Black History Month

Crime After Crime

Sunday  12:00 pm Theatre 2

58 min.          2011

Director: Yoav Potash

Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Two rookie attorneys step forward to take her case and through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer. Filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded with exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, allowing his film to tell an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice.

Numerous awards including Audience Choice – San Francisco International Film Festival, Audience Award – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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All Me: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert

Saturday 1:15 pm Theatre 3

78 min.         2012

Director: Vivian Ducat

With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints or working on a chain gang are especially powerful because he lived every moment and experienced so much injustice and bigotry. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among art collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. This music-filled film is a glowing portrait of how an artist is made. Cine Golden Eagle Award

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United States of Africa

Saturday 4:30 pm Theatre 2

75 min.         2011

Director: Yanick Letourneau

African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi is on a quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream, a united and independent Africa. In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip-hop activist artists, including Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 of Dead Prez (United States) and ZuluBoy (South Africa). Featuring a score by Ghislain Poirier as well as Awadi’s own songs, United States of Africa draws the viewer into one artist’s profound meditation on the power of music and the impact of political engagement, both individual and collective.

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See also:

Sing Your Song 

 Sunday 3:00 pm Theatre 5
 

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