Black History Month Film Screenings

For the final week of Black History Month, Black Lives Matter Pratt has partnered with Pratt Libraries to screen films pertaining to Black culture*. These films will play on repeat on the monitors on the Lower Level in the Multi-Media Services Department. The screening schedule is below:

2.21 – Rosewood

The true story of the 1923 razing of a black town in Florida, many of its people murdered over a lie. But some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.22 – Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Atreasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.23 – Some Place Like Home: the Fight against Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn

The film tells the stories of community residents and small businesses that are displaced to make way for high-end retail and luxury condominiums to the area. It depicts the pulling out of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene’s legacy of being a once-forgotten neighborhood built from the ground up by generations of low-income and working families from all walks of life. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.24 – The Murder of Fred Hampton

Mike Gray started out to make a film about the Black Panther Party, but on Dec. 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided a Panther apartment and his film became a documentary about the murder of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film footage of the raid directly contradicted the State Attorney’s version of the raid and so filmmakers and Panthers came together to prove that Hampton had been the designated target of the violent, punitive raid. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.25 – Dear White People

A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.26 – Out in the Night

In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

2.27 – Every Mother’s Son

Story of three mothers, Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo, and Doris Busch Boskey, fighting for justice for their sons, Anthony Raymond Baez, Amadou Diallo, and Gary (Gidone) Busch. All three men were killed by police. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.

*These and many other films are available to circulate in the library. For more films pertaining to Black history and culture visit the Pratt Library website.