Cinematique to host Civil rights film festival

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The Friends of the Daytona Beach Library and Cinematique will present a two-day film festival featuring three films that dramatize events from America’s civil rights and post civil rights eras. The films will be shown at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The 1999 film “Selma, Lord Selma’’ stars Jurnee Smollett as Sheyann Webb, front, and Clifton Powell, left, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 1999 film “Selma, Lord Selma’’ stars Jurnee Smollett as Sheyann Webb, front, and Clifton Powell, left, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

They include:
• Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” 7:30 p.m. March 8. The 2013 film is based on the true story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades.

• “Selma, Lord, Selma” 2:30 p.m. March 9. Based on true events, this film tells the story of “Bloody Sunday” through the eyes of an 11-year-old African-American girl named Sheyann Webb.

• “Fruitvale Station” 5:30 p.m. March 9. This film logs a day in the life of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.

No charge
Following each film, Ben Trotter will lead a discussion of the film and its background. Trotter, a library assistant at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, has a bachelor’s degree in film from the University of Central Florida.

There is no charge for the movies, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, contact Deborah Shafer at dshafer@volusia.org or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264. Adults attending Sunday’s matinee with their children will be given priority for that event. Food and beverages will be available at the theater.

The film festival is part of the Connecting with the Community series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Throughout 2014, the library will sponsor book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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