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Histories & Legends: Exploring Black History through Art & Motion

  • Plaza Theatre, Downstairs 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30306 United States (map)

In celebration of Black History Month, join us for a diverse selection of short films showcasing the Black American experience followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Proceeds will benefit the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

$10 in advance/$12 at the door
ATLFS Members Get Free Admission


The Red Cape

Directed by Nelson Oliver, 38 minutes

Wilmington, North Carolina, 1898: A young black child named Willie and his tenacious father, Monroe, struggle to survive the mounting white supremacy campaign led by silver-tongued orator Alfred Waddell. Waddell seeks to disenfranchise the prosperous black community and overthrow the city's biracial leadership. “The Red Cape” is the first narrative exploration of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Coup. This event remains the only proven violent overthrow of a government in United States history.

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The Street Artist Bringing Civil Rights Icons To Life

Produced by Great Big Story, 2 minutes

Fabian Williams, aka, “Occasional Superstar,” is an artist bringing hope to the streets of Atlanta. Through his murals, he addresses the perceptions and tensions that arise when thinking about race in America. Mixing politics with humor, his art brings activists and civil rights leaders to heroic heights, with figures like Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., and Colin Kaepernick portrayed at giant, mystical scales. Painting civil rights icons alongside contemporary activists, Williams hopes his art will reach and inspire our next generation of leaders.

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The Forever Tree

Directed by Alrick Brown, produced by A Simple World and Many Women, 19 minutes

In 1919, a young antiquarian must choose what to do after a late night caller presents an ancient necklace tied to a fountain of youth.

Later Event: February 6
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