Monday, August 24, 2020
The 2020 American Black Film Festival is under way. If you have not participated yet, you have time to see several features over the remaining days of the festival. The festival runs through Sunday and addresses many human and civil rights.
The festival includes short and feature films and discussions by directors, writers,and other diverse story tellers. One of the many interesting films is Son of the South, produced by Spike Lee. Here is a summary:
Directed by Barry Alexander Brown the film is set in the summer of 1961, Son of the South tells the true story of Bob Zellner, grandson of an Alabama Klansman, who went against his family as the civil rights movement began to heat up in the deep South. Living in Montgomery, he witnessed first-hand the heroism of John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks who said to him when he was wavering, “Something bad is going to happen right in front of you someday and you’re going to have to choose which side you’re on – not choosing is a choice.” This is an honest and inspiring account of what it takes to do the right thing.
A discussion with Barry Alexander Brown will follow the screening.