July Summer Film Festival at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Catch Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentaries plus a special program of archival short films

Each Saturday in July AAMLO will be screening a series of documentary films by Stanley Nelson plus a one day special program of archival short films. All screenings begin at 2 pm.

Stanley Nelson is one of the foremost chroniclers of the African American experience working in nonfiction film today. His films, many of which have aired on PBS, combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.

Saturday July 7 

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities (Stanley Nelson, 2017)

America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson, examines the impact these institutions have had on the nation for over 150 years.

Saturday July 14

Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson, 2010)

Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentary, Freedom Riders, tells the story of the courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged the racial segregation of interstate transportation in the American South. Based in part on the book Freedom riders: 1961 and the struggle for racial justice, by Raymond Arsenault.

Saturday July 21

Freedom Summer (Stanley Nelson, 2014)

Freedom Summer recalls the events of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student activists worked together to register African-American voters in violently segregationist Mississippi and shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation's most segregated state. Fifty years later, Stanley Nelson's documentary film takes a look back at the epochal campaign.

Saturday July 28

AAMLO Archive Films: From the Vaults

Drawn from the vast collection in the African American Museum & Library at Oakland archives, this program will feature a diverse set of short films, from home movies to an episode of the legendary Jay Payton Show featuring the pioneering dance group the Black Resurgents.


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