Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Showing at 09:15PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
More Competition Films, Documentaries
Saturday, April 9 at 2:30pm at Regal Winter Park Village
Wednesday, April 13 at 9:15pm at Regal Winter Park Village
USA, 2003, 67 MIN
DIRECTED BY SANDRA DICKSON AND CHURCHILL ROBERTS
This riveting and important documentary from the Documentary Institute, University of Florida, combines rare archival footage and interviews to set the record straight on Robert Williams, a largely forgotten civil rights figure and inspiration of the Black Power movement. Williams became world famous as a result of his eventually successful one-man press campaign in 1958 to free two young boys who were arrested, jailed, and sentenced to reform school for kissing a white girl during spin-the-bottle. His later efforts to help the Freedom Riders when they visited his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, led to trumped-up kidnapping charges and his exile to Cuba and then China. Featuring a score by jazz great Terence Blanchard, this powerful portrait reopens the chapter on Black American civil activism that advocated armed self-defense and challenged absurd Jim Crow laws, and then prompts us to reconsider the limits of dissent.
MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDRENíS MARCH
USA, 2004, 40 MIN
DIRECTED BY BOBBY HOUSTON AND ROBERT HUDSON
On May 2, 1963, thousands of black children and students flooded the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, and bolstered the floundering civil rights efforts of Martin Luther King. 2005 Academy Award WinneróBest Documentary Short.