Activists on Screen: The Sun Rises in The East

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Join us to kick off our new Activists on Screen film series with a screening of the award-winning 2022 documentary, The Sun Rises in The East. The film chronicles the birth, rise and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Led by educator and activist Jitu Weusi, The East embodied Black self-determination, building more than a dozen institutions, including its own African-centered school, food co-op, newsmagazine, publishing company, record label, restaurant, clothing shop and bookstore.

The program begins with Community Control by Tanika I. Williams and Shahkeem Williams, a video artwork celebrating the enduring activism of native Brooklynites using archival footage from 1970s Black community media programs.

A conversation with filmmakers Tayo Giwa, Cynthia Gordon Giwa, Tanika I. Williams and Shahkeem Williams will follow the screening. Moderated by Kamau Ware.

Activists on Screen is a new documentary film series examining NYC’s longstanding engagement with social activism, inspired by the Museum's centennial and our ongoing exhibition Activist New York. The series is programmed by Sarah Seidman, MCNY's Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, and film curator Melissa Lyde, founder and creator of Alfreda's Cinema.

Activists on Screen: The Sun Rises in The East

Starts at: 2023-11-16 23:30:00
Ends at:
Museum of the City of New York

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