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.
Directed by DeWitt Beall
Running time: 52 minutes
A 1970 documentary, Lord Thing by DeWitt Beall sheds new light on an overlooked chapter of Chicago history – the role of gangs in its West Side neighbourhoods during the 1950s and 1960s. The film focuses especially on the story of the organisation known as the 'Vice Lords', later known as the 'Conservative Vice Lords', a gang that made the transition from violent activity to legitimate social activism. With a dynamic style that includes speeches, recollections and on-the-spot footage it tells the story of a group that was spawned by poverty and police harassment.
Screening and film courtesy of Chicago Film Archives.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.