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Friday, February 6, 2009

Weekend To-Do: Reel Civil Rights Film Festival

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From "Trouble in Water."

REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
2 p.m., Market Street Cinema. Free.

For the third year in a row, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, in partnership with Market Street Cinema, offers a free film festival focused om civil rights issues. Which is not code for the kind of stuffy documentaries cultural anthropology professors screen. Organizers have assembled an impressive lineup for the two-day festival. For the kids, Charles Burnett's “Selma, Lord, Selma” (2 p.m.), about schoolgirls who join MLK Jr.'s march to Selma, kicks off the festival. The Renaud brothers' fantastic study of Little Rock's most famous high school, “Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later” (4 p.m.), is essential viewing for anyone who hasn't seen it, and I'm sure it would still be rewarding the second time through. “Trouble in Water” (7 p.m.) is bound to inspire the bad feelings of the Bush era; it's a Katrina documentary, and one praised maybe even more than Spike Lee's. The festival continues on Sunday with “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” (2 p.m.), a documentary that looks at masculinity and sexism in contemporary hip-hop. “Where Water Meets the Sky” (4 p.m.) tells the story of a group of Zambian women who learn how to make a film. Finally, “For the Bible Tells Me So” (7 p.m.) examines the conflict, or lack thereof, of sexual identity and faith. Each day, student-produced short docs will precede each film.

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