An 11-day film festival in Washington, D.C., which endeavors to bring a heightened awareness of the most compelling civil rights narratives, is now underway.
The March on Washington Film Festival “strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories,” according to its website.
The festival, which began July 13, will run until July 23 and features an assortment of events, short films, documentaries and special performances that highlight the immense contributions and heroism of Civil Rights Movement figures. Lectures, films and panel discussions on the list include, “The Amazing Nina Simone,” “Civil Rights and The Gridiron: Social Activism and Pro Football,” “Remembering Maya,” “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” “Black Music and Civil Rights” and “Redemption: The 1974 Howard University Soccer Team.”
Furthermore, the event will look into the Civil Right Movement’s impact and its relatedness to racial justice issues around the world, including the European countries of France and England, and will feature two flicks: “Steps to Liberty” (short film – France) and “The Hard Stop” (documentary – U.K.).
The moderator for the event is author and award-winning journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams. Also present will be two well-known figures, Rokhaya Diallo and DeRay Mckesson, who will serve as panelists. Diallo is a French filmmaker, journalist and social activist. Mckesson is a Baltimore-based social activist who has been exceptionally outspoken and active in the wake of recent occurrences involving police violence against Black males.
For a full list of events and to acquire tickets for the festival visit here.