Cinematique to host civil rights film festival this weekend

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.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler’’ stars Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler’’ stars Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.

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.

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.

There is no charge for the movies, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, contact Deborah Shafer at or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.



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