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Screen: Special Showings

As an Act of Protest

When: Sat., July 15, 7-11 p.m. 2017

Cairo Medina, the protagonist of Dennis Leroy Kangalee's 2002 film As an Act of Protest, is on the verge of giving up his acting career to take up violent revolution. Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets tells him, "If you, as an artist, believe in your craft ... you can become more important to this world, this life, than any man or revolutionary. People's minds are more open and receptive to us than anyone else, but we must not betray that trust." The scene speaks to the importance of preserving the independent, genre-busting protest film in which it appears, which explores one man's quest to fight racism and police brutality—issues that, sadly, are just as relevant fifteen years later. This Raleigh Film Underground event at Kings puts a screening of the film at the center of a Q and A with Kangalee, a performance, and an exhibit of new artwork. All the proceeds go toward creating a restored version of the film, which has resolution and sound issues after too many transfers (the master tapes have been lost for years), in an effort led by Christopher Everett, the acclaimed director of Wilmington on Fire. —Hannah Pitstick

Price: $10

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