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AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR STANLEY NELSON AND FIRELIGHT FILMS LAUNCHES HBCU TOUR WITH PUBLIC MEDIA STATIONS FOR TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
This documentary explores the Impact of HBCUs on American History, Culture, and National Identity for More Than 150 Years.
Firelight Films, the award-winning production company committed to making films about pivotal events, movements, and people in American history, is partnering with public media stations to present the latest film from Stanley Nelson, the preeminent storyteller of the African-American experience, to students, faculty and leadership at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) around the country.
Beginning November 14 at Dillard University in Baton Rouge, LA, in partnership with public media station WYES, the HBCU tour for Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities will feature screenings of the film followed by panel discussions with Nelson, university leaders, prominent alumni, and other invited guests to talk about the important issues explored in the documentary. The tour is a major part of #HBCURising, the year-long multi-platform engagement project designed to drive dialogue sparked by the film among a variety of audiences. Written, directed and produced by Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and produced by Firelight Films,
Tell Them We Are Rising reveals for the first time the complex history of how HBCUs, havens for Black intellectuals, artists, and trailblazers, offered a path of promise toward the American dream, educated the architects of freedom movements throughout the decades and cultivated leaders in every field. The film also examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity for more than 150 years. “We felt it was very important to showcase the film to students on HBCU campuses because this is a vital part of our African-American and American history,” said director Stanley Nelson. “Many students and even alumni are not aware of the deep history of how and why HBCUs were created and the foundation for success they provided for African Americans. We appreciate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s support and the partnership on the ground with local public television and radio stations to make this tour possible.”
The film will also be available for online viewing on PBS.org beginning February 20, 2018. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was recently presented at the New Orleans Film Festival, Indiana Black Expo, BlackStar Film Festival, NABJ Convention, National Action Network Convention, and the African Diaspora Film Festival in Paris.
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