Film and TV

Flick Pick

The thirteenth annual Black History Month Film & Video Festival this weekend will feature two films by the renowned Mexican documentarian Rafael R. Corona, as well as a 29-minute look at a late, lamented African-American bookstore here in Denver and a piece on the plight of Haitians as seen by Haitian filmmaker Jean-René Rinvil.

The Corona films are From Florida to Coahuila (2002), which examines the ties between a population of black people living in Mexico and their relatives in the of town Bracketville, Texas, and The Forgotten Root (2002), which revives the all-but-forgotten subject of African slaves exported to Mexico. The festival's director, Davon E. Johnson, is also the maker of Have a Hue-Man Experience: An African-American Bookstore and More (1990), which tells the story of the celebrated booksore -- now sadly defunct -- that served as a community center and a cultural resource in northeast Denver. Rinvil's Laviche (2002) focuses on the problems affecting Haitians in an era of increasing political and economic pressures from the United States government.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, February 5, at the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, 3091 California Street. For information and screening times, call Davon E. Johnson at 720-422-0144.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Bill Gallo
Contact: Bill Gallo

Latest Stories