27th Annual Black Film Festival

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

27th Annual Black Film Festival

Last date: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 6 p.m. (see all dates)

Join us as we celebrate and explore African American history, culture, and issues of the day:

February 2 
Straight Outta Compton 
The emergence of seminal hip-hop performers, NWA, is chronicled in this powerful bio-pic. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Jerry Heller.  Directed by F. Gary Gray.
147 mins. 2015, R
 
February 9 
Chi-Raq
Spike Lee’s latest joint, set in the violent streets of Chicago, is an adaptation of Lysistrata by Aristophanes. A thought provoking and timely drama, with humor to soften the blow. All-star cast  includes Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.
127 mins. 2015, R
 
February 23 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 
Historically accurate and well-balanced telling of the rise of fall of the Black Panther Party, with many views and opinions, both pro and con. Directed by Stanley Nelson.
115 mins. 2015, NR