1992. USA. Dir: Spike Lee. With Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett. 202 min.
The epic adaptation of the activist’s autobiography spans decades, from his birth in Klan-terrorized Omaha to his adopted home of Harlem. Lee masterfully ushers viewers into the most turbulent times of the American twentieth century, celebrating a great leader’s legacy while placing his imperfect humanity in the forefront. Co-programmed with Invisible Men.
Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.
Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.
An opportunity to watch a great film and eat snazzy food from Katy Thompson ’15:
Sign House, WoCoHo, Malcolm X House, Film Hall and multiple Resident Advisors, have come together to put on a film viewing of Compensation. It premiered in 2000 at Sundance and focuses on deaf culture and racial issues.
There will also be Typhoon, so come watch an awesome movie and eat some Thai food.
“Compensation presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.”
Date: Thursday, October 11 Time: 7 pm Place: Exley 150