Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full-length films.
4 pm Citizen King 1h
A documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.
6 pm Moonlight (2016)R | 1h 51minA timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001
2001 – Algeria/France/Germany – 100 min
by Rachid Bouchareb
Aging Senegalese man Alloune curates a slavery museum in his home country. Spurred by the reaction of curious patrons, Alloune is inspired to find the descendants of the people brought to the United States during the slave trade. So he travels to America, eventually landing in New York and meeting up with his cab driver nephew, Hassan, Hassan’s girlfriend, Biram, and storekeeper Ida, who could be Alloune’s distant relative.
La Maison Française, Embassy of France in the United States
4101 Reservoir Road NW
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington, DC 20003
The films of the Civil War are rich in the conflicts between the slave South and the abolitionist North.
February 26, 4:00 pm: Slavery by Another Name Samuel D. Pollard’s Slavery by Another Name (2012) documents how debt peonage or involuntary servitude took the place of slavery for as many of 80,000 African-Americans in the South after the Civil War — 9,000 of whom died in captivity.
Retrace Reverend Josiah Henson’s footsteps from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom. Learn about his extraordinary life, which inspired the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Screenings of the Time Team America documentary: The Search for Josiah Henson at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.
Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom
Create and share your own “sounds of freedom” in the form of original poetry during our annual poetry event. Only self-guided tours are offered during the program. A reception with light refreshments immediately follows.
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Rd Rockville, MD 20852