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Film Series

Strange Victories: Black Soldiers and World War II

 
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Film Series
 
Nov 10—Nov 16, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The black Americans who served in World War II waged a twin battle, against a foreign enemy on the frontlines and at home against racism. To mark the release of Dee Rees’ extraordinary new epic Mudbound, which grapples in part with this wrenching dilemma, BAMcinématek presents a cross section of films that illuminate the unique experiences of black soldiers. Essential correctives to decades of Hollywood whitewashing, these groundbreaking classics, urgent documentaries, and revisionist action spectacles shine much-needed light on a long overlooked chapter in American history.


 
PAST EVENTS
Miracle St Anna
Film
Miracle at St. Anna
 

Spike Lee’s ambitious epic chronicles the experience of four black soldiers in World War II.

Fri, Nov 10, 2017
 
 
Negro soldier
Film
The Negro Soldier + Wings For This Man
 

This landmark documentary is an essential—and troubling—historical record.

Sat, Nov 11, 2017
 
 
A Soldier's Story
Film
A Soldier's Story
 

This Best Picture nominee is a tense murder mystery featuring a young Denzel Washington.

Sun, Nov 12, 2017
 
 
Red Tails
Film
Red Tails
 

An exciting, adrenaline-rush account of the Air Force’s first black heroes.

Sun, Nov 12, 2017
 
 
Strange victory
Film
Strange Victory + Illusions
 

A potent, tragically relevant look at racism in postwar America.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017
 
 
Carmen Jones
Film
Carmen Jones
 

The electrifying Dorothy Dandridge stars in this update of the Bizet’s classic opera.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017
 
 
Home Brave 1949
Film
Home of the Brave
 

A pioneering, still-potent drama about the effects of racism on a black soldier.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017
 
 
The Black Press
Film
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
 

An illuminating look at the rich, unsung history of black journalism.

Thu, Nov 16, 2017
 
 
Valley Of Peace
Film
Valley of Peace
 

This newly restored lost classic is a watershed depiction of black heroism.

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
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