LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FILM SERIES
The Underground Railroad Film Series (URFS) is the neighborhood participation component of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center’s African American Film Festival. The URFS uses the metaphor of the Underground Railroad to illuminate that community can exist over many miles and many backgrounds with one common cause.
Each month from September through February, at various ‘safe houses’ in greater King County, the Underground Railroad Film Series partners with community groups, organizations and traditionally marginalized populations to host a screening of films by or about Black people that intersect across cultures, providing opportunities for community engagement and self-reflection.
This moveable feast of provocative films features post-screening panels that provide context and stimulate thoughtful discussions that connect audiences across the aisles and across neighborhoods.
2008-09 SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
SEPT. 24 HOW DO I LOOK
Documentary – USA 2006; 80min
Director- Wolfgang Bush
A chronicle of the gay Harlem Ball tradition, featuring the gritty and glamorous testimony of African American and Latino gay & transgendered people who excited the runways of Harlem and beyond. Panel Discussion follows
Loc.: Central Cinema 21st @ Union sts.
OCT 15 – TALKING WITH STONES
Documentary – Holland 1995
Films that offer vital material on two key figures in the history of the beautiful Shona sculpture of Zimbabwe, featuring Nicholas Mukomberanwa and Joram Mariga.
Companion to Langston’s October presentation of the world premiere play, “Bobby and Jerome”, set in a stone yard in Harlem. Panel Discussion to follow
NOVEMBER 20 – AKIRA’S HIP HOP SHOP
ELI’S LIQUOR STORE
Narrative – USA 2007
These two films explore relationships between Blacks and Asians. In “Akira’s” love blooms between a Japanese man and a Black woman who share a love of Hip Hop. “Eli’s” is a tale of a Black storeowner in L.A’s Koreatown, who finds simple joys in his neighborhood. Discussion follows
Time: 7PM Location: TBD
Dec. 18 – TROUBLE THE WATER
Documentary – USA 2008 96mins
Dir: Tia Lesson, Carl Deal
Trouble the Water is the award winning film that goes inside Hurricane Katrina through the lens of unlikely heroes, Kim and Scott Roberts. A powerful and moving tale of grace and humanity.
JAN. 14 – HANDS OF GOD
Documentary – Peru 2004 54mins
Director: Delia Ackerman
Afro-Peruvian music is rooted in multiple rhythms coming from Africa. The percussion artist Chocolate composed and played many music styles, taught all over the world and contributed to the creative development of numerous artists including the dance group Peru Negro. Chocolate mixes the traditional and the contemporary, from cajón to Jazz.
Companion to Langston’s June production of “Callejon the Alley”. Discussion to follow
FEB 19- FEBRUARY One
Documentary – USA 2004 61mins
FEBRUARY ONE tells the compelling story of four students from North Carolina A&T University who initiated the 1960 Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins, setting into motion a whirlwind of sit-ins that swept the South and reignited the Civil Rights movement. Discussion to follow