Sunday Films at the Wright
This season of our Sunday Films is a four-part series that uncover stories of courage and resilience, shedding light on the African Diasporic experience.
February 25, 1-3pm: Hope of Escape
This historical docudrama tells the true story that follows the incredible journey of an enslaved mother and daughter who must escape before they are sold and separated forever.
Their only hope is to connect with their free relatives in the North and convince the most powerful abolitionists of their time to help them. Directed by Amy Gerber, 2023, 105 Minutes, USA, Drama, English
February 4, 1-3pm: Becoming Frederick Douglass
Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans. Directed by Stanley Nelson, 55 minutes, USA, Documentary, English
January 28, 1-3pm: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Zora Neale Hurston, path-breaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), established the African American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. This definitive film biography, eighteen years in the making, portrays Zora in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original. Directed by Sam Pollard, 2008, 83 minutes, USA, Documentary, English
February 18, 1-3pm: Minga and the Broken Spoon
Minga is an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she was washing dishes in the river, she accidentally broke a spoon.
A furious Mami Kaba then chased her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. An adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest. Directed by Claye Edou, 2017, 80 minutes, Animation, Cameroon, English