Monday, January 30, 2017

February DVD Spotlight: Films for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Reeves Memorial Library is highlighting films about the African-American experience all through the month of February.  We've got historical films like the slave revolt legal drama Amistad (1997), and masterful documentaries on the civil rights era such as Eyes on the Prize (1987) and A Time for Justice (1994).  In addition, we're featuring notable films about African-American figures from the fields of music, education, business, and sports, as well as films directed by African-American filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Byron Hurt.

Featured titles include:

Ali (2001)

With a towering, Oscar-nominated lead performance from Will Smith, this biopic captures the intelligence, ferocity, charisma, and larger-than-life persona that made boxer Muhammad Ali "The Greatest."

Hoop Dreams (1994)

This sprawling, documentary look at the lives of two African-American boys from inner city Chicago, as they pursue their shared dream of playing professional basketball, reveals much about the American dream and the lives of America's underprivileged communities.

Malcolm X (1992)

From writer-director Spike Lee comes this dynamic and monumental telling of the life of civil rights leader Malcolm X, featuring a powerful central performance by Denzel Washington.

Satchmo (1989)

A reverent and endearing non-fiction look at the life of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong, featuring never-before-seen home movies and nightclub footage from the 1930s.

Slavery and the Making of America (2005)

This four-part PBS program, narrated by Morgan Freeman, examines the history of slavery in the United States and the role it played in shaping the new country's development.

Check one out today!

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