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NHFPL / Black History Month Film Series: Invisible Heroes African-Americans in the Spanish Civil War

  • NHFPL/IVES 133 Elm St, New Haven, CT 06510 United States (map)

In 1936, some 2,800 young Americans, together with 50,000 volunteers from 54 countries, offered their lives in defense of the Spanish Republic. What is less known is that 85 African Americans joined that heroic struggle to fight against racism and for the very civil rights denied to them in their own country.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Jacinto Lirola, our longstanding contributor on European Art, History and Politics.


Strange Fruit
Saturday, February 6, 2 pm | Wilson
Running time: 118 minutes
Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of this renowned Billie Holiday song. While many assume Strange Fruit was written by Holiday herself, it actually began as a poem by a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx, motivated and disturbed to write after seeing a photograph of a lynching. The stark verse was published in 1938 under the pseudonym Lewis Allan. 

Freedom Riders
Saturday, February 13, 2 pm | Wilson
Running time: 120 minutes
Directed by Stanley Nelson, the 2010 documentary is based in part on the book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by historian Raymond Arsenault. The film chronicles the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who challenged the racial segregation in the American South.
 
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Saturday, February 20, 2 pm | Wilson
Running time: 100 minutes
Directed by Göran Olsson, this 2011 documentary examines the Black Power Movement in the U.S. from 1967-1975. It features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later) along with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.
 

Invisible Heroes: African-Americans in the Spanish Civil War
Saturday, February 27, 2 pm | Ives
Running time: 77 minutes
In 1936, some 2,800 young Americans, together with 50,000 volunteers from 54 countries, offered their lives in defense of the Spanish Republic. What is less known is that 85 African Americans joined that heroic struggle to fight against racism and for the very civil rights denied to them in their own country. The film will be followed by a conversation with Jacinto Lirola, our longstanding contributor on European Art, History and Politics.
 

Later Event: February 27
No Pop: Cave-in