African American Film Series

2022 Schedule for the 17th Annual African American Film Series:

 

Respect

Wednesday, February 3 | Union Cinema
6pm 

Respect tells the story of the first two decades of Aretha Franklin’s life, from a young child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom. This remarkable true story follows the music icon’s journey to find her voice and become the Queen of Soul. 

Followed by a post-film discussion with Dr. Gillian Rodger.
For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact: sociocul@uwm.edu.  

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema 

 

When Claude Got Shot

4 & 5 Feb | Film Screening 
6pm & 5pm | Union Cinema

When Claude Got Shot follows three strangers – brought together by gun violence – to humanize, explore, and disrupt the narrative about so-called “Black-on-Black” crime in America. Part personal journey, part legal drama, the film illuminates systemic, societal issues relevant to the entire country from a deeply intimate, complex, and candid perspective.  

Join us after the film on February 4th for a conversation with Claude Motley, Brad Lichtenstein, Santana Coleman, and Debra Gillispie.
For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact: sociocul@uwm.edu 

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema 

 

Bush Mama

4 & 5 Feb | Film Screening
9pm & 7pm | Union Cinema
Bush Mama is an unrelenting and powerfully moving look at the realities of inner-city poverty and systemic disenfranchisement of African Americans. The film follows Dorothy as she undergoes an ideological transformation from passive acceptance to being an agent of change.  Ultimately uplifting, the film chronicles Dorothy’s awakening political consciousness and her assumption of her own self-worth. 

Followed by a post-film discussion on February 5th with Portia Cobb
For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact: sociocul@uwm.edu 

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema 

 

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 

 

African American Film Series: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America Partnership with Black Lens 

17 Feb Film Screening

6:30pm | Oriental Theatre

Who We Are interweaves lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations to develop a timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.  

Email sociocul@uwm.edu to receive a free ticket
Black Lens spotlights the incredible work of African American filmmakers that explore stories and topics that are rooted in the Black community but are relevant to a variety of audiences. Free tickets will be available for students to attend the February 17th screening.  

Tickets can be picked up at the Student Involvement front desk during business hours starting on February 1st. Students must provide their own transportation to the Oriental Theatre. Stay tuned on Sociocultural Programming’s webpage for the exact film.

For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact: sociocul@uwm.edu.  

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and Black Lens. 

 

King Richard

 

African American Film Series:  King Richard
23 Feb | Film Screening
6pm | Union Cinema
Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, Calif., Richard shapes the girls’ unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them. 

Followed by a post-film discussion.

For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact: sociocul@uwm.edu 

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.