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Film screenings planned for Black History Month

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From page A4 | February 07, 2012 |

Big Screen Cinema will show two films in honor of Black History Month on Friday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis.

The films are “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom” and “The Naked Option.” The first film in the double feature is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be accepted with gratitude.

“Neshoba” tells the story of three American heroes — Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney — and the Mississippi county still divided over the meaning of justice 40 years after their murders.

The 87-minute film takes an unflinching look at ordinary citizens struggling to find peace with their town’s violent, racist past in today’s America.

In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba, a crime that came to be known as the “Mississippi Burning” murders. These young men, two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi, were in the Deep South helping register African-American voters during what became known as “Freedom Summer.”

Although the Klansmen bragged about what they did, no one was held accountable for the murders until 2005, when the state indicted the mastermind of the killings, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old Baptist preacher and notorious racist.

“The Naked Option” reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices heard.

This 64-minute film chronicles the struggle of Nigerian tribal women and the courageous Emem J. Okon who leads them in their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil behemoths Shell and Chevron accountable to the communities in which they operate, pollute and kill.

These women are taking over where the men have failed, transforming their “naked power” into 21st century political action.

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