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LRFF Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Complete Schedule

Little Rock Film Festival presents The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival The film festival features documentaries and films related to past and current civil and human rights issues in the United States and abroad. The festival is free, but tickets are required. To RSVP, log onto Schedule is as follows: Friday, September 21 – Opening Night 7:00 p.m. – Miss Representation (2011) (90 min). Written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Location: The Peabody Little Rock, located at Three Statehouse Plaza (Conway Room) Saturday, September 22 1:00 p.m. – Victory through History: The Power of YOUth! Digital Storytelling Showcase and Panel Discussion. (120 min). Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site’s Youth Leadership Academy will screen a collection of their digital stories and participate in a panel discussion hosted by Arkansas Education Television Network. The digital stories are a compilation of youth produced, short video vignettes showcasing significant moments in the lives of the students. Through the digital stories, the mission is to help develop student leaders, raise consciousness in communities, and encourage creativity in education about civil and human rights. Location: The Peabody Little Rock, located at Three Statehouse Plaza (Conway Room) 3:00 p.m. – A Class Apart (2009) (60 min). Produced...

The Little Rock Film Festival announces program for the 2012 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  As a part of its year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.  The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival will take place September 21st – 25th, 2012 in lead up to the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School.  All screenings and events are FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required.  For tickets: “The festival sheds light on important past and contemporary civil and human rights issues in the nation and abroad,” says Reel Civil Rights festival director Spirit Trickey.  “It is a privilege to honor such distinguished civil rights icons as the Little Rock Nine, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, and Tony Award winner Harry Belafonte.” The festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Miss Representation on Friday, September 21st at 7 p.m. in the Conway Room of the Peabody Hotel.  Screenings will continue all day Saturday at the Peabody, along with a discussion with author and motivational speaker Kevin Powell at Oxford American Magazine (1300 Main Street).  Sunday’s screenings and events will take place at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock, including a 6 p.m. screening and conversation with Olympic gold medalist and civil rights activist Tommie Smith.  Tommie Smith shocked the world in 1968 when he clinched his fist in a black power salute while receiving his gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Closing night of the festival will take place on Tuesday, September...