Black History Month: Through A Lens Darkly

February 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: Monday Night Classics
Admission: $12, Members $8.75

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Tropic Cinema’s Black History Month series, curated by Lori Reid, concludes with Thomas Allen Harris’s documentary “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.”

The film explores the role of photography, since its rudimentary beginnings in the 1840s, in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present. Using a dramatic visual narrative that flows through the past 160 years, “Through a Lens Darkly” reveals black photography as an instrument for social change, an African American point-of-view on American history, and a unique aesthetic vision with a rich history.

“This ambitious and heartbreaking documentary tackles no less mammoth a subject than the African-American identity as it exists in photographic imagery.” —Chicago Reader

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Find curator Lori Reid’s recommended Black History Month reading list at Books & Books Key West:

  • Looking for Lorraine – by Imani Perry – the biography of Lorraine Hansbury, playwright of A Raisn in the Sun

  • Friday Black – by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – a collection of short stories addressing racism and other topics with a distinct urban edge

  • One Person, No Vote – by Carol Anderson – a look at voter suppression in America that continues to impact African-Americans and other minority voters

  • No One is Coming to Save Us – by Stephanie Watts Powell – a reboot of The Great Gatsby as told through the fortunes and misfortunes of an African American family in North Carolina

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