What’s Happening Now: Liberation Film Series

Black Media Council and the Orun Center for Cultural Arts


Liberation Film Series


This bi-weekly film series is designed to facilitate discussions around various issues impacting people of African descent both in the US and around the globe. In addition, the series is also geared around illuminating and celebrating the many filmmakers that utilize this artform as a tool of education and empowerment instead of one of mis-education and disempowerment. Following each showing will be a discussion!!!


Occurring Twice a Month at the Orun Center for Cultural Arts. Located in East Austin at

1401 b Cedar Ave, Austin, TX 78702. Go to the Facebook page for more info!!!


*Note- All film showings are scheduled to begin approximately at 7pm

1)     Friday, March 9th, 2012- A Great and Mighty Walk (90 mins.)- Dir. St. Claire-Bourne (1996)

This video chronicles the life and times of the noted African-American historian, scholar, and Pan-Afrikan activist John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). Narrated by Wesley Snipes, this tremendous documentary is both a biography of Clarke himself and an overview of over 5,000 years of history from an Afrocentric approach. From ancient Egypt and Africa’s other great empires, Clarke moves thro ugh Mediterranean borrowings, the Atlantic slave trade, European colonization, the development of the Pan-African movement, and present-day African-American history in his own soulful style.

2)     Friday, March 23rd, 2012- 500 Years Later (108 mins.)- Dir./Written by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah/M.K. Asante Jr. (2005)

 A must see award winning documentary,500 years later from the onset of Slavery and subsequent Colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom-Why? Filmed in five continents, and over twenty countries, 500 Years Later engages the authentic retrospective voice, told from the African vantage-point of those whom history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland.

3)     Friday, April 13th, 2012- Bastards of the Party (95 mins.)- Dir. by Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan (2006)

 If you haven’t seen this film, you’re in for a real treat. Bastards of the Party traces the timeline from the great migration to the rise and demise of both the Black Panther Party and the US Organization in the mid- 1960s, to the formation of what is currently the culture of gangs in Los Angeles. The documentary also chronicles the role of the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI in the evolution of gang culture.

4)     Friday, April 27th, 2012- Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (60 mins.)- Dir. by Byron Hurt (2006)

This highly popular and award winning documentary provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. It pays tribute to hip-hop, while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive and deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Shetfall. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender, violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.



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