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Skipping the Oscars? Blackout for Human Rights Offers Free Black Movie Screenings This Sunday in LA

Skipping the Oscars? Blackout for Human Rights Offers Free Black Movie Screenings This Sunday in LA

Blackout for Human Rights, a collective of artists, entertainers and activists founded by filmmaker Ryan Coogler, is offering its next installment in a series of film screenings intended to “further the dialogue around
the importance of having storytellers of different backgrounds,
to inspire kids in the community to tell their own stories, and to
create a space for us to discuss difficult issues like our nation’s
prison-industrial complex, racial and gender discrimination and police
brutality.” 

In honor of Black History Month, Blackout will offer free outdoor movie screenings of “Fruitvale Station” and “Middle of Nowhere” in Leimert Park in Los Angeles this Sunday, February 22. Doors open at 5:30pm. 

The evening will also feature food, music and community art. The producers of “Fruitvale” will be present for a Q&A after the screening. 

Founded last October, Blackout is well known for taking part in a nationwide retail boycott last holiday season, a staged reading of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” and its series of ongoing protest videos along with events and protests across the country. 

Says member Michael Latt, “The need
for films that offer an authentic portrayal of people whose stories are often overlooked and excluded is monumental right now.
Our nation is deeply divided on issues regarding race and gender. Fruitvale
Station and Middle of Nowhere have the power to spark empathy and initiate meaningful and productive conversations about race and gender in
this country.”

Sunday’s event is free and open to the public. So for those of you miffed about the lack of black film recognition at this year’s Academy Awards, here’s your chance to see black movies celebrated.

More details can be found on Blackout’s website here

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