2017 Denton Black Film Festival: Word Warriors III

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WORD WARRIORS III sounds the alarm, calling an end to the cyclical epidemic of self- destruction that has attacked our black boys and young black men. A powerful social commentary that explores the circumstances of young African American men in today’s society, and explores the concept of using one’s words as a weapon vs. guns and violence. We examine the power of the mighty power of the WORD from the perspectives of a group of young Black men who are poets, as well as community activists, educators, and noted elder poets – aka THE WORD WARRIOR GRIOTS – who speak wisdom from a historical point of view and who have been instrumental figures in the Civil Rights Movement and in shaking the halls of injustice with their weapons of words. The film features powerful interviews and performances from Malcolm Jamal Warner; the late, great Amiri Baraka; Amina Baraka; Daniel Beaty; Pat’s Justice; Shirley Bradley LeFlore; Eugene Redmond; and Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets; to name a few. The film also includes a revealing roundtable with African American men who share their personal journeys that reflect the stories of so many black men in America that live in urban communities in our country, and many who have fallen prey to drugs, alcohol, violence, and gangs. Yet, despite these negative influences, these men have a message of hope to their peers and to future generations, encouraging them to “break” the cycle, and hope to motivate and inspire others to triumph over adversity and circumstance.

Screening with: Strange Fruit
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