New Screening Series Looks to Unite Communities through Films Illuminating the Black Experience

Philander Forward Film Series Upcoming screenings:

  • January 18 — 6:30 p.m. – “The U.S. and the Holocaust” (International Holocaust Remembrance)
  • February 1 —  6:30 p.m. – “Making Black America,” Hour 1 (Black History Month)
  • February 8 — 6:30 p.m. – “Making Black America,” Hour 2 (Black History Month)
  • February 15 — 6:30 p.m. – “Making Black America,” Hour 3 (Black History Month)
  • March 1 — 6:30 p.m. – “Making Black America,” Hour 4 (Black History Month)
  • March 15 — 6:30 p.m. – “Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom” (Women’s History Month)
  • TBD – “DreamLand: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.”

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Arkansas PBS and Philander Smith College have partnered for Philander Forward Film Series, a new screening series designed to unite students and communities through films that shed light into the Black experience and the making of Black America.

The series, which is free and open to the public, welcomes students, faculty, and all communities to connect to the campus community through film.

Each event will feature a historical or contemporary film and leave room for dialogue, reflection and the opportunity to explore issues relevant to the world today.

Upcoming screenings include “The U.S. and the Holocaust” on January 18th, and “Making Black America” throughout February and March, with additional films to be announced.

The first film, “The U.S. and the Holocaust, will feature clips from “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a three-part documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein.

The film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States, and race laws in the American South.

The series sheds light on what the U.S. government and American people knew and did as the catastrophe unfolded in Europe, becoming one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history.