Nationtime, the late William Greaves’s long-lost film, documents the 1972 National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana. At the convention, more than 10,000 Black people—including Fannie Lou Hamer, Bobby Seale, Harry Belafonte, Jesse Jackson, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and more—gathered in Gary, Indiana to establish a self-determined Black political agenda. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.
We invite you to join us for a virtual watch party on Friday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST. You will receive a link in your confirmation email to access the Kino Lorber website so you can register to watch the film. With a special Center for Constitutional Rights code, the film will be available to you that evening and for seven days. Please note that the film is only accessible to audience members in the United States and Canada.
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About Freedom Flicks
At the Center for Constitutional Rights, we believe in the transformative power of art and culture. Freedom Flicks, the Center’s long-running film series, harnesses the power of film to educate, activate, and build community. Freedom Flicks engages audiences across disciplines in stories of struggle and courage that shape our world, past and present. Our programming includes screenings of cutting-edge, socially engaged films followed by a short conversation with storytellers, lawyers, and activists. Join us.