Acclaimed film will be screened

Acclaimed film will be screened
December 05
00:00 2014

Mami Wata Cultural Arts Collective and Delta Arts Center are sponsoring local screenings of “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” at a/perture cinema, 311 West 4th St., from Dec. 5 – 11. Following the Friday, Dec. 5 screening, a discussion, led by Interim Diggs Gallery Director Endia Beal, will be held.

The groundbreaking film by Thomas Allen Harris is based on the book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present” by Deborah Willis, who is a co-producer. It is getting rave reviews. New York Times’ A. O. Scott described the film as “…always absorbing to watch, but only once it’s over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and a half.”

The Village Voice reviewer Ernest Hardy was impressed by Harris’ quest to use “historical photos of black life to provide counter-narratives to prevailing bigoted notions; to mine history to help figure out how we might all break the cycles of inequity, inequality, and suffering.”

For screening times and ticket information, visit or call 336-722-8148.

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