Film Series, Imaging Ourselves

RTC/RTA Film Series: Imaging Ourselves 

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

February 7, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Little Theatre
240 East Avenue

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown looks into the life and political times of one of music’s towering figures and historic cultural phenomena. The film provides insider views of a time of great change in America that highlights politics, Black cultural influence in the U.S. and abroad, and a 50-year period that incorporates the Civil Rights Era. Interviews with band members, contemporaries, and extraordinary historical footage result in a rare archival film. It was directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney and co-produced by Mick Jagger. This documentary provides a context for understanding the American experience that can come from reconnecting the past with the present. The film will be followed by a commentary and participant discussion.

Registration

Teachers should register on TrueNorth Logic. Please invite and register parents and community members by calling the RTC at 262-8080 or sending an email to ymontalvo@rochesterteachers.com.

 

Kwanzaa: Diasporan Worldview

December 12, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Little Theatre
240 East Avenue

The Black Candle

Cultural Knowledge is one of the constructs discussed in Teaching Children of Color, Seven Constructs of Effective Teaching in Urban Schools. Teachers will engage with this construct through a film showing of The Black Candle.

The Black Candle is a landmark, vibrant documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and recognize the African-American experience. Narrated by world-renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle is an extraordinary, inspirational story about the struggle and triumph of the African-American family, community, and culture. Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, The Black Candle is a timely presentation on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today. The first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants. The film will be followed by a commentary and participant discussion.

Registration

Teachers should register on TrueNorth Logic. Please invite and register parents and community members by calling the RTC at 262-8080 or sending an email to ymontalvo@rochesterteachers.com.

 

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