NATIONTIME-GARY - Philadelphia Premiere
On-Line Event (CineSend)
Q&A with David Greaves and Mjenzi Traylor. Moderated by Louis Massiah.
Co-presented with Blackstar Film Festival and Lightbox Film Center at UArts
In March of 1972, filmmaker William Greaves documented the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, a gathering of over 10,000 participants representing the wide spectrum of the Black freedom movement—including civil rights leaders, elected politicians, cultural nationalists, Black Panthers, trade unionists and others activists. NATIONTIME-GARY includes electrifying speeches by poet and conference co-convener Amiri Baraka, PUSH founder Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale and key women in the Black freedom struggle—Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Fannie Lou Hamer and Queen Mother Moore. A long-lost historical document capturing the momentum of black political thought and issues of the time, NATIONTIME–GARY is one of the most powerful films Greaves ever made.
William Greaves (1926–2014) directed over 100 documentary films focusing on African American history, politics, and culture. This is the director’s original 90-minute cut of the film that was never released. It re-emerges at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is galvanizing support across the nation. Found in a Pittsburgh warehouse in 2018, the 48-year-old film was painstakingly restored in 4K by IndieCollect under the supervision of Louise Greaves, the director’s widow and filmmaking partner.
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