This programme of films has been curated by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, for Black Cinema House. Black Cinema House is an organisation that hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about the people of the African diaspora. Located in Chicago, it is a flagship programme of Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighbourhoods and to revitalize communities through culture based, artist led and neighbourhood driven activities.
For more information please see the Black Cinema House website.
Down in the Delta
Directed by Maya Angelou
Running time: 112 minutes
The only feature film that author, poet and filmmaker Maya Angelou ever directed, Down in the Delta (1998) was originally produced for Showtime cable network, but ended up being distributed theatrically. Based on an script by Myron Goble, it's the story of Loretta (Alfre Woodard), a struggling single parent living with her mother Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) and two children in Chicago. Drugs and alcohol have lead Loretta to neglect her autistic daughter Tracy (Kulani Hassen) so Rosa Lynn decides to pawn an important family heirloom to raise some money and send them back to their hometown. Reluctantly, Loretta and her children go to live with Uncle Earl (Al Freeman Jr.) who runs a diner in the dry and rural Mississippi Delta, but, after finding strength in their roots, they begin rebuilding their lives.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.