally brought to light. Witness Nina’s journey from the segregated American South through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints, and international concert halls. Navigating through the 1960s fight for racial equality, the film delves into Nina’s artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions about her most beloved songs, her bold style, her controversial statements, and the reason she left America. Hear the story of the singer, songwriter, pianist, and activist through interviews with friends, family, musicians, and fellow activists. Documentary/110 min.
Let Freedom Ring Ceremony at First Baptist Church – February 1. Kimball Theatre will run a live video feed of the ceremonial kick-off held at First Baptist Church on Scotland St. An uplifting ceremony hosted by Reverend Reginald Davis, national dignitaries, religious, civic, and educational leaders culminating with the ringing of the First Baptist Church bell. Free to the public.
Selma – February 1 & February 5. A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. PG-13/128 min/2014. Tickets $4 per person.
4 Little Girls – February 5 A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African-American church during the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Spike Lee. NR/102 min/1997. Tickets $4 per person.
12 Years a Slave – February 12 In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. R/134 min/2013. Tickets $4 per person.
Amistad – February 12 In 1839, a mutiny takes place aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. Starring Morgan Freeman. R/152 min/1997. Tickets $4 per person.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – February 15. As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect his life, his family, and American society. Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. PG-13/132 min/2013. Tickets $4 per person.
Rosenwald – February 22 —March 3. The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with AfricanAmerican communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. He awarded fellowship grants to a who’s who of African-American intellectuals of his day so they could pursue their scholarship and art, including Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, the father and uncle of civil rights leader Julian Bond, Ralph Bunche, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence, and Augusta Savage. NR/100 min.
Say Amen, Somebody – February 28. Documentary about the American gospel music scene focusing on two of the movement’s pioneers, Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie May Ford Smith. G/100 min/1982. Tickets $4 per person.
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