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FAMU Law Celebrates Black History Month By Kicking Off Law Related Film Series

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law is recognizing Black History Month by kicking off its Spring 2019 Popcorn and Flicks series with four Law-related documentaries and dramas. Screenings will be held at the College of Law on Thursday evenings beginning in February and ending in April.
FAMU Law Professor Rhoda Pierre Cato is coordinating the film series as a spinoff from her Law and Film Seminar. The screenings are open. Films selected for screening reflect a broad theme, “Law Makes the World Go Round” that underscores how vastly law impacts our daily lives. A variety of topics including race relations, women’s equality, sexual harassment, homelessness, prison awareness and family relations presented in the films are sure to educate, entertain, and generate provocative conversation and ideas.
I am Not Your Negro is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript examining race relations in the United States. When We Were Kings won the Academy Award in 1996 for best documentary. It is the story of champion Muhammad Ali and his quest to regain the heavyweight boxing title after being stripped of it when he refused to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
“These films tell stories that have been forgotten by some, unheard by others, and are relevant to all humanity,” said Professor Rhoda Pierre Cato. “My students asked that we share the experience of viewing and discussing films such as the ones offered in this series, with a broader audience. It’s a chance to see how law becomes personal, communal and historical.”
The film series began on February 7 and will continue through April 4.
Spring 2019 Popcorn and Flicks in order of viewing:
  • Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, 2013 documentary
  • I Am Somebody, 1969 documentary
  • I Am Not Your Negro, 2016 documentary
  • When We Were Kings, 1996 documentary
  • A Gathering of Old Men, 1987 drama
  • The Dhamma Brothers, 2007 documentary
  • The Florida Project, 2017 drama

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