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NORTH SIDE PREMIERE! Don't miss this one-night-only event!
Woke Up Black, a 2011 documentary by local filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten, is coming to Chicago Filmmakers for one night only - the film's first-ever public screening on the North Side of Chicago! Both the director and some of the youth featured in the film will be present for a post-screening conversation with the audience, and there will be a reception with light refreshments before the film starts.
Admission is FREE - please just register here so we know to expect you!
Saturday, August 18, 2012, 6:30-9 pm
Pre-screening reception: 6:30 pm
Film screening: 7 pm
Post-screening talkback with director and cast members: 8 pm
About the film: Woke Up Black follows a two-year period in the lives of five Chicago-area African American youth. The film provides a glimpse into the stories and perspectives of Ansheera “Ace,” Carter, Morgan, Rosalee, and Sheldon, capturing both their day-to-day lives as well as milestones such as high school graduations and first days at college.
A young woman who's the first in her family to attend college. A high school student who was adopted by two gay men when he was 10. An aspiring engineer from a predominately white suburb. A self-identified genderqueer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity. A community organizer who recently became a dad. The youth featured all have diverse family backgrounds, opinions on social issues, and future goals - and they all have a lot to say. While focusing on the voices and stories of Black youth, the film underscores the humanity that we all share with each other regardless of race or age.
JET Magazine called it "compelling" and Dr. Andrew Grant-Thomas of Ohio State University remarked, "If you care about the human struggle, watch Woke Up Black."
Please note: the theater is located on a second-floor walk up and is not ADA accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Metered street parking available on Clark Street and surrounding side streets.