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Doc Shorts: The Black Experience

A program that explores the Black experience from a multiplicity of perspectives.

126 minutes 8 Films
Available Nov. 5-22
Available Only in MO/IL

Q&A with "8:46's" Dave Chappelle and directors Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert, moderated by documentarian Kamau Bilal, director of "Baby Brother" and assistant teaching professor of film studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Doc Shorts Programming sponsored by Barry & Jackie Albrecht and Pat Scallet

 

846

8:46

Directed by
Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
2020
28 minutes
English
Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (Oscar winners for last year’s “American Factory”) capture a special event by comedian Dave Chappelle on June 6, 2020, at the Wirrig Pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The title “8:46” references both the eight minutes and 46 seconds that police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd and Chappelle’s time of birth, which was 8:46 AM. In his performance, Chappelle pointedly addresses Floyd’s murder and the protests it inspired, and discusses the history of violence against African Americans in the U.S.
A Fresh Perspective

A Fresh Perspective

Directed by
Aaron Hosé
2019
12 minutes
English
The story of three African Americans in Pittsburgh who create the nation's first-ever Black beer festival.
Larry from Gary

Larry from Gary

Directed by
Dan Rybicky
2020
26 minutes
English
A dedicated Black dance teacher continues working with and inspiring his current and former students even after his nationally recognized arts high school in Gary, Ind., is closed by the state.
The Lost Astronaut

The Lost Astronaut

Directed by
Ben Proudfoot
2019
13 minutes
English
In 1963, Ed Dwight Jr. was poised to be NASA's first Black astronaut, but he never made it into space.
Sonnie

Sonnie

Directed by
Samuel Mirpoorian
2020
11 minutes
English
Single father Deon "Sonnie" Casey, who has faced hardship, is determined to provide a better life for his son, and finds strength and solace in competitive weightlifting.
This Land

This Land

Directed by
Whit Hassett & Chelsea Jolly
2019
10 minutes
English
Faith E. Briggs runs 150 miles through three of the country?s national monuments and explores the place of Black people in public lands.
The Torture Letters

The Torture Letters

Directed by
Laurence Ralph
2020
13 minutes
English
Through four letters to victims, author Laurence Ralph chronicles the history of torture in Chicago and the burgeoning activist movement against police violence.
Turf Nation

Turf Nation

Directed by
Jun Bae
2019
13 minutes
English
On Bay Area Rapid Transit trains, street dancers engage in turfing, an Oakland-born dance form with roots in gang culture that combines elements of tutting, gliding, and bone breaking.