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Chicago Urban League Presents 2014 Black History Month Film Festival

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Chicago Urban League Presents 2014 Black History Month Film Festival

WHO: Chicago Urban League

WHAT: Community Film Screenings and Discussions

WHERE: Chicago Urban League
4510 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60653

WHY: Established in 2012, the Chicago Urban League’s Black History Month Film Festival is presented annually as a forum to engage the community in honoring the achievements of African Americans, examining current community challenges and exploring strategic solutions that can lead to an empowered future.

In February 2014, the Chicago Urban League Black History Month Film Festival will again present a series of films intended to educate, empower and inspire Chicago’s African American community. The films and conversations that follow the screenings will give audiences an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue on issues including colorism, violence, effects of poverty, black students and the education system, and the challenges of urban youth. Throughout each topic, our remarkable history will be highlighted as a tool for inspiration and positive action.

Films confirmed for the 2014 Black History Month Film Festival include:

<td “=”” valign=”top”>American Promise, the documentary film captures the stories of Brewster and Stephenson’s 5-year-old son Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun as these families navigate their way through the rigorous prep-school process.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:00 PM

The Central Park Five, recounts the 1989 case of five black and Latino teens that were arrested, charged and wrongly convicted of brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. The case and the public and media scrutiny of black and Latino youth that followed and the tragic aftermath is explored in this film.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:00 PM

Dark Girls, a fascinating and controversial documentary film, explores the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. Watch as one African-American woman recounts the moment that her mother both affirmed her beauty and made her self-conscious of her skin tone.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
6:00 PM

Chi-Raq, a short documentary that delivers a decisive blow with an intimate and slightly graphic look at the youth driven violence plaguing the Chicago area.