On Sat., Oct 3, 2015, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series kicks-off its festival season with A Day of Activism and Inspiration showcasing a series of films in honor of the civil rights and #blacklivesmatter movements.
Reel Sisters and community partners Harlem World Magazine and The Caribbean Film Academy are co-presenting the screenings to celebrate Harlem Advocacy Week. Families and students are encouraged to spend an afternoon enjoying the films and meeting the directors.
Several notable films being screened include Millie & The Lords, a film that pays homage to the Young Lord Party (YLP) through a young woman’s journey of self-discovery; Gentle Giant, a portrait on Andre Rodgers, the first Bahamian baseball play to enter major league baseball; and The Price of Memory, a documentary on the historic effort by a group of Rastafarian leaders who petitioned Queen Elizabeth II for reparations. Special guest Felipe Luciano, co-founder of the YLP, will join Millie & The Lords director Jennica Carmona for a discussion on her film.
Dontre Conley, Harlem World Magazine editor, will host a talk on The Price of Memory. The screenings will be held from 1:30 pm-9:00 pm at Raw Space, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (bet. 121 & 122 Street). Please save the dates for our Brooklyn wrap up on Oct. 24-25 at LIU in Brooklyn!
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Enclosed is a short list of films, please visit Reel Sisters website for complete schedule.
FOR SCHEDULE & TICKETS:
A Day of Activism & Inspiration
SATURDAY, OCT.3, 2015, 1:30 pm-9 pm
SECTION TICKETS: $10. ONE-DAY PASS: $20.
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ATTACHED PHOTOS: Price of Memory, Millie & The Lords and Earth, Water, Woman (Akilah Jaramogi). Photo: Courtesy: Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors
Gentle Giant – INVITED FILM – FESTIVAL CUT
Director: Gina Rodgers-Sealy
Born in 1934, André Rodgers grew up in a Bahamas, which was then a British colony. He played cricket and had never even seen a baseball game before trying out for the San Francisco Giants minor league farm system in Melbourne, Florida in 1954. Rodgers’ minor league career soared and he became a minor league superstar. Three years later he became the first Bahamian and the second Caribbean man, to play major league baseball.
MILLIE & THE LORDS
Director: Jennica Carmona
Producers: Jennica Carmona, Jessica Carmona and Joel Arandia
Millie and the Lords is a film that was inspired by the struggle of Puerto Rican civil rights activists known as the Young Lords Party. The film combines the past and the present, capturing the ideals and the principles of the YLP and applying them to our generation.
THE PRICE OF MEMORY
Producer/Director: Karen Marks Mafundika
It’s 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations is linked to a desire to move back to Africa, the homeland of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen.