When: Sun., Feb. 27, 1 p.m. 2011
In the past several years, there has been an explosion of filmmaking in North Carolina that has centered on themes of political and racial justice. ChathamArts has smartly gathered these films into a single weekend of screenings and panels—Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Matthews High School and today at Fearrington Village Barn.
Saturday's program starts at 1 p.m. with Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, which examines a shocking incident of political violence that occurred in 1979, when neo-Nazis and white supremacists massacred five Communist Party workers at an anti-Klan demonstration. If official North Carolina still shies from teaching this incident to children (aren't Communists bad people? etc.), Adam Zucker's film would be a wise addition to the curriculum. Also on tap: the essential The Trials of Darryl Hunt, a story of a wrongly imprisoned Winston-Salem man, and An Unlikely Friendship, Diane Bloom's portrait of the political alliance between a black Durham activist and a reformed Klansman. Bloom will moderate a panel discussion afterward.
At Fearrington Village's barn this afternoon, John Brown's youth ensemble Jazzforce plays a set before the first of two high-profile films begins at 1:30 p.m. Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway, his thoughtful, imaginative examination of his white family's long history and complicated interactions with blacks, all prompted by the relocation of the family homestead forced by the suburbanization of Raleigh. At 4 p.m., the weekend's only dramatic feature, Blood Done Sign My Name, which was released a year ago and is based on Timothy Tyson's celebrated book of the same title. Afterward, there will be a keynote discussion between Tyson and Cheshire. —David Fellerath