Black History Month Film Festival (5th – 7th February 2015): Remembering the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora

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The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organizing a three day film event—‘Black History Film Festival’—from 5th – 7th February at the American Center Auditorium, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110001. The festival will be screening six films docu-fiction that highlights the issues of civil rights, African American citizens and their fight for justice..

Please find below the Press Release and Schedule of the festival.


New Delhi,  February 2015: American Centre, Motion Picture distribution association, India in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organizing a 3 day Black History Month Film Festival on the 5th, 6th and 7th February at the American Center, New Delhi. The festival will show six films docu-fiction that highlights the issues of civil rights, African American citizens and their fight for justice. 

Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey based on a novel will begin the festival. The film is set after the American Civil war and centers on a former slave and her experiences. The second day of the festival will show films like The Rosa Parks Story by Julie Dash which shares experiences of the life of Rosa Park and her actions in civil rights followed by Talk to Me is a biographical film about a radio personality Petey Greene who was also a community activist in the 1960s. The festival comes to an end with three contemporary films- 42 is a biographical sports film about baseball player Jackie Robinson who became the first African-American Player, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom again is a biographical film on South African President. The closing film of the festival is the historical drama and a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven McQueen, 12 Years of Slave.

The theme of the festival brings forth the observance of Black History month which is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans. Black History month owes its origins to Carter G. Woodsen who started the celebration of Negro History week in February since it coincided with birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (Social reformer). The festival will discuss such details; highlight the history, contemporary issues through sessions organized before the film screening by American Officials. Quiz on civil rights and black history month will be organized based on the films screened for the audience to win exciting prizes sponsored by the American Centre. 

Come and explore the dramas, docu fictions and take away the knowledge about the black history month by attending the interactive sessions and win exciting prizes. The entry to the festival is free and open for general public. Please carry an original valid photo ID to enter the American Center. 

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Festival Schedule

February 5, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Beloved, Directed by Jonathan Demme, 1998, (172 Min)

Beloved, Directed by Jonathan Demme, based on a book by Toni Morrison

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter. 

February 6, 2015

4:00 p.m.

The Rosa Parks Story, Directed by Julie Dash, 2002, 97 Min

The Rosa Parks Story, Directed by Julie Dash

The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. 

6:00 p.m. 

Talk To Me, Directed by Kasi Lemmons, 2007, 118 Min

Talk To Me, Directed by Kasi Lemmons, starring Don Cheadle

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

February 7, 2015

12:30 p.m.

42, Directed by Brian Helgeland, 2013, 128 Min 

42, Directed by Brian Helgeland

The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. 

3:30 pm.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Directed by Justin Chadwick,  2013, 114 Min

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Directed by Justin Chadwick

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. 

6:00 p.m.

12 Years a Slave, Directed by Steve McQueen, 2013, 134 Min

12 Years a Slave, Directed by Steve McQueen

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  

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