23rd Annual Black Film Festival

In recognition of Black History Month 2012, the DC Public Library presents its 23rd Annual Black Film Festival Tuesdays at 3 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, in Auditorium A-5. This year, the films highlight the theme for Black History Month, "Black Women in American Culture and History," established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This year's festival highlights films starring the African-American actresses Dorothy Dandridge, Juanita Moore and Ethel Waters. If you are interested in learning more about African-American actresses or African-Americans in cinema, please consult the DC Public Library catalog for additional resources.

poster for the brightroadFebruary 7    Bright Road   
Moving drama starring Dorothy Dandridge as a dedicated school teacher.
Also starring Harry Belafonte.
Directed by Gerald Meyer.
68 mins. ©1953

Malaga PosterFebruary 14    Malaga
Dorothy Dandridge’s final role, as a world weary drifter.
Also starring Trevor Howard.
Directed by Laslo Benedek.
97 mins. ©1960, rated PG

imitation of lifeFebruary 21   Imitation of Life
Tear-jerker based on Fannie Hurst’s novel of an actress (Lana Turner) and her long-suffering maid (Juanita Moore).
Directed by Douglas Sirk.
125 mins. ©1959 PG

Member of the wedding posterFebruary 28    The Member of the Wedding
Coming of age story about a 12-year-old tomboy, played by Julie Harris.
Based on the novel by Carson McCullers and starring Ethel Waters.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann.
93 mins. ©1952 PG

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