Muhammad Ali Center Announces New Black Film Festival
In celebration of African American History Month, the Muhammad Ali Center is proud to announce a new program series: the Black Film Festival. This series will consist of five film screenings, each followed by discussions with a prominent community leader chosen to highlight the commentary on specific social justice issues and cultural significance. Doors to the Center’s auditorium open 30 minutes prior to the start of each film. While the films are free, reservations are required.
The Muhammad Ali Center will also partner with KET for a free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Wednesday, February 10th. Doors to the Center’s auditorium open at 5:30 p.m. A discussion will follow. While admission to the film is free, reservations are required.
Monday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. – Sankofa
While visiting an old fortress from the slave-trade era in Ghana, Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) encounters a colorful local character, an elderly mystic going by the name of Sankofa. Mona is a black American model visiting the country for a photo-session. The old man claims to be in contact with spirits, and she is intrigued by this. When she goes to visit him, she suddenly finds herself back in the old slavery days, a slave herself who is captured and shipped to a sugar plantation in the American south. There, she has various relationships and adventures in the build-up to participating in a slave revolt. Just as that is getting fully underway, she finds herself back in the present, deeply affected by what has gone before.
Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 p.m. – The Wiz
When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).
Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. – Do the Right Thing
Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
Monday, February 29th at 6:00 p.m. – Shaft
John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy (Moses Gunn), the leader of the black crime mob, then against black nationals, and finally working with both against the white mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.
About the Muhammad Ali Center The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience.
For more information or to make reservations call 502- 992-5340 or visit alicenter.org