Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the Montreal premiere of LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER followed by a Q&A with co-director Geeta Gandbhir!
This mesmeric deep dive into Black civil rights organizing in America’s south provides the pre-history to the Black Panther Party and the 1960s Selma to Montgomery marches. Incredible archives make the backbone of this gem, while poignant interviews animate the historical record.
About the film
LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER
Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard / United States / 2022 / 90' / English
The passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 represented not the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement, but the beginning of a new, crucial chapter. Nowhere was this next battle better epitomized than in Lowndes County, Alabama, a rural, impoverished town with a vicious history of racist terrorism. In a town that was eighty percent Black but had zero Black voters, laws were just paper without power.
This isn’t a story of hope but of action. Through first person accounts and searing archival footage, LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power in Lowndes County.
Active Listeners will be in attendance provided by the Black-led multilingual support line project Vicky.
This event is a part of Black History Month and is co-presented by Vicky.
Admission is by donation ($5-10 suggested). The venue is wheelchair accessible. In order to prevent the spreading of COVID 19, wearing a mask at Cinema Politica Concordia events is strongly recommended.