Detroit Film Theatre offers free online streaming of documentaries on race

June 06, 2020, 8:23 AM

Toni Morrison. (Photo: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am)

The Detroit Film Theatre is offering a series of free documentary screenings to reflect on the state of race in America amid tensions sparlked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The online screenings, available for 24 hours for the next three Sundays, will feature critically acclaimed films "I Am Not Your Negro" (June 7), "Whose Streets?" (June 14), and "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" (June 21)

The first film, released in 2016, explores the life and legacy of civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers. Samuel L. Jackson narrates James Baldwins’ experiences with the activists.

“Whose Streets?”, released in 2017, serves as a parallel to the protests sparked across the nation today. The film documents the Ferguson uprisings in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown by police in Missouri. The film places a special focus on activists, both on the front lines of protests and behind-the-scenes in their homes.

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” details the life story of the late Nobel-Prize winning novelist. The documentary gives insight into the revolutionary themes in Morrison’s work, including topics like black feminism and racial identity. It features former president Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Angela Davis.

Virtual screenings of each will be available every Sunday for 24 hours window here, accompanied by virtual discussions.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and O Cinema and Magnolia Pictures are making the films available in seven cities in addition to Detroit.

Ruchita Coomar

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