CTFilmFest52 and Bethel Cinema is hosting a Black History Month In Film Wednesdays series in February.
The showcase begins Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., with two short features, back-to-back: “Through the Flak: Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen” and “There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues.”
In “Through the Flak,” Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, 96, and Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, 93, recount their experiences as the first African American military pilots who not only fought a World War, but fought for the right to fight for their country. Director Jesse Nesser is expected for a Q&A.
“Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues” is an hour-long documentary, narrated by James Earl Jones, that chronicles the history of black baseball and examines the re-integration of the game.
Next up, on Feb.19, at 7 p.m., is an encore presentation of “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith,” which tells the story of Keith, an ordinary “colored” man from Detroit, who became a controversial federal judge who would shape civil rights law and challenge a sitting president. Decades later, Keith’s rulings resonate in a nation still arguing about “which lives matter.” Ness, who also directed this film, will be on hand for a Q&A.
The series wraps Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., with the documentary “Miles Davis: Birth of Cool.” An hour prior to the screening, there will be reception with a jazz performance by the WCSU All-Stars. The central theme of Davis’ life, and of the film, is Davis’ restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms.